I've had more than one conversation, especially with Christians, sharing the opinion that one of the biggest ways to change the world is by making loads of money. Give it away! Fund a charity! Invent a solution! Being willfully poor, in order to ensure humility is likely to accomplish nothing, but it may result in an embittered attitude. In the knobby-headed public sector, the goal isn't to ensure humility but to serve the world at great personal cost. Oh! The humanity! Sometimes it's just self-indulgence:
These people do in fact need to grow up, and understand that there are other ways to help people than forming non-profits and NGOs, or working for a government bureaucracy. People are helped most by technological advances that make essential items--food, transportation, communication, shelter--more affordable and accessible to them, not by those who provide them with handouts and sympathy, and keep them in a state of perpetual dependency.The above linked article is one of the very best I've read on this topic.