WN: If not, what can individuals do to prepare themselves for the future?
Kill your television, get out of debt, stop worshiping money, live within your means, find what you love to do and do it. And do it well. Figure out what you want, not what some piss-boring, Armani-clad pretentious dipshit on Madison Ave. tells you that you should want, and find a way to make it happen before you die. Everything else is just noise.
And should you persist in the delusion that money will buy you happiness and satisfaction, I recommend building your war chest and keeping your powder dry for now. Eventually some outstanding bargains and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities will rise from the inevitable ashes.
WN: What in your view is the true nature of wealth?
True wealth is a state of mind that has nothing to do with money or material possessions. True wealth is knowing what’s reasonably and genuinely enough for yourself in the material world and building a life that adds more to your emotional/spiritual/mental bottom line than it takes away — ideally, on a daily basis. True wealth can’t be acquired; it must be realized from within.
For me, true wealth is waking up in the morning knowing that I have the means, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual to create a life I love and going to sleep at night knowing that I’ve done my best to do just that. It is being grounded within myself, my principles and personal philosophy and thus immune to the incessant harping of the commercial, corporate world, that strives to convince us we need more and more of whatever it is they’re selling to be happy. True wealth begins with the realization that we don’t.
WN: What are you doing personally these days?
Ignoring the media and politicians, walking in the forest, exploring Wilderness, writing more creatively and developing my blog www.callofthewilderness.com. I realized what I love to do and I’m doing it. Life is too short to do anything else…