Filthy Rich in Humility
“Have more than you show, speak less than you know, lend less than you owe.” A quote by made in Shakespear’s King Lear that was made over four hundred years ago, and yet it can yield great rewards today if used in daily life.
In the world we live in material goods, notoriety, and money go hand in hand. If you have it you flaunt it, others speak about it, and you throw it around. It has become a status quo of wealth to be flamboyant in action and image. However, as we chase our dreams and reap the benefits money should not be the only reward. A individual who seeks wealth, financial and spiritual, should also seek to be refined and humble. A true sign of success is not just what you have, but also how you utilize it to the betterment of yourself.
The quote “Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest” suggests that it is best to be judicious or practical when it comes handling yourself as well as dealing with others in life relationships.
To gain a true understanding of the weight this quote holds we will look at the three parts of this quote individually as relates to life in general, which is what King Lear is, an examination of a man’s life.
1. Have more than you show.
Sometimes it is not in your best interest to reveal to others all that you have. You have to know who you are dealing with and what their motives truly are. In essence, you are protecting yourself and your family when you think this way. Everyone does not have to know all of your business and what you own.
Also, when we show all that we have, it can be seen as you being “showy” or flaunting your good fortune. While it is good to proud of your achievements, you must have humility. You are a poor person if all you have is wealth. Also, flashy habits can invite the jealousy of others.
2. Speak less than you know.
It is natural that some individuals will know more than others. Like wealth knowledge can be used as a tool to create superiority and make individuals seem quite pompous. Using speech, we can flaunt our great knowledge of and expertise in a subject. However, it sometimes is better to withhold a bit of what we know so others are not intimidated by this. If they seek to draw more information out of us on a subject because of personal interest, that is fine.
3. Give less than what you owe.
True wealth will last generations and not a season. Take money in in greater quantity, as opposed to giving significant sums out. Its great fun to leave a stack in a strippers G string, but it is more prudent to invest or save so there won’t be any rainy days.