ROME, AD 23
A wealthy Stoic here has developed a new way to administer wealth. His surprising theories have impressed many people. Decius, a Roman citizen, declared that his method involved dividing his wealth into ten grand categories based upon their source: Inherited wealth, Discovered wealth, Trade wealth, Unfair wealth, Interest wealth, Genius wealth, Accidental wealth, Stolen wealth, Trust Fund wealth and Earned wealth. Decius emphasized that none of his holdings fell into the Unfair or Stolen categories, but he presented them to show the complete theory.
“A Jewish tutor friend who is visiting Rome advised me to administer material wealth as a wise and effective trustee of the resources of one generation for the benefit and ennoblement of the next and succeeding generations.” Decius added: “He said a guiding principle is to see all of humankind as brethren and to treat each person as you would wish to be treated. This attitude, augmented by justice, honesty and fairness, will help one solve any specific question of appropriate economic rewards in each category.” The tutor is not a professional economist, but Decius insists his advice is better than any he has ever received. “And, he did not even charge me a fee for his advice,” Decius added.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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