It can be compared with a huge piston in the engine that pushes the world. 1 am saying this because it is one of my beliefs that, if not every decision, at least a majority of them are made with the consequence of money in our mínd.
For example my friend and I were exchanging our opinions on a certain movie the other day. She was telling me she didn't like the movie because she felt that it didn't serve a purpose. My argument was that I did like the movie because it was entertaining, I also said that it did serve a purpose because it made money. The purpose of that movie was to entertain enough people to allow it to show a profit. The only reason anyone made what the writer wrote into a movie, because they felt this it would make money.
Of course, there are always exceptions to a rule, that ís why 1 say "If not every decision, a majority of them". Somewhere out there may be a songwriter who just writes songs because he enjoys it, not because of money matters.
1 don't think that having money as the motivation to most decisions is bad, that's just the way it ís. There are a lot of good things that come from money-based decisions. It's all about profitability
Money in general has 3 main uses. The first and most important is medium of exchange - that is something people will accept for their goods or services. Without a medium of exchange people would have to trade their goods or services directly for other goods or services. A modern country could never function without a medium of exchange. The second use of money is that is serves as a unit of account. People state the price of goods and services in terms of money. In the United States, people use dollars to specify price, just as they use hours to express time and miles or kilometers to measure distance. The third use of money is as a store of wealth. People can save money and then use it to make purchases in the future. Other stores of wealth include cold, jewels, paintings, stock and bones.
The 1990s kick-started a new culture in the world - a culture in which lavish consumption is encouraged as the way to self-fulfillment.
With material goods such as cars and computers obsolete almost as soon as they are sold, we experience a rapid tumover of objects and an equally rapid tumover of our desires. We are taught to live in order to maximize our own, immediate pleasure. «Too much is never enough». I'm thinking about this animal called materialism The urgent need to own more and more. Our minds are trap us into a cycle ofdesiring, buying and desiring again.
With ownership comes the fear of loss of ownership. So we build higher walls, buy bigger locks. There's a whole industiy built on our fear of loss of possessions.
In our urge to maintain financial security, we often sacrifice our prospects of a career better adapted to our personal needs and interests.
Of course we need "things" - they provide physical comfort and even happiness. A materially comfortable life is certainly lot something to be opposed. But these things fulfíl temporaiy needs and it is when we place too much importance on material possessions that we face emptíness, or what some call spiritual poverty.
But have you ever imagined what would happen if there were no money in the world? Evidentiy, speculatíons upon thís topic sound naive and contrived because nowadays money is an integral part of our everyday life and one does not need to be an economist to realize that anyway such an objective phenomenon as money would appear. There is also evidence that money makes the world go around and willy-nilly we have to take it for granted.
Whether you are young or old, regardless of your occupation, your lifestyle or your family status, money is of paramount concem to all of us.
But still it shouldn't be the number one priority. Lets look the other way around, the spiritual one. The Bible says : " What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forbids his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for this soul?"