The resources obtained by such knowledge and the security provided by those resources are the real reason why being well to do is valued — it has less to do with the mythical greed and more with keeping self and family safe and secure.
[First go read the whole thing.
He's right on every last point. It's a matter of avoidance and lowering risk. Now I will note that risk never reaches zero. A friend of mine is a wonderful example of how people can still end up a statistical outlier on this front.
But like most things it's a risk reward system. Knowledge works as a defense in multiple ways. Knowledge of history ultimately can serve as a very useful tool. -B]