Some people say that money is the root of all evil. Those people are wrong. Money is simply a representation of man’s labor. Money is a tool that enables one man to create a good or service and then voluntarily trade it for another man’s good or service. A man who earns his fortune deserves it and should be proud of his virtue that is represented by the money he made. A man who inherits a fortune starts at the same place as one who inherits nothing; he can make it grow and expand if he is wise, or he will lose it if he is foolish. A small man will not keep a large fortune. Free money is the only money that could be considered bad; giving someone what they have not earned flies in the face of nature. Taking a man’s earnings through taxes and fear of guns or imprisonment or fear of burning in hell is wicked.
I didn’t start with much, but I intend to go out and make as much money as my abilities will allow me to. A byproduct of my making money will be the benefit that I provide to the world around me, whether it be in the form of a new invention or a better way of mass producing an old one.