26 June 2015
An oft-misquoted phrase from the Bible says ‘Money is the root of all evil” The statement actually smacks of a pseudo-moral-high-ground. How can something that for all purposes dictates the very flow of human living in the world, be labelled ‘evil’? ‘Artha’ or the acquisition of wealth was considered by our ancients as one of the four main goals of life. It’s an important tool that helps you to cater for the basic necessities of life and if you are fortunate to enjoy the experiences, adventures, even luxuries that add an extra zing to your time on planet earth. Also let us not forget money in a way is representative of the level of sophistication to which human interactions have evolved from our earliest barter system.
Four axioms define my “money-philosophy” The first one states, that not ‘money’ but ‘lack of money’ is the cause of much unhappiness and misery in the world. Ask those who have seen both want and abundance and they will readily agree that the phase of life when they were struggling to make ends meet was the most difficult, depressing and painful period of their lives. Poverty does not make anyone happy. Period.
Second, in the words of a wise man, ‘If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.’ The correct Bible verse also says “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”. Never let the pursuit of money become an obsession for then you forget to enjoy all that you are earning it in the first place for.
Third, money is not meant for hoarding, it is meant for spending! The Scrooges of this world die unhappy and miserable in spite of having pots of treasure for they block the ‘universal flow’ that sustains our lives. Imagine what the world would be like if we all simply held onto our wealth!
And the final one~ learn to freely give away your surplus…surprisingly you will only be rewarded with more…not just more money but more peace and happiness, more contentment and joy.
And sharing here some favourite “money-quotes” ~~