The fool plans alone tucking away resources for his own miserly endeavours. The wise one plans through service to others and knows that he stands on a mountain of gold, and to stow away wealth without giving onto others will only be detrimental to his own fate. This system of giving and stowing is also witnessed in how nations accumulate wealth through trade. The nations who sit on rich resources bask in their power, but only have resources to trump their balance sheets. They understand their power only from the physical stance. They trade resources to other nations from a position of self centred arrogance, and this power is exhibited in our world stage in categorisation of the rich nations vs the poor nations.
The entire power structure is relative to the natural resources a nation produces or that which they colonise through war and propaganda, leaving the invaded nations poorer, and tilting the power dynamic in favour of a select few elite nations. The rich nations stand on the shoulders of their fore founders, they stand on the power that they amassed through their land, and the lands of those whom they’ve colonised, past and present. But if all that is taken away, what remains?
When giving and taking stems on the premise of power, the polarity is that one party will eventually sense its powerlessness. When giving stems on the premise of wisdom, the polarity is that one party will eventually experience its foolishness. We live in a world consumed by duality. We cannot discount this universal truth. Therefore, how we address the polarisation effect of our personal undertaking is all that must reside at the focal point of our intention. We give of ourselves to our communities, through service and the roles we play and fulfil, but the intention that imbues our service and our benevolence is that which returns back to us. A world constructed on the premise of duality requires not only resources, nor wisdom. It requires a deeper understanding that the power we hold is only but temporary, and that the resources we sit upon are also temporary. The actions we undertake today may serve us tomorrow, but they can also cause our fall and demise. Nothing in this plane of existence comes with a stamp of permeance upon it. Not you, nor your treasured resources. Not your actions, your successes, failures, nor even your life. When we marvel at our own sense of impermanence, we can truly feel liberated from all the power plays and struggles that we witness in our own life, and on that of our world political stage. With this, we are freed from having to take sides on who is right and who is wrong. Who is good and who is evil. And we are certainly set freed from our own sense of entitlement, arrogance, fortitude and righteousness.