The Gospel of Wealth Essay

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The Gospel of Wealth Andrew Carnegie was among the most famous and wealthy industrialist of his day. He was also a major philanthropist. During the year of 1889 he wrote The Gospel of Wealth. He wrote this excerpt to inform and clarify you on his three motives to distribute your wealth. He targeted audience are mainly the well educated wealth men of his day that have large amount sums of wealth. He urged that the best use of surplus wealth was to donate or distribute it among the public in ways that wasn’t wasteful. That was one of his three modes in which extra wealth can be disposed of. The other two were that it could be left to the families of the descendents or it can be bequeathed, or left to somebody in a will. In discussing the first mode he said “It can be left to families of descendents” (Par.1) but he also mentioned the second mode which said “It can be bequeathed for public purposes” (Par.1). Carnegie said that his first mode was the most injudicious mode meaning it was ill-advised. I agree with him on that because when you inherit something like money you tend to become lazy and stuck up, and that’s because now that you have gotten the money without working for it you think that all of it just grows on trees. The second mode that Carnegie talks about is leaving it for public uses. He says,” Man is content to wait until he is dead before he becomes of much good in the world.” ( Par.2) which also a lot of meaning. He’s basically saying that the only time people will be on your side, or actually like you is when you have something to give to them or have something that benefits them in a good way. That’s when you become even more famous than you were before, and that’s only because you are giving them something they don’t deserve. When he voiced his third opinion about the third mode he felt that the people with the wealth should distribute it

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