The following video offers an unorthodox and surprising interview. Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad) laughs, jokes and smirks, but he makes some brilliant points.
I disagree with him in some regards. Although he admits that the current political and economic system is corrupt, he doesn’t mind making money off that system. He seems to see making money as purely a matter of pragmatic self-interest. He exploits the existing system and, in a sense, even celebrates that system despite its corruption.
I’ve never read Rich Dad, Poor Dad, but I understand it to be Kiyosaki’s story of growing up with a father and step-father. One was rich; the other poor. I don’t know that the “rich dad” was a moral or immoral man. I don’t know if the “poor dad” was moral or immoral. It would suit my argument if the “rich dad” was amoral or immoral while the “poor dad” tended to be more “moral”. But I don’t know that those stereotypes are true in relation to Kiyosaki’s two “dads”.
Nevertheless, having seen the following video, I will speculate that early in life, Kiyosaki compared his “rich dad” to his “poor dad” and determined that, no matter what, he didn’t want to be poor. Therefore, Kiyosaki learned to emulate his “rich dad”–quite possibly without regard to “rich dad’s” morality. I’m guessing that Kiyosaki decided to get rich without any inhibitions from questions of morality. If his “poor dad” tended to be moral, so what?–he was still poor, wasn’t he?
His reluctance to make moral judgments may even explain why he laughs and jokes so much about getting rich. I’m only guessing, but his video implies that, for him, making money is merely a joke because jokes don’t include any serious moral implications. Conversely, if there are any serious moral considerations involved in getting rich, perhaps they can be avoided or at least concealed if we can tell enough jokes.
In any case, Kiyosaki doesn’t seem to be put off by the existing system’s fundamental immorality. Which is probably part of the reason why he’s rich.
I, too, perceive the existing system is fundamentally corrupt, deceptive and unjust. But seeing that system as fundamentally immoral and therefore, I see that system as something to be avoided as much as possible. Prosperity isn’t enough of a reason for me to shake hands with the Devil or even with one of the Devil’s check-out clerks.. Which may be a part of the reason why I do not live a prosperous lifestyle.
Even so, despite my discomfort with what I perceive as Mr. Kiyosaki’s tendency to amorality and possible lack of spirituality, I have to admit that he offers some profound insights as to how the modern world actually (as opposed to ideally) works. At least, how it works for now.