Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Andrew Carnegie's Maxim

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was an American businessman and philanthropist who said "The man who dies rich dies disgraced." Looking at the Last Wills' pages in newspapers seems to suggest that few take Carnegie's words to heart (very ordinary estates are often now well over a million pounds) and people even seem to gloat over how much they are going to leave behind. I suppose they feel that it is the next best thing to taking it with them: to know that a newspaper will publish how much they were 'worth' in £$,the moment before they fell off the perch, rather than what they achieved or whom they helped along the way. It seems sad to me and the increasing secularization of western society seems to make little difference to people's attitudes.

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