Money for Morality

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Money for Morality
People have consumed their lives with pride by denying facts that money has become the root to their happiness, even on holidays. In this generation today, young adults look forward to making a list of gifts for Christmas and to receive money for a "good achievement". It is only human to believe that this is the wrong lifestyle to live; other people have decided that there will be no other way. Americans pontificate that money is the wrong way of showing appreciation and people are abusing it, in denial behind their preaching they cannot live without it. Many Americans find happiness in the amount of currency spent on Christmas and buying excessive amounts of gifts just for the enjoyment of the happiness it brings to families if they are unable to spend money for periods of time that year. People also enjoy rewarding their child with money or other dividends to show appreciation and congratulate them for their accomplishments. Money is the root of all evil, right? Wrong. Money can only rule what people allow it. Pharisaical people should stop condemning Americans about their relationship with money because how they determine to spend their money on holidays is their own business and for many Americans, the Almighty Dollar does, indeed, buy happiness.

Americans need to admit and accept the fact they do rely on "stuff" to buy happiness and self-worth (51). In the 1991 essay "Money for Morality," Mary Arguelles introduces a young boy who finds a large amount of money and aside from being selfish he returns it to the rightful owner. He receives a small lump sum of appreciation. His higher authority do not feel as if the reward was a good enough "token of appreciation", so they gather a large fund and give the token in which they believe he deserves. Teaching the boy, if he does the right thing he will receive an reward. Not being abused by his higher authority or brain washed in sin. Most people believe money is the root of all evil and the Almighty Dollar has brain washed this generation. Americans make decisions for themselves and more than likely going to accept the bribe of the Almighty Dollar in order to come out better than where they were before. A little bribery never hurt anyone. As long as the task is accomplished we should not condemn the outcome or the reward. If an award makes the boy use his brain and work harder then there is nothing wrong with that. How he decides to use that aspect later in life will be up to him. Americans bargain in their everyday lives. Majority of Americans believe money and rewards activate motivation and dedication, it does and it will continue to.

Americans celebrate many holidays out of the year but only one will stand out in many minds of the people today, Christmas. In the 1997 essay, "The $100 Christmas," Bill Mckibben explains how his family celebrates Christmas on a low income budget. Mckibben and his family cut the tree from the woods on Christmas Eve. They create low budget gifts and stockings, cook dinner, and they also started a campaign to spread the word about the "right" way to celebrate Christmas. Mckibben explains, "Americans should not blow tons of money on gifts to put under a tree, but to do simple things such as ice skating on the pond". Christmas is the birth of Christ and all Americans know the facts. "The Real Meaning of Christmas," is gone but not forgotten. People are born in sin and selfishness. Americans have created the world people live in and people have created the way Christmas is celebrated today. Christmas will never go back to just the celebration of Christ, without money being spent and not without "stuff" under an artificial or live evergreen Christmas tree. The way Americans spend their money is their own business. Agreed to the fact that it sounds peaceful and convincing to try that remedy one year, also not saying it would not be the "right way" to spend Christmas. Objecting to the fact that Mckibben still mentions buying...
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