One of Confucius’ wise quotes states: “The superior man is aware of righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage”. From this can be deduced reality in that the superior man is spiritual. The inferior man, being physical, is governed according to natural laws. He requires observing those natural laws, if in need of satisfaction.
What drives an individual to accumulate wealth is self-centeredness. However, there are lessons from nature, if life on earth is to be purposeful. A fruit plant produces fruits to feed fruit-eaters, and not to feed itself. The sunshine is not for the sun, but for those benefiting from sunlight.
Likewise, human survival makes sense, only when providing for others. In his crooked condition, man assumes that life is about providing for self. Aware of exposure to deception and degradation, the writer of Proverbs was inspired to record a workable discourse, but for physical humans.
“Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonour the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9 NIV).
Many things are pleasant to observe, but many things are also not pleasant to observe. Normal people desire to enhance what would be pleasant and suppress what would be unpleasant. Unfortunately, many people assume that happiness is possible when prejudicing other people.
But, happiness is possible only when others are happy, in one’s environment. This is why comedians are commonly observed as happy people. This portrays the behaviour of innate laws governing nature, where humans are left with choices to make.
The biggest challenge for humans is the failure to agree on standards that regulate relationships. What is favoured by one could be unacceptable to another. However, what is acceptable to the majority is commonly problematic to the principles of living.