IF I WERE A MILLIONAIRE
If I were a millionaire, what shall I do with my millions? Of course, I cannot eat my gold! I can eat two meals a day like the poorest of human beings.
I will use this money to bring an end to the money-minded civilization. Money has become a great problem. Nobody thinks of the work he can do. Everybody thinks of the money, he can extract from the others.
The first method to achieve my aim would be to form a small community where people would work together for the good of all without thinking of the individual. Everybody would devote himself t the general good. Money would have a secondary position in its thinking, living and doing.
It might be small community of say a hundred men, women and children. They would pool together all their resources-men, money and material. All money would be kept in a common fund which would create opportunities of employment, food, clothing, houses and entertainment for everybody. We should pool together our technical skills and other resources for the good of all. Production on a large scale is always cheaper and better. To this common effort I would give my millions.
This is how I will use money. I will create a moneyless civilization. Money is the prime cause of all troubles in the modern world. What we need is a civilization with less stress on the profit motive, a state in which qualities of head and heart are more prized than power and possessions.
This in brief, is my scheme to use millions. I would pass my days supervising the community institutions. I know I will have my hands full, but the satisfaction that I will get from my belief that my money is being properly used, will more than compensate me.
It is also possible that I will have to meet some opposition from various people. I may earn many nicknames, but these things will not deter me. But I know also that my work will be certainly appreciated in the long run.
Actually it is very difficult to say what would have happened if the circumstances were difficult. Since I am not a millionaire, I can make many claims on my conscience. But if the voice of conscience, however feeble, is any guide, I would say, with certainty, that I would love to live like any poor man if I were a millionaire.
It has been very rightly said that "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride". But it is wonderful to have wishes. Even though they may not come true, there is no harm in dreaming.
Although I am not a poor man, but I would like to have so much money that I could do something for those who are less fortunate than me. I do not see any harm in having every luxury for myself, if in turn I can do something worthwhile for the poor. It has been my dream to see each child well nourished. When I see children on the streets with no food I feel great pain. Although their parents try their best, they cannot provide their children with food, clothing and shelter. Then they turn to begging.
If I were a millionaire I would do my best to provide permanent shelter, food and clothing for the poor. I would open schools for them where the children could learn I would help them to be so independent that they can find fruitful employment for themselves.
I would also build hospitals so as to provide them with good medical facilities. India has progressed a lot and we do have good medical facilities but the poor people cannot afford these. If a poor child is sick, there is every possibility that he may die due to lack of medicines and doctors. I would like to build a hospital with modern facilities where people will get medical assistance free of cost.
I would donate money to social service organisations like destitute homes, orphanages, homes for the aged and reformatories.
Unfortunately when one becomes extremely rich, one he forget the plight of those who are less fortunate. My motto would be, "live and let live". In fact I would do all that I could for my parents too so that they may not have to break their backs working for us. I would make them so comfortable that even in their old age they would feel great to be alive. I would like to enjoy the fruits of money but I would always remain sensitive and sympathetic to the agony of those who are less fortunate.