The Spiritual Pariah and The Rich Man

A conversation between them.

2 min readDec 14, 2020


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“You fool, you don’t seem to have any purpose in life.”

I do have a purpose. I seek happiness.”

“How can you be happy when you aren’t working hard to earn enough. Keep that spiritual bullshit aside. Be practical. There’s nothing wrong with leaving materialism momentarily. But you can’t live like this.”

I earn enough money to spend for myself, my shelter, and food. I can get that from begging. Do I need more?”

“What kind of a useless life is that? You don’t make a difference in the world. Even if you died now, no one will come to your funeral. And you don’t earn, you beg, bloody beggar!”

I have a question. Can I burn your house down?”

“You asshole!. I always knew that you had your eyes on my mansion. I worked so hard for years to build my house and my wealth. Why will I burn it down now?”

So what, just work hard again and build it again?”

“I can’t keep working hard my whole life. There must be a time when I must enjoy the fruits of my labor.”

I do whatever I want, whenever I want. I can live the way I want to live. Can you do the same?”

“Yes, except destroying things I’ve worked hard for, I can do the same. You just smoke ganja the whole day and think that you are some kind of an enlightened saint. Let me tell you, I too had this idea in my youth, but spirituality doesn’t mean becoming a societal pariah. You will always need some things in your life. I see my past self in you, please don’t waste your life like this. You can live a blissful life without indulging in drugs the whole day.”

You are in a societal prison. Your thoughts are all bound. In this old age, you still can’t accept it. It doesn’t seem like you have a lot of time left. Use it well, old man. I have found my bliss. Don’t waste your time on me.”

A few days later, two people died.

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