Can wealth addiction be compared to drug addiction or alcoholism? Are "wealth addicts" wreaking havoc on the fabric of our country? Are they causing as much damage to our culture and economy as those who are addicted to heroin or crack?
I found an interesting piece from the NY Times, in "SundayReview". The aritlce, titled "For the love of money" written by Sam Polk, former hedge-fund trader and the founder of the nonprofit Groceryships. In his post Sam tells his "addiction story" from start to finish. Sam, a recovering addict, walked away from Wall Street to do something about the wealth addiction problem.
"My experience with drugs and alcohol allowed me to recognize my pursuit of wealth as an addiction. The years of work I did with my counselor helped me heal the parts of myself that felt damaged and inadequate, so that I had enough of a core sense of self to walk away."
In the 3 years since Sam Post left Wall Street (in the pursuit of real happiness) he has gotten married and began reaching out to addicts in jail. He has spoken to teenagers about drug addiction. Sam's newest venture is a nonprofit, Groceryships, designed to help poor families struggling with obesity and food addiction. Sam states, "I'm much happier, I feel as if I'm making a real contribution." To read the full article in the NY Times, click here.