Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
This too is meaningless.
As goods increase,
so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owner
except to feast his eyes on them?
The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
whether he eats little or much,
but the abundance of a rich man
permits him no sleep.
Ecclesiastes 5: 10-12
I had already written this post, which was to be nothing but this bit of Scripture, when I saw the following on my friend Rachel’s facebook page, and decided to append it. It fits perfectly.
Jasmine (17) and Li Ping (14) work 12-14 hours a day, 7 days a week. At the risk of getting caught and punished, they catch a tiny nap on their pile of jeans before finishing the deadline for an international order. Sometimes they use tape or clothespins to keep their eyes open so they don’t accidentally fall asleep.
To find out more about Jasmine and Li Ping, Rachel recommends the documentary China Blue.