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Fetalvero: How to be rich

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“FOREVER rich,” a plant from the cactus species that I got from a friend, got me thinking: How does one get to be rich forever? Wow! Unlimited sources of income?

My grandfather used to kid around when it comes to venturing of being moneyed. He said: “You can either organize a labor union or establish a religion or rob a bank.” Then he winked at me. Seriously, if you want to get rich, be a producer, not a consumer. If you want to be a millionaire, be a supplier not a buyer. Nowadays, if you want to be a billionaire, invent a computer program, an app or a video game.

In the Philippines, some Filipinos’ idea of getting rich is by dipping one’s fingers in government coffers. It has been in the headlines lately. You have less chances of getting jailed if you steal big time. They became rich and famous. Are they behind bars? They are up and about putting on innocent faces.

Making a fast buck by manufacturing shabu will surely make you rich but you will end up in jail if not six feet below the ground level. Why take the illegal path when there are ways to improve your financial standing through legal means? Flex your muscles, pick your brain or be innovative with your hands.

It doesn’t even matter if you have a handicap. There were persons with dyslexia who succeeded in what they did. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Leonardo Da Vinci was a sculptor and painter. Tom Cruise is a popular and talented actor. There are several others who did not give up but rather proved that you are what you become by the choices you make.

One sick way of improving a country’s Gross National Product (GNP) is by spreading a virus, then inventIng the vaccine. In my opinion, spreading a virus is the most evil of all evils. Look at the devastation the pandemic has brought us. Is there a gold mine in the discovery of vaccines? A pharmaceutical intervention to prevent someone from getting infected? I would rather fix my gaze toward a panacea for greed. Greed started it all; the quest for power.

Is Covid-19 a test case scenario? I am not trying to scare anyone but biochemical weaponry is inevitable in the field of military arsenal. Should a single country in the world consider it an option, it will surely annihilate mankind.

As a Catholic, let us be assured that “God, in His infinite goodness, will make everything to the advantage of those who love Him; even under the hands of those who strike us, we kiss His hands which heal.”


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