The wealthy have an ethical obligation to share more of their wealth with the government and poor. There is no magical formula to acquire wealth. It comes about from factors which may be benign or malicious. Benign factors include hard work, sacrifice and learning. Malicious factors include windfalls, lotteries, inheritances and luck. Just as the tides rise and fall, wealth comes and goes. It is accumulated from others and it is natural to share wealth as a way to achieve balance. It is part of the natural ebb and flow of wealth that it should be shared by the wealthy with the government and the poor.
First, it must be acknowledged that there is not a divine right to be wealthy. The wealthy are no more deserving of wealth than anyone else. While someone may be born into a wealthy family or society, no one is really born with a “silver spoon in the mouth.” Also, there is no known alchemy to turn someone into a person of wealth. It has to do with many factors including luck.
Next, the factors which produce wealth may be benign or malicious. If wealth results from years of hard work and sacrifice, the person who gets wealthy may deserve it, although it must be conceded that others who work hard and sacrifice may have missed out on growing wealthy because of other factors. If wealth results from being at the right place at the right time, the wealthy person will likely be viewed as undeserving and ill feelings will arise surrounding this wealthy person. Regardless of the emergence of wealth, the person who lives an excessive or showy lifestyle damages society by creating ill will. With this harm comes the unlikely continuation of wealth to the same person because those from whom wealth has been gotten will choose to contribute their resources to another person, if available.
Finally, wealth is presently a fact of life in the same way that poverty is a fact of life. Until we can eliminate these things, it benefits us to redistribute wealth to some degree. Governments are perhaps the greatest force for doing this by their decisions to tax and spend. Also, nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations have expanded across the world to provide services to the poor by collecting money from those who have money and using it for the poor.
If people viewed wealth and poverty as a natural part of society, we could begin to address it in a more natural way. Tides rise and fall near the ocean waters. When the tide is in, fishing may be easier. When the tides fall, beachcombing is possible. The wealthy have the ability to give more money than others, and should do so as naturally as the rising tides.