Before seeking to expand our wealth, our power and our conquests, each of us must strive to cultivate within ourselves a state of mind that allows us to appreciate what we already have, even if it is very little.
For the essence is never in the possessions themselves, but in the feelings we get from the things we own.
It is our ability to experience feelings that makes us living beings, and as such, the slightest thing can satisfy us if we know how to consider it.
Otherwise, we can possess a world empire and still feel poor and empty on the inside, because inside, we are dead. How can a dead person feel joy? To rejoice we have to be alive.
And we are alive when we learn to refine our perceptions and develop a taste for things. And taste is often inversely proportional to quantity.