Money, of course, can buy many things, or more precisely used a form of exchange to facilitate the transfer of goods. It is a representation of value, which is a subjective determination, not an objective quality of items in general.
The material world is usually where money dominates, but many of the things that make life rewarding: the pursuit of knowledge, the love of your fellows, a kind act of compassion can not be represented with debt instruments. And if we are not careful, if we allow our world view to become based purely on the things money can provide us, then we can slip into a deterministic mode of thinking, limiting our enjoyment of life, and trapping us into egocentric thought forms.
Money in relation to the world and humanity, what it was designed for, how it is defined in legal codes and equity, is a tool for the state to manage the incompetent and ignorant slaves. These are not my words, I am just sharing how the system at large conceptualizes money, and when we consider how it is used, many times money is an incentive to do immoral acts, or keep us dependent on the wares of the system.
As such, we can use money as a tool, for that is all it is, but become aware of its total effects on earth, eventually we can come to realise using money means accepting a whole host of contractual obligations, and making us liable for government action. We discussed this in detail in the post The UCC Connection – How the Uniform Commercial Code ‘secretly took over’ the world.
All of this just further underscores the items listed below, helping us place value on things which transcend the material world, and provide a genuine spiritual experience.
# 1. Health
Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived. – Dalai Lama
If you want to distinguish between those who love you unreservedly, and those who love your money, try losing all your money. – Jordi Alemany
# 3. Happiness
Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has, the more one wants. – Benjamin Franklin
# 4. Integrity
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. – Douglas Adams
# 5. Respect
Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’s stupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you a moment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all the things you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil. Evil, because it would not pinch-hit for your self-respect? Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity? Is this the root of your hatred of money? – Ayn Rand
# 6. Peace of Mind
Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none. – Richard M. DeVos
# 7. Ethics
It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. – George Lorimer
# 8. Education
Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’ – Neil deGrasse Tyson
# 9. Intelligence
Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune. I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going to let it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and I don’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence. – Steve Jobs
# 10. Spiritual Enlightenment
Money can buy a house, but not a home. It can buy a bed, but not sleep. It can buy a clock, but not time. It can buy a book, but not knowledge. It can buy blood, but not health, so you see; money is not everything in life. – Unknown
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