The growth of the fortunes
Really, how do you think these assets
grow every day (at the horrendous pace
we have seen in the first part of this text)?
Through the work of the
Or do you still believe in the fairy tale that
money multiplies by itself, just like that,
without anybody needing to work for it?
It’s our work which increases
these assets daily by billions.
We are convinced that if we do not buy the
brand-name shirts which our children beg for,
it is as if we let them go hungry.
And if we do not send them to expensive private
we condemn them to spend their lives in poverty.
The truth is, however, that thanks to the work of
that we mentioned (and all the others that we haven’t mentioned)
at the present time nobody on earth needs to work like a slave and
no one should go hungry.
― But in the third world the people are indeed hungry.
Of course they are hungry.
They must be hungry.
If we do not work as we do and if they are not
how will the futures we mentioned be created?
And how would Mr X, the actor, as I recently heard
television, spend 5,000 dollars on a dinner for two in a
restaurant in Beverly Hills?
we will work only as a hobby?
Only doing the jobs that we like?
Are there no jobs that nobody likes?
Who will do this work?.
If we haven’t yet got a machine for this
be assured that it will soon be built. Until then, however,
we should do it ourselves.
In the current system the problem is solved by
If I do not like the job which must be done, say collecting
the trash, I pay someone else and he does it for me.
This causes absolutely no ethical problems
to the existing individualistic system.
Consider, however, the same problem of sharing
in an environment where everyone cares for everyone
else and not for himself.
There, would it be right to make another
do what you do not want to do yourself?
Really, in a family or in a group of friends why
think about asking payment for doing something?
Even under the inhumane individualistic regime in
which we live,
no one comes up with the idea of charging fees for bringing the
rubbish down, or washing the dishes.
there I do it for my
brothers, for my friends
When we move from
"me" to "we" will
we not feel the same for all people?
Why should I ask for
payment? By the way,
the work that I perform is a work which
I have chosen myself, a work that I like.
I imagined three cases of highly successful
who in three hypothetical letters refuse to accept money
"for services rendered":
Why should they all ask for a reward?
Is their job itself not reward enough for them?
A job that they love
(otherwise they wouldn’t be so successful),
is it not something like a hobby?
Does anybody demand payment
to pursue his hobby?