Have you ever really thought about “Wealth”? By definition,Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1974 edition defines wealth as; noun, 1. abundance of valuable material possessions or resources. 2. abundant supply: Profusion. 3. a: all property that has a money value or an exchangeable value. b. all material objects that have economic utility; esp : the stock of useful goods having economic value in existence at any one time.
Mr. Webster offers interesting definitions, but they are rather limited and limiting. What about good health as being another form of wealth? Shouldn't this be also considered “wealth” and having good health as being “wealthy”? What about being of advanced age, elderly? Is this not another type of “Wealth”, wealth in years? Would not “Freedom and Liberty” be also a “Great Wealth”?
Consider this, without freedom and liberty, wealth is limited to just a few. Freedom and Liberty is the wide access door for the masses to enter prosperity and abundance. With freedom and liberty, old age can be made less painful and lonely for millions. Those of advanced age, having made their contribution to society are the encyclopedias of knowledge, “wealth”, and experiences, also a form of wealth.
By limiting the definition of wealth to monetary based definitions, true wealth is missed in many aspects. Our elderly are one of greatest assets a nation can have. The other is its new borns. By looking at both ends of the life cycle, a nations greatest wealth is identified. That greatest wealth is its Freedom, Liberty and its people, not its natural resources or its monetary system. Let us all focus more on the people and less on their money. It will make a better nation.