Why would people love (or fear, or hate) money? Money is a system of exchange. By having plenty of it, you can live your life with a degree of freedom that you can’t have without it. But many holistic business owners reject the ‘love’ of money to avoid being greedy, selfish, or any number of other negative associations.
Mind The Gap
Many don’t have money, while a very few have it in excess. Does this imply something about how good people should relate to money? Does this unequal distribution of money suggest that because some have so little we all should live that way?
Is my abundance taking away from others? Is it my fault that other peoples and nations live in poverty?
Bridging The Gap
The answer to these questions is revealed in another question, “Do I have any power whatsoever to change another person’s poverty by remaining broke myself?”
When you look at it this way it becomes obvious, doesn’t it? Making a vow of poverty does not relieve anyone else of being broke. In fact, the opposite is true. If you’re constantly living hand-to-mouth then it’s not likely that you’ll be able to support others. People like a server at your favorite restaurant or an amazing massage therapist for example.
An Inconvenient Truth
The poorest people in a wealthy western country buy the cheapest products. Products (like clothes, food, home furnishings) that are much more likely to be made in horrifically oppressive sweat shops by people who work under slave-like conditions and are some of the most impoverished people on the planet!
It is only when we have money that we can invest in fair trade products, organic food, locally grown, and built stuff. Those of us who have tried to eat organic, local, or non-GMO foods know all too well that a healthy and sustainable lifestyle requires a financial commitment.
Loving yourself enough to care for your body, mind, and soul the way feels best to you is a beautiful thing. In the society we live in you’ll need to spend money to do this. It’s important to cultivate a healthy, loving relationship with money so you can improve your relationship with yourself and your loved ones.
What money mantras have you been telling yourself about the ‘love’ of money?