Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Is the love of money the root of all evil?

I liked the title... but I want to know, why are we and the world so obsessed and envious of money? Why do we revere money? Why do we talk about people with money in that special tone? You know, kinda hushed, a bit wryly and a tad envious. I work for a financial planner... he deals with money all the time. He deals with the people who have money... the snobs, the arrogant, the lucky ones who inherited. Mixed in these clients are some truly nice and kind people. But more often than not I see they all have one (well two counting loads of money) thing in common, and that is this attitude that they are better than you (or I, or my boss or the cool UPS guy) ( I think I must see more snobs than the average person because of where I work, I know there are many kind well off people out there)

They are not better. They live and breathe the same as we do. But I think the way we as a people treat people with money gives them almost a right to behave the way they do. We worship money and the people who have it...never thinking if it were all it were cracked up to be than maybe these people would be happier and kinder and do good things with what they were blessed with.

I would love to have the things that money could buy me...stability, a lovely home, security...but not at the expense of my soul. How could I be truly happy loving money and things more than I love myself and the people I live with? How could I be happy being so empty inside that I had to fill myself up with more clothes, jewels, cars?

I know that will never be the life for me, I will never live a life like that. Firstly, I will never be rich, I do not have the drive to make money... I enjoy having free time, being lazy, playing with my kids on a lazy afternoon... I love that too much to be a work a holic. I applaud all the people who have made their way in this world, made a difference and not let money make them into unsympathetic, unkind people, who care little for others or for the world they live in.

I want my children to be rich...rich in friends,rich in family, rich in animal companionship, rich in good foods, and rich in love. If they are rich in these, the most important things in life, then money cannot corrupt or control them.

2 comments:

Parker Family said...

There are some people out there who do act like they are better than you because of their money. Not everyone is like that though. We are poor, but my father-in-law is an OBGYN and he makes plenty of money. I have to say they are some of the most down to earth people I know. They are very generous to those who don't have as much, and they don't act like they have money. I feel just as comfortable taking my daughter to their house to run and play around in, as I do our own place.

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Wendi said...

I have to agree with you mimi....just because you have money it does not necessarily make you happier than others!! I for one think that having friends and family around you is what makes you the richest person of all!!! money cannot buy you love and true honest friendship!!