A recent news article at Yahoo underscores the dangers of pursuing wealth and power. One of the known reasons for the fall of the Roman empire highlighted in Edward Gibbons 19th century work The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire was the widening gap between the rich and the poor. Yahoo news points out that America's welath is owned by only 10% of the nation. The gap has grown incredibly over the past 50 years.
The solution is not to take the wealth away by government interference-although taxation is necessary-but rather for people to pursue things other than wealth. The health of the individual will grow and a fit balance of power will be emerge as people make wealth less important.
There are so many healthy things that can take the place of the pursuit of wealth and power that most people want, but fail to understand are available without money (ie. family, fitness, nature, friends, laughing, walking, loving, playing).