Modern Society teaches us that having a good career and wealth is a part of gaining human admiration and respect, but that is only true because greed propels those who are poor to seek the status of those who are wealthy. quote]
I would like to point out that people have other reasons for having good careers than simply amassing wealth and gaining the 'love and admiration' of others. People are teachers, police, firefighters, secretaries and any number of other occupations upon which every single one of us depend for the smooth day-to-day running of our society. To claim that their only motivations are greed and the desire to buy diamonds and 'Louis Vuitton bags' is simplistic to say the least.
One of the things that many cult leaders and followers like to do is de-value 'normal', everyday occupations and to claim that the people who perform necessary jobs are materialistic, shallow and self-serving.
This is not true and it is a point of view very compatible with 'cult-think' because it means that the only work of value is the 'spiritual' work done in service to the cult. Thus no matter how routine and menial the work is, the cult-members eyes are kept fixed on the rewards that will come to him/her in the afterlife.
Many people do choose an occupation that will bring them a good income. Some people do like to have the best of everything. So what? Who can judge that? If those people are willing to work hard, long hours to support that lifestyle, that is their choice. Not only that, they are probably providing an important service to the company they work with or their clientele.
People seek good career opportunities to enhance their income to support their family comfortably and especially to take care of their children. There is no problem with that whatsoever.
Then again, there are also people who are drawn to certain occupations because they feel called and wish to use their time and talent to help others ... doctors and nurses are obvious examples, but even in cases where it is not so obvious, such as short order cook, those people may work with a lot of care to give their best service to others.
This may all seem very obvious but when people are involved with cults they often lose sight of the importance of regular work and believe themselves more spiritual than the people who we all depend upon in normal life, from bus drivers to business owners.