In Antic times of Fales already there was known a phrase: “If you’re so clever, why are you so poor?” So, where’s a conclusion?
“A noble poverty”
Saying the truth, the original version of this phrase is more strict and clear at the same time: “If you’re so clever, why are you so dead?” It means: “If you were cleverer you would have been alive”. But when we talk about wealth its meaning changes. Why? Because scientists, doctors and other representatives of the intellectual salt of the Earth don’t want to continue this thought: “If you were cleverer you would have been a bit richer. So, you turn out to be stupid”.
In spite of the fact that you read Sartre, you can multiply seven-digit numbers in you head, you’re stupid. Even if your boss doesn’t understand your subtle intellect, and a crowd – your noble impulses, you’re still stupid. But why? So, the intellectual elite give an evasive answer: to be a poor is a pride because ordinary people don’t understand, don’t value, don’t listen, and… don’t pay them. Thus, they consider a broad – minded person to be hero who wasn’t under someone’s thumb. As a result, poverty turned out to be an evidence of a profound knowledge. Now a word “businessman” becomes disgusting.
It’s ready! The poverty is a merit, a proof of intellect presence, but not of its absence. Nevertheless those who are richer ask such ironic questions that make the poor be nervous. Why it is so?
As poor as intelligent
The only right answer is: “You’re so poor because you are so clever”. If you were cleverer in other ways you’d be much richer.
Let’s compare what way of thinking leads to the poverty or to the wealth? We’re not going to deep into details. We just present you results.
There are two characteristics that make us poor or rich, they are restrictions and imagination. If we draw them as a coordinate system we’ll get:
from the right to the left there’s an axle from the poor imagination (“If I can’t see, this doesn’t exist in our world”) to the rich one. From the bottom to the Zero point we have an axle of real or physical restrictions (fences, boarders, police, force of gravity, your neighbor’s fists). And a higher axle shows moral restrictions (rules, morality, habits, fears, superstitions).
So, we’ve got four interesting squares:
1. Poor intelligence
People of this type have a great imagination and a lot of morel restrictions. Besides, the imagination strengthens the restrictions. Imaginative processes function within limits and in a special direction. A poor intelligent aspires to follow fashion, rules, expectations, wishes, norms, and habits. Such people use their imagination to become the best among the others. In most cases poor and intelligent usually work for somebody. But they also manage to be proud of themselves and to not to respect their employers.
2. Toilers (farmers, hard workers)
They have less moral restrictions because they not imaginative. A farmer is hard to be inspired with a great idea; he has to plough (in different senses). His way of thinking is quite straight, without any elevated ideas. A farmer has very simple moral principles: don’t kill, don’t steal, an eye for an eye. Good deeds should be concrete (facts, not words). It’s necessary pay for good, and beat for evil deeds. They consider ideas to be unserious, because there so much real work to do instead. The farmers usually work for themselves and their families, even if they formally work for other people.
They don’t have imagination and moral restrictions (“I want this”, “This is mine”). A bandit can be restricted only by real boarders, fences, bars and so on. Their natural cruelty towards those who don’t give them what they want can’t be limited by their sympathy (they don’t have enough imagination) or by their breeding (there are no any moral restrictions). Bandits don’t work ordinary. They become tensed to take something away or to appropriate. Bandits where in our history: grand princes, atamans, czars, kings were motivated in the same way. Even two hundred years ago there was a law “the most powerful is chief”. And nowadays it’s also actual within a Ministry of Internal Affairs. The more strength and power has a bandit the more dangerous he is.
Their wide imagination doesn’t work on creating moral restrictions but on going round real ones. A sly-boot doesn’t incline to build anything, he prefers to obtain and this fact makes him similar to a Bandit. But despite a bandit he doesn’t use his force, he’d better deceive. A sly-boot can become a swindler at the minimum, and a financial magnate or a Church Father.
To sum up, the Poor and Intelligent usually work for Sly-Boots and Farmers. In most difficult situations they work for Bandits because of their fears.
Bandits usually rob Farmers (often) and the Poor and Intelligent (rare, because they give less). Bandits usually don’t engage because they don’t like to pay, they’d prefer slaving work.
In most cases the Sly-boots are those who come to the top and can control and restrict Bandits and obtain Farmers’ goods.