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Other People’s Money

As we pass through life, there is the simple reality that we each need to find a way to survive. Once upon a time, in the long ago and the far-far away, that may have meant building your own shelter out of your surrounding materials, growing your own food, and/or killing your prey to eat. And, for some, that is still the case, I suppose. I know back in the 1960s, there were those who set out to created, or maybe better put, recreate, a completely agrarian, self-sustaining, community. For some, that worked for a while. But, most of those have fallen away. Now, what we are left with is trying to find a means to pay for our everything to survive.
How do you pay for your everything to survive?
Most people never truly chart out that question. They simply do what they need to do. For some, they were born with family support, providing them with the financial and the psychological fortitude to drive forward into life with a keen sense of survival. Many were taught to do what they do as their means of survive based upon the moral good of not intentionally doing things that will hurt others as they chart their way through their life. Sadly, this is not always the case, however. Some people, for whatever reason, simply do not care about the effect they may be having on others as they find their means of life support.
This factor is not always as obvious as one may think. Sure, there are those who steal from others, take advantage of others, or obviously hurt others as they find their means of surviving their path through life. But, there are also many more subtle levels of this process. There are those who are, for example, provided with an inheritance or a trust fund from money made by a previous generation. There are those who are provided with a home of their own, based upon their family’s previous earned money—money generated by someone else. There are those who may have been married, then divorced, and live off of the alimony or palimony of their former spouse. Though all of these methods may be considered acceptable by modern society, are they truly karmically acceptable? Or, if they are studied—if the person taking advantage of these methods of financing their life, via someone else’s money, are studied, are they truly walking a good or righteous path, no matter what they do with that someone else’s money?
This is one of the most important and essential things one must view as they truly study the life of themselves or any other individual. How are the surviving? How are they making the money they need to house and to feed and to take care of themselves and their family?  
If you do not, very consciously, study this process, in and of yourself, if your do not, very consciously, chart what you are doing, how you are doing it, why you are doing it, and how what you are doing is doing to others, in your method to financially make your way through life, then what does that make you? Answer: A person who cares for no one but yourself. Is that who you are? Is that who the people you associate are? And, if so, what does that say about you? What does that say about the people you associate with?
If you do not/have not thought about this factor of your life, don’t you think it is time that you did?