Andrew Carnegie 's The Gospel Of Wealth Essay

805 Words Oct 8th, 2015 4 Pages
Andrew Carnegie, a self made millionaire stated “the man who dies thus rich dies disgrace” (Carnegie). The inspiration came from his belief that men like him held a great responsibility to contribute their wealth for the good of mankind. In his essay “The Gospel of Wealth” he emphasizes on how millionaires should spread their wealth even by leaving a positive impact in the world. However his main concern is how wealthy man should contribute to society when they’re alive. According to Carnegie, wealth can be distributed in three ways, first passing it down to the following family generation. Carnegie’s opinion on leaving money to the family was not a wise choice not just because the family may not be deserving of the money or it being a sense of pride for the family legacy but it was the parents responsibility to teach their children the value of working for their own success. Second, leaving it to the government when they died. He found it as a misleading generosity “Men who leave vast sums in this way may fairly be thought men who would not have left it all had they been able to take it” (Carnegie) and also the money left to the state may not be used properly for the good of people. His last options was giving it back to the community for the good of people during their lifetime however not in the form of “ handouts”. Carnegie’s statement about millionaires sharing their wealth to society, in the form of libraries for example, instead of handouts is his strongest point…

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