Last post we began the issue of where prosperity stops, and ruining the planet begins. I told you about the CEO of a company who chastised me after I spoke about prosperity at a convention. He told me, “Randy the world can’t afford for everyone to drive four or five cars. The rainforests are disappearing and over consumption is destroying the planet. You’ve got to stop preaching this prosperity stuff.”
First I pointed out to him that I only drive one car at a time anyway. Then I asked him who he thought was going to save the world.
“Teachers,” he replied, “teachers and nurses.”
I practically swallowed my teeth I was laughing so hard. Not because I don’t appreciate teachers and nurses. I love them in fact. I think they have two of the most important jobs on the planet. But I also know that they are two of the lowest paying jobs around as well.
What I told the CEO was that nurses and teachers were not going to save the rainforest, because they are too preoccupied with making the minimum payments on their credit cards each month. Like most poor people, they are so busy trying to overcome the challenges and hardships they face, they have little time or resources to worry about helping the greater good.
Saving the rainforests is nice, but if you’re worried about where you’re going to get the money for your own child’s school supplies, the forests are going to take a back seat. Sending money to the World Wildlife Fund sounds like a great idea. But if you’re concerned with being able to buy enough groceries to feed your family, it’s going to go down the priority chain quick.
Do we need to be concerned about vanishing species, diminishing rainforests, and the disappearing ozone layer? Without a doubt.
But what’s the answer?
Should we all stop using electricity? Go back to living in grass huts? Mothball all the airplanes and cars?
I don’t think so. The answer is not to move backward.
We save the world by saving ourselves. And we save ourselves by growth. Moving forward, not backward. PROGRESS is the answer for the world. Learning new ways to grow crops. Biospheres, hydroponics and growing food on other planets. Harnessing the power of the sun, the air and the oceans. Turning salt water into drinking water, deserts into farmland, and garbage into fuel. Transforming lack consciousness for prosperity consciousness.
And who’s going to do all this, you may ask.
RICH PEOPLE. People who understand free enterprise, investment and business are the ones who will create the innovation and progress that can save the planet.
Socialism won’t cut it. And neither will Communism.
Both of these “isms,” who each claim to look out for the masses are actually anti-prosperity, and thus, anti-humanity. They can never, and will never, make the world a better place. They foster only lack and victim thinking.
Only capitalism – the free market economy – can create the jobs, advancement, and forward growth necessary to overcome the challenges of change. In capitalism, you become wealthy by providing something of such value, people are willing to trade their money for it. And the more value you create, the wealthier you become.
So you want to save the world? You can start by manifesting your own prosperity first.
That’s my take. What do you think?