Most people who know me well know that I'm a fan of Robert Kiyosaki.  In fact, most people who read this blog regularly, or even know me on Facebook, know that.  So it shouldn't surprise anyone that I started reading Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Robert and his sister Emi yesterday.

I have to confess that I'm enjoying it immensely, even though at this point I have to admit to only having gotten through the preface, the introduction and chapter one so far.  If it keeps being as good as it has this early, then I'm probably going to enjoy it as much, if not more, than all of his other books I've read.

Now I need to point one thing out.  This is not a review of the book.  It would be pretty stupid to try to write a review on a book that I've only just gotten a few pages into (though in the 12th Grade I did an essay on a biography of Marie Curie even though I'd only read 4 chapters - and I passed the essay fairly well).  No, I've been struggling with reading material lately.  Not struggling to find it, but really struggling to get into it.  Everything I've picked up in the last several months has been a real struggle (and it shouldn't be).

For some reason all the books I've been picking up just haven't been grabbing me, until yesterday.  Which was why it was so refreshing that, while reading it, I came across the answer to a question I'd never even considered, or if I was to state it more correctly, I'd just assumed an observation for a fact and it was just plain wrong.

If you haven't read the book, Robert's sister Emi is a buddhist nun.  Don't worry, I'm not giving away any vital plot secrets by saying that.  In fact, if you find a copy in your local bookstore (provided they're not all extinct in your part of the world) there's a photo of her and Robert on the cover and Emi is wearing her nun's robes.

So here's where I got an answer to a question I'd never considered, or, like I said, an assumption I'd made that was wrong (are there any other kind?).  I'd always assumed that because they're (almost) always broke, buddhist monks and nuns must take a vow of poverty.  I mean, unless you have first hand experience of buddhist nuns and monks, why wouldn't you make an assumption like that?  They're usually broke, so that means they don't have money.  If they don't have money then they must have taken a vow of poverty, right?

Wrong!  Absolutely, unequivocally wrong.  Bhuddist nuns and monks don't take a vow of poverty because there is no requirement in bhuddist philosophy to take a vow of poverty.  So, in my mind, the question now becomes, if there's no requirement to take a vow of poverty, why are they usually so broke?

And in spending a little time in reflection on that question last night, I think I came up with a credible answer because I think it applies to people who don't follow the bhuddist philosophy too.

We often hear people say, "I just want a simple life."

Then we often hear those same people complaining because their always broke, or they try to justify that with saying that they're after spiritual riches, not monetary ones.

I honestly think that they are, in many cases, mistaking simplicity for poverty.  I could be wrong here.  In fact, it wouldn't be the first time I was.  But I don't think I'm entirely off the mark though.

To take it a step further, what about asking ourselves another important question.  What's the point in becoming spiritually rich and remaining broke in a real world sense? 

At a time when people are protesting (justifieably) around the world against capitalism, claiming it has failed, it's time to ask some questions.  My answer is that it's not capitalism that's failed us, but a lack of accountability. 

And the protests are happening here in my little corner of the world too.  Even while Queen Elizabeth II visits.  When asked if they would try to disrupt her visit one protester said it was a possibility because one woman controlling that much money was abhorrent.

What is so abhorrent about that?  Is it the fact that she's got that much money?  Or is it the fact that she's a woman?  Or is it the fact that you don't have that much money that's abhorrent?

Do you know what I find abhorrent?  Poverty is abhorrent.  The fact that people are able to create opportunity to create wealth and they refuse to even try is abhorrent.

In his book, the $1 Million Dollar Reason to Change Your Mind, Aussie success coach Pat Mesiti defines poverty as an act of selfishness.  He says it's selfish because when you're poor, you can only afford to put food on your own table, but when you're rich, you're able to afford to put food on other people's tables too.

I don't know about you, but I'm sick of being selfish.



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