43 thoughts on “Question of the Day – No. 91

      1. I guess, in part. I might feel that less if I managed money better, lol. But, overall, I find the whole system unfortunate. It inadvertantly creates class systems and either pretentiousness or shoulder chips. One always seems to need more of it.

  1. There’s no doubt money holds a degree of importance to everyone, however what I’ve learned, especially recently after realising I wasn’t happy in my job and my relationship was breaking down, is that – money does not buy you happiness. It’s so true. I found myself buying things that I didn’t need in order to mask how miserable I was. I have since given a lot of those things away and I’ve learned that although money is an essential part of living, it’s also a tool to help make a difference in the lives of others.

  2. I look at money as a means to an end rather than an end in and of itself. Lack of money can create huge amounts of stress, but having enough money to engage in the things you’re passionate about can be a really positive thing. I love to travel, and while I’m a low-budget backpacking style traveller, that still takes a fair bit of money, and if I didn’t have that money I’d be missing out on what’s probably my greatest passion. I learned from my parents to be cheap wherever possible so that money would be there for the important things.

    1. That’s a great way to look at money. It can make the difference on how fast you can go on your path. Money can buy a bike, but also a fast car which can bring you to your goals faster. The trick is that money is facilitator for that path, not the path itself.

  3. That’s a good question.

    I often wonder if I’m working too hard – that maybe I could do with less work, less stress, and make do with less money. I benefit considerably from a good income but I pay for it in other ways.

    I’ve heard there’s a threshold after which a certain income is basically useless in terms of needs and being generally secure and happy. And it is surprisingly low (not poverty low but lower than one might think – I won’t quote what I heard just because currency conversion issues and not having any cites)

    On the other hand I’m not really a subscriber to the idea that money is evil. It is, after all, just a representation of barter and a very efficient one, at that.

    1. I agree with you that money isn’t evil. Also, working very hard just for the money can be a tough path. What is your reason for working that hard? Is the money? The career? The things you do for work? The reason makes the difference…

  4. It’s freedom of choice – I’d like to have more options when it comes to security, permanent housing, etc – but I’d also like to do some traveling and help my kids with their lives. It’s a tool, and it can be used well, or really badly.

    It is NOT the end goal, though. No one takes it with them. No one says “Oh, man…. He had a million bucks, he shouldn’t have died.” They do say “Oh, man…. She remembered I liked strawberries, and I’m going to miss that.”

      1. You ask things that are worthy of thoughtful answers. You respond with thoughtful answers. I can be flip – but I do like to try to be as complimentary and focused as you are. You word things well, especially for someone who isn’t a native English speaker.

      2. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words! You give thoughtful answers as well. I’m learning so much from all of you guys who find the time to leave comments here! <3

  5. Green paper that runs the world. Apart from fulfilling our needs it’s not uncommon to see it corrupt our minds as well just as the quote goes, “Money is a good slave but a bad master”.

    1. I think that sometimes we might give it more power than we should and that’s why it can corrupt our minds.

      1. In the year 1929, the Great Depression caused a lot of suffering. People had no money because capital was needed for World War 1. Anyone who had gold (Which was the currency back in the day) was considered to be an enemy of the state. When they gave the gold in, they were given a receipt so that they could claim their “money” back. All the rich businessmen all died poor at the time, most committed suicide. So why do we make such a big deal about receipts which is paper money today? It’s not the real thing! We don’t need money. We only need what it can obtain, like food, water, shelter. Besides, money can’t buy friends, family and morals. It can’t buy happiness, peace and joy. It can’t take you to heaven either…

      2. It can bring us closer to heaven if we use it to provide food, water and shelter for people that don’t have that.

  6. A necessary evil – to get anything or go anywhere you need money. Everything’s always about money. Like you can take it all with you when you die. Blegh. I hate money but I realise I need it too, to sustain a living.

    1. I believe that money is a tool, a resource. The difference between this and “evil” is how we’re looking at it and how we’re using it.

      1. I guess you are right. Money itself isn’t evil, it’s people who can’t get enough of money who mistreat it and use it for evil. That’s what I dislike about money most: how it drives so many people crazy.

      2. I think that in some way, money just reveal the true selves of people. And some of those selves can be crazy.

  7. Money; its important …I mean we all need it. But its a problem when it becomes the most important thing in our lives… Then comes the real chaos

    1. When money is more important than other human beings and more important that moral principles, lots of suffering can occur.

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