Would you give up your wealth for truth and justice?

@laydee (12814)
Philippines
August 5, 2009 9:37pm CST
We are easy to judge when it comes to other people, now let's just say you're in this situation, how would you react and what would you do? Your family has always been rich, you have spent your life not really worrying about money. Your family is close, loving, humble and your family even supports charities and philanthropic works. After several years, you found out that your wealth (through your father and other relatives) are actually blood money. Your ancestors have been secretly dealing drugs, and funding terrorists etc. Would you give up your wealth and give it to the poor? Now really, it's not your fault they did it that way, but you know you've been enjoying these 'joys' from others suffering. What would you do?
10 responses
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
6 Aug 09
I'd give it up without question and probably begin therapy to help deal with the guilt.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
Truly? Do you think you could just adjust to an extreme change in lifestyle overnight?
• Belgium
6 Aug 09
I do not think that I will be able to give up my wealth in such a scenario. I mean practically this is a very hard decision to take. Suppose if someone has a family, a kid. He has to take care of them. And if suddenly one day he decides to give up on all his wealth then how is he going to support his family. He has to take care of his family as well. I think doing something like this is much easier said than done.
@webearn99 (1744)
• India
6 Aug 09
This scenario would come as a surprise to me. I should have been living under a rock if I did not know the source of family funding. Now that I know, I would most probably come to terms with the fact and continue to enjoy the lifestyle. Just to assuage any guilt, I would probably donate some money to the needy and get done with it. Shocking but hard reality.
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@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
That is very sad. I have seen many youth now whose parents are not exactly righteous. They have blood in their hands. But these youth seem to be unperturbed with their situation. Probably they have nowhere to go. I am glad I am not in a situation. Should it have happened to me, I will make a journey somewhere where I couldn't be found. I'd repent for my family. When time has healed, I will try to make amends for those aggrieved. Give justice to every man. If my family deserves prison, so be it.
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• India
11 Aug 09
Now it really doesn't matter what I do now, for the damage has already been done. Since we were not aware of the sources of the riches which we were enjoying it doesn't not make us guilty of sucking money from other people. Giving everything away and leading an humble life may be a solution out of this ignorance but better still we can start earning through legal means and then keep helping those people who have been victim of such a thing. If we give everything away we can fund the supply of basic amenities of life of these people for some days, but what after that. So it is prudent to keep earning the money and wealth through good means and then do charity which will be helpful to both the poor and the family.
@ypyanyan (956)
• China
7 Aug 09
No,I don't give up my wealth and give it to the poor.Firstly,the money is your familys 's blood money,you haven't have rights to give it to the money.they bring you up by their method.You only do it.You try to study to master the skills ,and earn lots of money to help the poor.you can do that you don't waste any things,give what you don't need to the poor.
@grundmang (112)
• Israel
6 Aug 09
well being calm and safe is being healthy so justice can make us healthy on its own
6 Aug 09
lol i need to see truth and justice in this world. if i had wealth i would quickly give it up for peace and i wouldnt give up that peace for wealth
• United States
6 Aug 09
Hi, Laydee! There's no question - I'd do it in a heartbeat! In fact, I've done it. I have nothing left, but that doesn't matter at all. I'm compelled to do the right thing, and others matter! A local man was so ashamed to discover that his father was an active Nazi and took part in the Holocaust, he wrote a book about it and left his birth family behind when he converted to Judaism as a message of atonement. He said he was ashamed to have all that in his background, and he's very actively doing all he can to make up for the sins of his father. THAT's as it should be!
@yelrihs (301)
• Australia
6 Aug 09
i will probably gave back to the society a little, but not all. because what my ancestors have done is not what i want. also my life has been really tough, if i were to be rich, i dont think i'd ever give my wealth up and live this life all over again.. i call this reality unfortunately..