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...
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