Thursday, April 20, 2006

Money is God--to some people anyway

"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart."
- Jonathan Swift, English satirist born in Ireland (1667

Money is a means of acquiring what you need in life because you cannot exchange your work for stuff all the time. In the modern world where not everyone grows, hunts or builds everything they need to survive, money is necessary.

So is a can opener, if you get your food in cans (aka "tins"). But no one worships can openers.

People, in effect, worship money because they have been taught that money is the most important thing in life. Children are taught to study hard and get good marks in school so they can get a good job as adults. And what is "a good job" to these parents? One that pays well. The parents make that clear through their actions, if not in spoken words.

If everything you obtain you must buy and when you have something to give away you don't think to offer it to a friend first, then you have been brainwashed to believe that money is a kind of god.

It ain't necessarily so.

When money is the most important thing in your life, it seems that you can't do anything without money, you can't enjoy life or be happy without money.

People for whom money is the most important thing don't know how to change. In most cases, they don't know what real friends are, so they can't do what real friends do together. Their "friends" are their workmates, their drinking buddies, fellow churchgoers or neighbours. If they move or change jobs, their friends change. If they declare bankruptcy, they become friendless.

Money is in their hearts. To such people, saying that love should be in their hearts would make them laugh. They don't have love and don't know how to get it. They are very insistent and vocal that money IS the most important thing in life and that anyone who doesn't believe it is crazy or stupid.

They, sad to say, are the crazy/stupid ones. Their lives are directed by industries who continually praise the Money God.

There are more important things in life. Try to find friends who believe this. They are real treasure in your life.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to put life in perspective.
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