Why Make Money? An Answer from the Grave.

Warren Buffett

This may sound like a stupid question: why make money? Ask a dozen people and you will probably get a dozen different answers. I am not going to ask a dozen people. I am going to ask the dead.

The question was prompted by a talk I read over the Christmas break. The talk was by Tibetan Lama Yeshe at the Royal Holloway College in England in 1975. In rather blunt terms he said:

“Since we were born we’ve wasted practically every moment of every day, month and year. Instead of making our time worthwhile and using it to bring happiness, we’ve engaged in only useless actions and used our precious life for nothing. At the time, we’ve thought that what we’ve been doing is useful but if we check we’ll see that it really has not been.

“Perhaps you’ll disagree; you think that what you’ve done has been worthwhile because you’ve taken care of your life, preserved yourself and made money. But is that fulfilling your human potential? Is that all you can do? If that’s all you can do you’re no better than a cat or a rabbit. Having profound human potential but using your life as an animal does is such a waste of time. You have to realize how incredibly tragic that is.”[1]

Is Lama Yeshe right? If we make money simply to live are we doing no better than a rabbit or cat that can also fend for themselves? Is this all we have can do with our abilities? Let us ask those who have already had their lives and then come back.

A near-death experience (NDE) is one where people who have been declared clinically “dead”, are resuscitated and report that during the event they left their physical body and visited what appeared to be the realm of the afterlife. In 1981 a Gallup Poll found that eight million American adults had experienced a near death experience (NDE).[2] That is one person out of every twenty.

Irrespective of a person’s cultural background or beliefs NDEs tend to have remarkably similar themes. One of these is the life review where a person is able to remember in an instant every experience they have had in life:

“’It’s like climbing right inside a movie of your life,’ says one NEDer. ‘Every moment from every year of your life is played back in complete sensory detail. Total, total recall. And it all happens in an instant.’”[3]


“’The whole thing was really odd. I was there; I was actually seeing these flashbacks; I was actually walking through them, and it was so fast. Yet, it was slow enough that I could take it all in.’”[4]

“Thoughts, too, are replayed with exacting fidelity during the life review. Reveries, faces glimpsed once but remembered for years, things that made one laugh, the joy one felt when gazing at a particular painting, childish worries, and long forgotten daydreams — all flit through one’s mind in a second. As one NDEer summarizes: ‘Not even your thoughts are lost… Every thought was there.’”[5]

During these reviews, NDEers are often accompanied by beings of light that support and provide guidance during the process. Critically, unlike the accounts of hell-fire and judgment of Christian and other religions, the NDEers universally report that the beings of light NEVER judge them and only feel love and acceptance in their presence:

“The only judgment that ever takes place is the self-judgment and arises solely out of the NDEer’s own feelings of guilt and repentance.”[6]

But if NDEers are not judged by the light beings for their actions during their life review it does not mean that the light beings do not have a point of view. Over and over again the light beings emphasise two things. The first is the importance of love:

“Over and over they repeat this message, that we must learn to replace anger with love, learn to love more, learn to forgive and love everyone unconditionally, and learn that we, in turn, are loved. This appears to be the only moral criterion the beings use. Even sexual activity ceases to possess the moral sigma we humans are so fond of attaching to it. One of Whitton’s subjects reported that after living several withdrawn and depressed incarnations he was urged to plan life as an amorous and sexually active female in order to add balance to the overall development of his soul.”[7]

The second point emphasised by light beings is the importance of knowledge:

“Frequently NDEers comment that the beings seemed pleased whenever an incident involving knowledge or learning flickered during their life review. Some are openly counseled to embark on a quest for knowledge after they return to their physical bodies, especially knowledge related to self-growth or that enhances one’s ability to help other people. “[8]

For me, the most striking feature of the reports people come back from the dead with is the sheer commonality of the experience. This ability to replicate results is the basis of good science. Hence I think what NDEers universally report as being important to life can serve as a useful basis to answer the question of why make money.

Both Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have made plans that the money they have made is put to good use when they die.[9] Did the journeys they took help them to love more? Did they learn and acquire knowledge that would help others? From reports from beyond physical life it seems that it is not so much what we do, but our intent, that matters most. If we search our hearts we probably didn’t need NDEers to tell us this. But it is nice to be reminded once in a while.

[1] http://multimedia.lamayeshe.com/making-the-most-of-your-life

[2] David Talbot The Holographic Universe p.240.

[3] David Talbot The Holographic Universe p.249. quoting Whitton and Fisher, Life between Life, p. 39.

[4] David Talbot The Holographic Universe p.249. quoting Raymond A. Moddy Jr., Life after Life p. 68.

[5] David Talbot The Holographic Universe p.249. quoting Raymond A. Moddy Jr., Reflections on Life after Life p. 35.

[6] David Talbot The Holographic Universe p.250.

[7] David Talbot The Holographic Universe p.250 quoting Whitton and Fisher, Life between Life, pp 42–43.

[8] David Talbot The Holographic Universe p.251.

[9] https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/021615/who-does-warren-buffett-plan-bequeath-his-estate.asp