If I Were a Rich Man

At the height of his fame the writer Rudyard Kipling was invited to address a large gathering of university students in Canada. In his address he made this profound statement: ‘Some day,’ he said, ‘you will meet a man who doesn’t care for wealth, for position or for fame. Only when you meet him will you know how poor you are.’ There are three great motivating drives in human society: the desire for wealth; the desire for prestige; and the desire for power. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong in any of those things, our obsession with them is the cause of all our woes and our poverty of spirit. Jesus taught that what is important is not what you gain, but what you give; not the prestige that you acquire, but the way you honour others; not the power you exercise over people, but the way you empower them.

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