“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” —Benjamin Franklin
The possession of money is not contrary to a simplified life, but the love of money is. The love of money can never be satisfied. It is a hopeless love that always desires more. It is a wasted energy. And more than that, it keeps us, our attitude, and our actions in bondage.
When the love of money is present, freedom is not.
- The love of money consumes our time. Whether we are thinking about how to find it, make it, grow it, or save it, the desire to acquire more robs us of our most important and finite resource: time.
- The love of money wastes our energy. It requires constant, continual attention. After all, no opportunity to acquire more can ever be wasted.
- The love of money devours our values. When the love of money is present in our lives, we become different people. The passion for money is a trap that quickly swallows our heart convictions and causes us to engage in behaviors that we would otherwise avoid.
- The love of money fuels competition. By definition, the love of money requires me to desire what you already possess. For me to gain more, you must part with yours. The world quickly becomes a zero-sum game dominated by jealousy and envy.
- The love of money limits our potential. We can never become greater than that which we most desire. When the acquisition of money becomes our greatest goal in life, we can never become greater than the balance in our bank account. And that’s a shame… we have so many greater things to offer this world.
- The love of money attracts the love of money. Our lives will naturally attract like-minded people. When we love money, we attract others who love money. And the more reinforcement we receive from those around us, the more natural the emotion becomes.
- The love of money destroys other loves. The love of money causes many to sacrifice their true passions and desires just to acquire more of it. It has truly killed many a passionate dream. To determine if the love of money has killed your dreams, answer this question, “If the need for money were not a factor, what would I be doing today?”
How then do we move beyond the desire to acquire more? While entire books have been written on this subject, let me throw out a few thoughts just to get you started toward freedom from the desire to acquire:
1. See money only as a tool to move through life. At its core, money is a bartering tool. It saves us from making our own clothes, tools, and furniture. Because of currency, I can spend my days doing what I love and am good at. In exchange, I receive money to trade with someone else who uses their giftedness to create something different than me. That‘s it. That‘s its purpose. And if you have enough to meet your needs, you shouldn‘t commit the rest of your day to acquiring more.
2. Be content with poverty or great wealth. I know poor people who live in complete contentment and I know rich people who are further from contentment today than when they were lacking. Your possessions do not lead to contentment. Your heart attitude does. And if the love for money limits freedom, contentment is the pathway to it.
3. Avoid debt. A lender is a slave to his creditor. Spending more money than you earn will always result in bondage to another. And there is no simplicity in bondage. If you cannot get out from under the weight of debt, find some help.
4. Learn to share. Sharing your possessions with others benefits the borrower and the lender. So be a lender… and be a borrower.
5. Remember that money comes and money goes. Like the tides of the ocean, money rolls in and money rolls out. Sometimes, there is money left over at the end of the day and sometimes there is not enough. That is the very nature of money. Do not fear its cycles. Welcome them.
I have no hidden dreams of this post magically solving the world’s desire for more. I just hope it helps to balance mine…
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so helpful post bro i think its wise to love money because thus the root of life.
When I decided to live for “life” and to instill daily routines into my kids that create “love & life” extra money became an instant roadblock to fulfilling that dream. Self management is golden and I could tell you the equation but cannot live it perfectly. But on the days I do, man does it feel good to fall asleep that night. Zzzzz
Thank you so much this very much helps me. i am only a teenager but im getting there, made a poor decision to buy a trailer, now i’d like a van to travel on my own means helping people along the way. I get so stressed that i refuse to use money, but it’s ok to use it, as long as i am wise…i will trade skills and help for money,or borrow/lend. I will save enough for the van i want, and i will only use money when needed, again thank you.
yeah,money is like a tool.
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I’m gonna have to disagree. First of all, with the main thesis. Money is not bad. Nor is loving it. I invite the author to define exactly what love is because to me, love is nothing but, an attachment to something that satisfies a need.
Looking at it from my POV it is only natural to love money because it grants access to products and services that satisfy our needs. It seems to me that a lot of posters are on their biblical high horses or just riding the bandwagon because they have no work ethic. Perhaps, a problem in the past with financial matters.
Secondly, I disagree with the reasons behind the claim. Just because a fictional novel makes a claim does not mean it is true. This is just for the comments. Luckily the author relies on solid reasoning. Or not.
As for him, I will only tackle the claim of it removing freedom. I’d entertain the others but, his reasons not only lack citation, they are highly subjective.
Money grants freedom. When you are poor your actions are restricted. If anything you are more likely to steal because of the lack.
If by freedom you mean time and thoughts, I also disagree. If I am not spending my time making money what else could I be doing? Being lazy on the couch, watching tv, and not helping society? Loligaging with family while ignoring work that needs to he done?
My point is that if you are not building on your resources then you are using them. Working and earning cash builds them up. If I was carefree as the author I would be homeless.
As for his other reasons. Money is not a child so, no, you don’t have to continuously monitor it. There are no universals on morals so, no, my values are dependant on what it takes to survive. Like everyone else. Even the hypocrites who claim to have solid principles. All that crap goes out the window the moment it won’t work out in your favor.
So, it’s a bad thing to have a team of money makers. Hmmm…. Pretty sure those people make businesses and help give the public what they desire. I guess serving the public is a bad thing. Unless it’s free of course (sarcasm).
It takes away other loves? If I flip that weak reasoning I could say loving my dog takes away my love of money. So, since I need money to feed the dog, loving the dog is bad. See how silly that looks.
Nothing is wrong with cash. I try to only leave the house to make more of it. I love it. Does that mean I have no morals? Does that mean I worship the devil? Does that mean I am a bad person? No, no, and no.
Get off your high horses and accept that you need cash to live. Ignoring that will put you in the same place as all these other slackers who just want to have fun and party all the time.
Retirement from companies is dead. You need to save as early as possible. I am only 23 and I own my own business, have 2 other jobs, and about to go into the military. I am glad that thanks to these habits of hard work I will not have to work after I reach 45. I won’t have to rely on others to save me from my slacker ways.
When I get older all my peers will be singing the authors tune while I enjoy my lifestyle thanks to being wise enough to question irrational statements.
Lol. Love of money is evil. What a joke. Believing whatever a book has in it just because you were born into a cult is evil.
You are being too literal. It’s just a ” for the most part” article. He is not stating money is bad or unnecessary just use it wisely, don’t let it rule you.
Well said! I LOVE MONEY!
Sophie Mae says
“We can never become greater than that which we most desire.”
I love that you wrote this because I have honestly never thought about it this way before. I was raised with the idea that the more money you have, the better person you are. Thus the desire for money should be paramont. That is very sad. This quote about never becoming greater than what we desire most, wheather that’s money, fame, status, looks, etc., is so true. If these are the things we desire most, we are prohibiting ourselves to be the greatest version of who we are.
Thank you so much for this post!
Hey,since I started smokng I developed love for money,,am studyng now doing my Bed degree and I can’t enjoy life as I used 2 ,I can’t live without money,it like I do not exist without money.I’m blaming my self for buying somethng worth 1/4 dollar except for cigarate,and yeah I don’t have happyness because I don’t remember the curiousness toward life.