Once I had a student in a computer course telling me that he used to hack people’s bank accounts and steal only from those accounts with 50000+ cash on it. He told me he did time for it after being caught, before he started this course. He was jobless now. He said that he was thinking of doing this again.
I don’t know why he told me this. Obviously he wanted to hear arguments against doing so. Or did he really imagine I would approve of it?
He thought that the more people possess, the less they will mind if a few dollars were missing.
I told him that the richest people do mind a lot more losing even one dollar than those with a lesser amount of cash. Those who treasure their cash as if it were their children mind a lot more missing just one dollar.
Indeed they do, that’s why they accumulate more. Moreover, they really deserve our compassion. They are also dwelling in this existence, with perhaps an even more constricted outlook on life than most of us, limiting themselves to acquiring goods that they will never be able to take with them after passing away.
It took him 10 days to swallow this information.
He then successfully finished the course and found a well paid regular job 2 months later.
He doesn’t dream any more of becoming rich,
his wife told him that with two jobs, they have enough!