|Rolled over relief|
Money can’t buy love we know but it can
make misery comfortable! This is a metaphor for the “good life” – the life that
we’re sold or coerced into by parents,
schools, employers, government and other establishment figures.
Money is the common denominator that
affects all of us in paucity and prosperity, for better or for worse and only in
death are we parted from it. However, no deathbed regretter ever made mention
of the word “money” unless he was a cryogenic Scrooge dedicated to “waking up
in the future”!
Money is an earthly distraction and, no
doubt the Almightly, regularly splits his sides (and experiences a touch of
incontinence) over how careful/careless we are with the “readies” and how we
choose to swell the coffers of our favourite brands/stores/charities (not so
much the latter!!).
Money is an indefatigable foe and
dubious friend. It is an enemy of peace and most importantly, rarely brings peace
of mind. This is will strike a contrary note in hearts of the financially
challenged. Money is the answer when you hit a low and money can ease discomfort
but only when its administered by the wise (and Wisdomona knows a few of
these!). If you’re not strong enough to withstand the “slings and arrows” of
one’s unique karma then money plays mayhem with the undisciplined mind!
Mental discipline and other positive
attributes are not wrought by money “man does not live by money alone!” Money
may improve your material position but it cannot improve character. Generosity
can make for an uncomfortable bed fellow. Money doesn’t care about your inner life, it
is fixated on the externals – furnishings, finery and all manner of fun filled
distractions. To be rich in character you need more than a few million dollars.
When you can appreciate life without a lot of money then you’ve hit the
Ultimately money breeds fear. Fear that
it might run out and fear that we will be less loveable without it. Power,
position and the size of our assets keeps us hungry for the cake even though we
might have the icing! But it is not evil though the hearts and minds of men are.
If thoughts are things then so is money
and it buys a lot of things! Some businessmen claim that happiness breeds money
– I’m not sure – since money is not happiness. But then what is happiness? I
guess the meaning of happiness will be debated upon for centuries to come and
each generation will have its own definition. For the purpose of this blog, I
wish to define money and perhaps the best way is to explain what money is not:
Money provides a bed but not good sleep.
It provides books to read but not knowledge; food to eat but not an appetite;
fine clothes/cosmetics but not real beauty; medicines but not optimum health; a
house but not a home; luxurious living and travel but not culture;
companions/acquaintances but not true friends; leisure activities but not
relaxation; religion that doesn’t satisfy the soul; travel to everywhere…except
Money is not a lot of things but it’s a
yard stick and human weakness has us craving more. Look into the eyes of the
dying and you won’t see money. The spirit knows that it has to stay in the game
of money until earthly needs are met. Once life and money is spent..... you can laugh
at it…..all the way to the bank!