It’s been said that Happiness doesn’t increase significantly once you have a roof over your head, food on the table and love in your heart.
I came across a post on Facebook today which brought me back to a book my Dad likes Enough by John C Bogle, the Founder and former CEO of Vanguard Mutual Fund Group created in 1974. ”…the most rampant decadence today is financial decadence, the trampling of decent norms about how to use and harness money.” He goes on to quote a party conversation between Kurt Vonnegut and his pal, Joseph Heller. Vonnegut states their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch-22 during its entire history of sales. Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have … enough.”
Bogle reinforces this point with a quotation from Socrates made 2,500 years ago: “I honor and love you; but why do you who are citizens of this great and mighty nation care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul? Are you not ashamed of this? I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man.”
This is the Facebook post about Capitalism’s “Too Much”. I know I have Enough. Now is the best season to give back