Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Work of the Poor

The pleasures of the rich are often acquired by the tears of the poor.

The creation of the world would have been a very bad act were it right for rich people to live off the work of the poor, and yet think that they were the benefactors.

Wealth is created by the concentration of human labor; usually one people produce labor, and others concentrate it. This is called “the division of labor” by contemporary wise people.

There is something wrong with the creation of this world, because the rich people think that they are the benefactors of the poor, but in fact those rich are fed and dressed by the work of these poor and live in luxury created for them by the poor.
(Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, 19 March)
23 March 2016

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