Let's break down money, and why we like it so much.
What is Money?
First things first money is a symbol. Money is a concept we humans of a functioning society have created to add value or wealth to tangible objects around us. Basically a piece of paper with printed graphics that basically states
You have __x__ amount of worth to your name. This piece of paper solidifies that value and is hereby authorized by the government in which you operate under.
there's the definition.
Why do we like it so much?
I like to believe we as people strive for something better. We want our life to be of some meaning, to be in a better position than where we started. In this concept is where money gets intertwined with that quest for betterment. A constant barrage of media images we see throughout life, constant materials were exposed to, the shiny things, the extravagant things, the elegant things, the cool things, the vibrant things....they capture our attention, we want to attain these things.
It's like a primitive desire of stimulation. We all know these fancy things unfortunately are not free. They have been produced, invented, manufactured at a cost. That cost for us happens to lie within the concept of money.
At different points of human history currency has taken on different forms. Animals have been used as currency, land has been used as currency etc.
However this material happiness is never long lasting, it's a temporary pleasure. We admire it for a bit, and then like everything else we get bored. [Therein lies the flaw within living a life on material goods] This happiness that is being sought after can never be found in these things.
They say the simple things in life are free and they most certainly are. Compare getting a new ipad to failing head over heels with the person you believe is your soul mate. Getting a new smartphone, compared to the happiness you get when your child is sound asleep and at rest. Having received a diamond necklace compared to the feeling you get when you have genuinely helped someone......
NO COMPARISON !
Money is not all bad it can serve a purpose and bring about good. Take Bill gates and his fight to rid the world of Malaria. His foundation funds scientific research for the purpose of getting rid of this disease that kills so many.
Guess what?! The place from where this endeavor is coming from stems from a genuine place and desire to help people, and that desire is totally free!
Personally I try my best to help causes that will benefit others and I assure you I'm not even the slightest most miniscule blip on Bill Gates financial radar, but we do share something, our desire to help.
We don't need all the money in the world if we realize that material happiness is not happiness at all. Begin to look more intently at the smallest of things, the smile of your loved one, hugs from your child, the kindness of strangers.
When you began to focus on these things more intently I can guarantee that a new realm of reality will enter your being!
PS: Think this is a bunch of BS, read this post, IT'S AMAZING ! ---> Afford Anything