None of you nor I, nor anyone knows the income and spending habits of EVERY Dharma author/teacher. Not by a long shot. I'm talking odds here, odds are in favor that at least a few make lots of dough and spend it all on themselves when they could spare plenty for others and choose not to.
I've heard of a couple that make lots and lots of money and are extremely greedy, but I've got no 100% confirmations and even mentioning these teachers would get me fifty posts of people defending them and all the posters would forever hate me. So without the data, I'm not willing to start a big argument over hearsay. Not only that, I don't want to argue or defame anyone, or shatter anyone's confidence in someone they believe in. So even if I had the information confirmed I probably still wouldn't start some big thing over it.
Nonetheless, odds are in favor that there are some out there like I'm talking about.
If 500,000 a year and a 200,000 car and 5,000,000 home is unreasonable for you then how about 200,000 a year and a 50,000 car and 1,000,000 home? I'm 100% positive there are Dharma writers/teachers out there making that much and spending every penny on themselves and yes, even some of them probably have great credit and get a loan and buy 200,000 cars when they could buy a 200,000 home and drive a 15,000 dollar car. It's all relative but it does happen regardless of whether or not I can give you a list of very specific names. It wouldn't make any sense if this weren't the case with some of these people, the odds are steeply against it. Some Dharma teachers/writers make a LOT of money, and some are very self centered and greedy. There is zero possibility that this is not the case with some teachers/writers.
Really can't believe it? Fine, let's talk bare minimum requirements for what I'm talking about: A Dharma teacher/author making 100,000 a year who spends it all on themselves, that's totally likely and definitely is happening. 100,000 is not much but it's above average and if you make above average, give none back, and spend every penny on yourself, it fits the description.
A Dharma teacher/writer making 30,000 a year and barely scraping by anyway is not what i'm talking about obviously.
Furthermore, the question could simply be viewed as a hypothetical. So forget the fact that there are people like this. We'll just say there's not and never has been a rich Dharma teacher/author even though odds are steeply against that considering how many Dharma teachers there have been and how long the Dharma has been around (switch "car" for "carriage and horses"
). Hypothetically think about my post and answer it from that perspective.