The camel and the needle - a Christian reflects on the morality of wealth
The International Family Offices Journal
Vol. 6 - Iss. 1 pp. 27–30
A first for us - but we hope there will be more on this topic to follow. Daniel FitzPatrick explores the moral meaning of wealth from a Christian's point of view. In "The camel and the needle" he bravely tackles the Christian view that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter heaven. As always, Dan writes clearly and persuasively. He opens with a comment about the current political attitude in the United States against the super wealthy - an attitude of "soak the rich". Dan, who has spent his career working with very wealthy families, writes that they are "the most caring and philanthropic people I know". Dan dissects several parables from the Bible with wit and insight. He closes by urging governments to partner with religious groups to improve the lives of everyone. He includes Margaret Thatcher's warning that, "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."