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.

If your treasure is on Earth, you are going from it; if it is in Heaven, you are going to it.

However, 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 they do.

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 children.

Greed and 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. ~Tom Snyder

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.

The 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 think about.

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By Tim Pedrosa

Time and money are the heaviest burden of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use. -Samuel Johnson