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The poor are not blessed

Christians say “Blessed are the poor” or the “Poor shall inherit the earth”.

Buddhists say that we should be industrious, diligent and earn our income without breaking moral or ethical ideals. This helps ensure economic stability when faced with disaster. It also allows us to properly provide for our family, assist relatives and friends, and to provide charity to those in need. Buddha always talked about balance; this applies to all aspects of our lives, including work. However work should not cause us to forget the responsibilities, and obligations we have to our family, our relatives and friends, our country and all other sentient beings which we share the cosmos with. As a husband or wife we have to be involved with our partner in the acts of living. In most cases they did not marry your pay check, they married you. Talk to a lot of divorced people and you will hear they grew apart, or the other was always working, never attending family events, or other complaints of this type. A lot of people say divorces are over money issues; this is a visible symptom not the cause of these breakups. Always being the only parent at your children’s school events, not having someone to listen to your day with interest, or help with the daily chores of our household cause dissatisfaction. As the cause appears to be a lack of money or poor management of our wealth, it becomes the issue in our arguments. Step back and we see that mankind has lost balance, and now thinks if we only had more money, a bigger house, etc we would be happier. Yet the rich who are near death and spent their life’s working bemoan the opposite: if I could have spent more time with my children, enjoyed more good times with the wonderful person who I married, and others along these lines show that the accumulation of wealth does not lead to happiness.


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