Carnegie’s Gospel


Carnegie’sGospel of Wealth

Carnegie’sGospel of Wealth

According to Carnegie (2014),wealth results from hard work and perseverance. In the contemporaryworld, there is a significant difference between the rich and thepoor. However, in the past there was an economic and politicalequality. There was no one leading a better life than the other. Thecurrent average person can afford what the richest person in the olddays could not afford. The disparity has been enhanced by therevolution brought about by the civilization (Köseman, 2012).Civilization has brought the need to look for wealth and the ways forlooking for it.

The current middle class is madeup of individuals who know how to get wealth. However, the wealthypeople do not achieve the wishes of the ultimate end of theirproperty upon their death. Carnegie called upon the wealthy to sharetheir wealth with the poor so that they can witness the usage oftheir assets while alive (Carnegie, 2014). He further claimed that itwas unspeakable for someone to die wealthy. The essence of sharingthe wealth with the poor was to reduce the gap between the rich andthe poor (Köseman, 2012). There was no need for using the capitalfor individual happiness while others were desperate.

An observation aroused the argumentof Carnegie that many wealthy people left their property to the heirsupon their death. The heirs eventually misappropriated the use of theownership for their pleasure. The argument, therefore, was againstthe bequeathing the property to the heirs (Carnegie, 2014). He alsoclaimed that when the property was left to the charity organizations,there was no guarantee that the money would be used as intended. Thereason was that there was no supervision since the individual wouldbe already dead.


Köseman, Z. (2012). Fromthe way of wealth to the gospel of wealth.Bethesda, Md.: Academica Press.

Carnegie, A. (2014). Autobiographyof Andrew Carnegie and His Essay of The Gospel of Wealth.Mineola:Dover Publications.