Everyone knows the saying; ‘money is the root of all evil’. I believe that is only part of the truth. The whole truth is; ‘LACK of money is the root of all evil.’
If you examine all the things that make you, or anyone unhappy, how much of that could change if you had unlimited funds. True, you may still have your physical limitations, but you will also have the opportunity to try anything and visit the best doctors in the world, and maybe find a cure.
I examine everything that makes a person unhappy and have found, with the rare exception of an incurable disease, that it is all about lack of money. How many fights are founded on money, or not having enough or feeling like you do not have enough and just wanting more.
Even a terminal illness can be changed with money. Take Steve Jobs for example, the founder of Apple computers. Anyone else with his pancreatic cancer would have died over a decade before he did, and they would have been in so much pain they could not do the most menial tasks. He lived at least a decade longer and built the most valuable company in the world, all because he had unlimited money to get the best care he could.
If we blame or attribute our unhappiness to anything other than the truth, we will feel helpless and stuck and thus suffer more.
However, if we examine objectively and honestly what causes our frustration, anger, conflicts, pain, suffering, and what could change it so that we would not be in that situation, we would find money is ultimately the answer.
Money cannot buy love, but it will put you in a better mood, allow you to have the things to feel better about yourself, travel, join clubs and do other things to get you ‘out there’. Money may not buy love, but if you are depressed and stuck at home because you cannot afford to do things, it can change your feelings and circumstances such that you have a real chance to find love.
Certainly, some people just love to be miserable, and others could be given a great fortune and still be miserable but, at least we can see a cure for the majority of our misery, and if it does not cure it, we can afford to get some respite for a period of time. Given enough of a break from our pain, it is probable that our overall mood can be transformed.
If we do not suffer, we will not make everyone around us suffer either.
Who wants to fall in love with a miserable person?
Take a happy marriage, and add to that a financial disaster. What happens most of the time? Fights, disagreements, and eventually divorce. Of course there are those who stick together through difficult times, but those are exceptions. It is not hard to find infinite examples of people who had a great relationship until money troubles came up.
How many parents treat their children badly because they are stressed about earning enough money to support their family. What happens when a family man loses his job? How do many women react when their husband loses his job? Be honest about humans, not your imagination of yourself, even if you may be an exception. As well, consider the times of the world, how people are different in today’s world than they were 50 years ago as well as in different cultures.
If we know the truth behind our pain, then we can easily conquer it because we can work directly on fixing the cause of the problem rather than doing things to distract us from the pain when those distractions usually just make the cause of the problem worse.
Suffering is alleviated when we know the real cause. If we reduce the pain enough, we can get to work to fix the problem, which means regain our motivation and spark for life because hope returns when truth is found.
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It is a great American contribution to world culture, that they have coined the phrase "to make money". Money is made, by effort of muscle, willpower, and intelect. There can be no society composed entirely of thieves, as there will be no value to steal.
Money represents the confidence of parties that the value of their efforts can be traded for the value of others' efforts. It is a recognition of the importance of society based on trade, rather than the only real alternative: violence.
To be clear, money contributed to charity is also traded, for the value of achieving a social goal - this in contrast to taxes, which are forcefully taken.
Were the soviets, who sent the first dog,man and woman into space, devoid of intellect, creativity, willpower, effort, muscle and the rest of it? P.O.A no they were not.
The notion that money is the sole motivator is a great fallacy.If the notion were true, social/pro bono/charity work would not exist. Why are there unpaid interns? Why do students pay for courses? you might argue that everything is done to ultimately make money but the point is, making money is not why people are motivated to perform well and outperform others. Some other reasons are recognition,fame,responsibility,habits( being a workaholic) and competition.
The need for money is artificially created in a capitalist world. Outside of that universe of discourse, where money is banished and resources are equally and fairly distributed, all the frustration over not having your needs or wants met, would diminish.
Having more money than another person is similar to having the ability to cheat him/her. Historical rhetoric propounds: people with higher salaries exploit people who work under them, The rich exploit the poor and so on.
It is quite possible to have money without earning it through your own competence. very rich people often inherit it from their family, order other people to make money for them, and then money generates more money through interest rates. people on Income Support get money directly through being unable to make money, although it isn't really their fault.