Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to earn more. My regular job is paying me good but to keep up with life’s constant and incessant changes, I need to find more income. If we’re to go back to several years ago, I wouldn’t have thought that I’ll be this addicted with money. Now, I am convinced that I need it. It’s my top priority.
Somehow, such admission makes me feel ridiculous. All this time, I’ve been telling people that happiness does not lie in money alone. I’ve always believed that the best things in life are free. But as I assume responsibility over my family, I end up realizing that money is necessary. But here’s the catch: it’s not actually money that we like. It’s the sense of security that money brings which we’re after.
We use money to get ourselves our basic needs – shelter, food, and clothing. We use it to pay our bills which we use to get on with our daily lives like water, electricity, internet, and whatnots. We use money to pay for our medical expenses. We use money to entertain ourselves. We use money to exist well in the world. And without money, where would we think we’ll be?
Money provides us an assurance that whatever happens, we will be fine. If we have money for everything, we are freed from stress and worries. Believe me. It’s never easy to worry about where to get the money to pay for everything, especially medical expenses. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. And I never want to go back there again.
True, money can be an instrument of evil as it provokes immense temptation. But is there anything in this world which cannot turn bad if abused? Money becomes evil when the person uses it for evil things. It enslaves people who willingly worship it. There’s nothing wrong with money as long as it is spent for the betterment of life. If it’s not, that’s where the problem arises.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to have so much money as long as we know we deserve it, and as long as we work hard for it. But we must always remember that we have the responsibility to use it well. We shouldn’t worship it. Let it worship us. We have to manage it wisely so it can do good things in our lives.
As I end, I remember a quote I got from KBS’ The Human Condition. It said "money can provide the means for happiness; but It can never be happiness itself.” True enough, right?