The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil according to Jesus. Many
of us say that if we have a little more, we should be satisfied. It is
not always true. If we are not contented with what we have, more likely,
there would never be more than enough because
just out of reach, there is always something that we want. The more we
acquire, the more elusive enough becomes.
your treasure is on Earth, you are going from it; if it is in
Heaven, you are going to it.
despite the advice of many, preachers, philosophers and others, warning us of
the shortcomings of money, it is hard to argue with Gertrude Steinís
observation that she has been both rich and poor and being rich is better.
We can buy
many things that make us feel good and important with money. It is better
at reducing suffering caused by poverty and relieving anxiety caused by debt
but, is it ultimately what would make us happy?
These days, in our
materialistic culture, many people are led to believe that money is the
ultimate source of happiness. Consequently, when they donít have enough of
it they feel let down. It is important to realize that we have the
source of contentment and happiness within ourselves, and that it is
related to nurturing our natural inner values.
Wealth is not
an assurance for road to happiness. A poor person with good relationships is
much more likely to be happy than a rich person with lousy relationships
with people around him. People who earn moderate wages, but love their work,
are much more likely to be happy than those who earn a lot but hate what
It is easy to
expect too much from money. However, rich people have different problems than
those who are not rich. Many troubles are related to wealth, including
shallow relationships, spoiled children and continuous pressure from
relatives and friends who expect a handout. Rich people, as a whole, are not
more contented nor emotionally satisfied than others, and neither are their
hypocrisy are inherent in our world. Sibling rivalry, competition between
brothers and sisters is a concern for many parents. Those who are in this
pursuit usually end up a broken, isolated and lonely life.
However, there is nothing fundamentally wrong with material wealth or its
pursuit, but there is a danger of paying too much attention to get it. The
money we have provides us freedom, but the money we pursue enslaves us. It
is wise to put its value in proper perspective.
The most deplorable poverty is that of man who has more than he needs but
feels he does not have enough. To possess money is well and good; it
maybe a most valuable tool we could have but to be possessed by it is to
be possessed by a devil, and one of the meanest and worst kind of devils.
Misers are no fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.
Life is tragic for those who have plenty to live on and nothing to live for.
Our best wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few
wants. The real measure of wealth is how much we would be worth if we lost
all our possessions.
joy in life comes not through wealth and ownership but through a wise,
loving and grateful heart. The way to get a meaningful life is to devote
ourselves to loving others.
We could dedicate ourselves to creating something that gives us a
momentous life by using things not by loving them and loving others not by
using them. At the end, it is what we have scattered not what we have
gathered that will tell what kind of life we had and that is how we will be remembered.
And that is something we really have to
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