One definition of being rich-rich

How important are our relationships with the people around us?

Musonius Rufus, a Roman philosopher in the 1st century AD, said:

“I need not argue that a man with many friends is more powerful than one who has no friends, and so a man who has many children is more powerful than one without any or with only a few children, or rather much more so, since a son is closer than a friend. One may remark what a fine sight it is to see a man or woman surrounded by their children. Surely one could not witness a procession arrayed in honor of the gods so beautiful nor a choral dance performed in order at a religious celebration so well worth seeing as a chorus of children forming a guard of honor for their father or mother in the city of their birth, leading their parents by the hand or dutifully caring for them in some other way. What is more beautiful than this sight? What is more enviable than these parents, especially if they are good people? For whom would one more gladly join in praying for blessings from the gods, or whom would one be more willing to assist in need?”

Being rich is having the means to have children. But being rich-rich is taking care of them such that they take care of you and your spouse in old age when you are indeed helpless.

They don’t see you as a bank account they can depend upon but as someone they truly look up to. It takes more than money to treat your spouse, children, friends, and acquaintances such that they think highly of you. They would rather see you and be with you. They enjoy your company and learning from you. You are a benefit in their lives.

Now how you can do all this will be discussed in the many future posts at Today I want to instill the idea that being rich-rich isn’t only owning 62.5 percent of the city (according to the Hudson Institute). Being rich-rich is first and foremost owning 100 percent of your mind, body, and actions so you can secure the respect of yourself and those around you.