THE MONOPLY GAME: THE ILLUSION OF MATERIAL GAIN – Someone once asked multi-mega billionaire Warren Buffet why he didn’t own a fleet of expensive cars. He responded by saying that you only have one backside and so if the car you own gets you from A to B then why would you need to have a fleet of them.
Over the last few years the ideology of ‘giving’ has been really taking off. It was an ideology set in motion by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who sincerely believes that all the wealth and material gain one acquires amounts to nothing if it is not for the betterment of humankind.
“If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.” Warren Buffet
It never ceases to amaze me how the extreme wealthy are often ridiculed by the general population; it is of course generally greed and jealousy that fuels this disdain but I often wonder what the average person would do if they suddenly acquired vast wealth.
The answer to this can often be seen from those who win the lottery. Inevitably the first thing they spend money on is a new car. After that comes the big house and undoubtedly with all the stress this creates one certainly needs a well deserved break; generally on a very expensive tropical beach.
There is no doubt that these people do think of others; after all they know their immediate family and friends will be on the phone after learning of their good fortune, but I wonder how many of them have told their family and friends that instead of helping them out they’ve decided to help others in far more need – I suspect a minute proportion, if in fact any at all.
The acquisition of wealth often fuels greed; in other words enough is never really enough but then again there are now a growing number of fabulously wealthy people who realise that one day their life spark will extinguish and on this event all their wealth and material possessions won’t mean anything – or will it?
The issue here is that some of these people have realised that they have a responsibility for their wealth and humanity and therefore even after they have shuffled off their mortal coil they are able to leave behind a legacy of humanitarianism and that’s exactly what they intend to do.
I’m no different from millions of other people; I too would like a life of financial security – no I’m not a dot com billionaire but if I was I would follow in the footsteps of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, Sir Richard Branson and many others who have pledged almost all of their wealth to humanitarian causes before or after their deaths.
Most of us have played the game of Monopoly which teaches us to ruthlessly ruin every other player on the board in order to accumulate ultimate power, wealth and material gain; the truth however remains… no matter how much you manage to accumulate throughout your life you cannot take it with you and therefore, if you are fortunate enough to have achieved your life’s goals, maybe it’s time to consider your legacy.