The current trend of breaking news related to the behavior of planetarium human ” STARS ” in their daily life have prompt a compassionate, vivid emotion about the dehumanization they have been going through any time they want to live their life as an ordinary person. Therefore, the straightforward question which come in the mind of someone from a poor striking family background in a poorest country over indebted, is do the pursue of riches is an acceptable answer to the hope of a better future; considering all the overwhelming challenges induced by the accumulation of wealth? In my Fatherland we believe that, when you become rich, you can secure easiest night sleep and healthiest and nutritional diet for your family, you can improve your longevity, you can realize all your dreams, and expand your list of friends & relatives, and be an influential member of the community as a whole, etc…
In this context, it is extremely hard for us to accept the facts that wealth is not all “roses”, there is a strong link between wealth and depression or wealth and immorality. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, wealth is a state of abundance of valuable material possessions or resources.
The depression is a state of mind, and can have a negative effect on a person’s thoughts, behavior attitude and overall well-being. There is not a single cause of depression. Causes of depression are not fully understood by the medical community, although, it is believed that there are certain triggers that can lead to a depressive state including:
- stressful events in a person’s life (death, job loss, etc…) ;
- certain medical conditions;
- chemical imbalances in the brain;
- social factors (finances, lack of a support system, loneliness, etc…);
Talking about immorality, an interesting set of studies out of BERKELEY contends that there is a correlation between wealth and the lack of ethical behavior. Rich people the study shows, are more likely to cheat, lie and be greedy, self-serving, and rude to strangers. Greed is seen as a virtue, because they are used to always have what ever they want.
Jesus Christ said ” Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth ” Matthew 6: 19. The term “lay up” did not simply speak of having possessions, but of your possessions having you. ” lay up “ could be better translated by ” Hoard or stockpile “. Jesus was not saying that it is wrong to have things, he was warning against becoming materialistic – letting things become more important than God. Matthew 6: 33 ” But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.” The love of God with all your being and the love of your neighbor, this is what life is all about – Mark 12: 28-31. “ Money is not the root of all evil, the love of it is “ For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. ” 1 Timothy 6: 10. The problem with wealth is not in having it is how we get it, the process! ” For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? ” Mark 8: 36. It is how we guard it. And it is how we give it – the best illustration is the story of a poor widow’s offering in the book of Mark 12: 41-44.