Freedom and happiness aren’t exactly the same thing, but you’ll have to admit that it’s awfully hard to have happiness without a modicum of freedom. And in order to have freedom in a cash-based economy, you’re going to need, yep … MONEY.
Can’t Buy Me Love
In a world where the manufacturers and purveyors of stuff compete in an open market, and marketers meet their own bottom lines by strategies to get their clients more cash, we find ourselves in a world where stuff is equated with happiness and getting more stuff (right until you’re in debt up to your ears) brings ultimate fulfillment. Of course this is nonsense.
And those of us who know better shake our heads at the suffering too many who’ve succumbed to this capitalist coup now endure. Most of us learn eventually that stuff will never lead to happiness, and acquiring more stuff will lead to enslavement, not freedom, no matter how much money you earn. What does all this have to do with the myth that the love of money is the root of all evil? Stay with me here while I explain.
The True Nature Of The Dark Side
When we get caught up in the story of stuff and lost in the black hole of debt, it’s incredibly easy to allow the devils of our darker nature to take charge. The result of buying stuff for happiness is inevitable — powerlessness and enslavement to whatever it takes to pay for what we’ve got.
In this sense, ‘loving’ money is more like a kind of dependent worship, not love. There’s just no denying that this is a rotten way to go through life. Financial strain leads to stress, anxiety and too often, compromised moral choices.
From the outside, it looks like those who love money (read: are enslaved to consuming stuff for a down-graded sense of happiness), are often the ones willing to do the nastiest things in order to get more of it. But when we love the choices and freedoms that money can provide us with in order to live whole healthy lives; and the ability to donate and contribute generously to people and causes we believe in, then we are in alignment with this system of exchange, rendering the whole equation of money and evil irrelevant.
What was your big “a-ha moment” when you realized having money gave you the freedom to live the life you love? We want to hear about it in the comments!