Money has a deep meaning but that meaning is distinct for every one of us.
They say money is honey and a rich man’s joke is always funny. It is commonplace to find people enamoured with the idea of making money and considering it a panacea for all the ills that plague them. We often wish that we had more of money so that we could live the life that we wish for. However, is money the be-all and end-all? What does money mean in this day and age for each one of us?
The flawed allure of money:
Money has a deep meaning but that meaning is distinct for every one of us. Different people tend to think differently about money. Here are some common emotions, perceptions and thoughts about money:
• Power: It is commonly thought that if someone has money, they will automatically garner power and be seen as a strong person.
• Happiness: Money is often equated to prosperity, which is in turn equated with happiness. It is common to think that money would solve all life issues.
• Security: Society places a lot of emphasis on being able to provide for yourself and your family, thus money is thought as instrumental to security in life.
• Freedom: If a person has a lot of money, it is thought that they have the freedom to choose their own path and to be able to pick a vocation of their calling without having to worry about the financial consequences.
• Love: Can money buy love? This has been a hotly debated topic and some people think that relationships are easier for the moneyed than for those that lack the financial means.
• Respect: Money is thought to bring respect. People who have earned money have worked hard for it or are ingenious or have a good background and thus automatically deserve respect.
With all of the above trains of thought, there are issues and flaws. If all our successes, if all our hard work, if all our security, love and respect were just based on wealth, then we will have nothing if we lose all our money.