Most people lump together into the same category all men who become rich,
refusing to consider the essential question: the source of the riches, the
means by which the wealth was acquired.
Money is a tool of exchange; it represents wealth only so long as it can be
traded for material goods and services. Wealth does not grow in nature; it has
to be produced by men. Nature gives us only the raw materials, but it is man’s
mind that has to discover the knowledge of how to use them. It is man’s
thinking and labor that transform the materials into food, clothing, shelter or
television sets—into all the goods that men require for their survival,
comfort and pleasure.
Behind every step of humanity’s long climb from the cave to New York City,
there is the man who took that step for the first time—the man who discovered
how to make a fire or a wheel or an airplane or an electric light.
When people refuse to consider the source of wealth, what they refuse to
recognize is the fact that wealth is the product of man’s intellect, of his
creative ability, fully as much as is art, science, philosophy or any other