In my last blog post I concluded that "Your children are your only wealth". That's not to say however, that the pursuit of power and material wealth can't allow a man to optimize his evolutionary potential - they can. But it's important to understand who's in charge here, and it's not you. Your body, and its clever self-conscious, is only a protective vessel for the precious genetic material it carries. An adopted host for the DNA that has survived for countless generations, hopping from one body to another over the millenia. Always seeking the optimal carrier, the optimal body to inhabit for another life-sustaining generation. The purpose of material wealth is to optimize and maximize the future potential of your DNA through the natural and sexual selection opportunities it inevitably provides.
However, in the words of Clint Eastwood, "A man has to know his limitations." You can either work with your genetic inheritance, or you can work against it. Swim in the flow of the current, or exhaust and drown yourself swimming against it. What does that mean? It means taking action to simplify your life. It means de-clutter, de-complicate, de-mystify, de-toxify. It means pursuing self-knowledge, self-discovery and acceptance. Acknowledging your failings, accepting them and accepting the "failings" or lapses of others in your life. Without acceptance you will remain a prisoner of your limitations, forever hobbled by anger, fear, regret and loss. With acceptance, you can recognize your limitations for what they are - the guiding parameters of an environment you have enormous potential power to shape.
When people tell you it's complicated - no, it's not! It's simple. Evolution is everywhere. Evolution is everything. You just have to decide if you're working with what you've got, or against it. With your genetic inheritance or against it. With your environment or against it. You can change the latter but not the former. "A man has to know his limitations."