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Man and Money

by 'Mean' Mike Duffau (writer), I'm the boss!, November 04, 2007

A deadly combination!

I am sure we have all heard some type of saying about money from "money can't buy happiness," to "money isn't everything," to "money is happiness."

I would just like to know how everybody feels about this topic. I'd like to hear your gut honest opinion and mean it!

Money isn't everything, but in society, money is made to be all that matters. Personally, I think everyone would be a lot happier if they never had to see money again...but that's impossible.

Can money really buy happiness?

I would be much happier if I had enough money not to have to worry about it anymore. I think that in the modern day society, money is necessary- for food, shelter, clothing- and nowadays car, cell phone, TV, fridge, computer......the list is endless as materialistic pleasures never satisfy us. Even though money is 'necessary', money can never, never, NEVER replace and/or buy either happiness or love.

"Money" is paper/metal to which people have attached such great importance, that it can become a motive to destroy another soul ...kidnappings, murders, all such nonsenses.

Money can't lend a shoulder when you need to cry, it can't give you advice when you don't know what to do. It can't give understanding and listen when something's gone wrong. It's just money!

I have a somewhat different view of money per se.

Money can definietly buy you a comfortable lifestyle. Now I realize that "comfortable" is a relative thing and open to different interpretations. Lets say for the sake of argument that I could easily afford a 10,000 sq. ft. palace with domestic help and a couple of Jags in the driveway. But I would not find that "comfortable", whereas some others undoubtedly would. To me comfortable is kicking back in full casual style with a 2500 sq. ft. log house on a sizeable chunk of God's country. With a 60 acre lake on the property means much more to me than the trappings of opulence in a mansion.

The only real drawback to money is when you allow the pursuit of it to distort your view of morality and ethics. I recall my friend who remarked,"This bloody purse is a curse".

There was an occasion where two of my close friends "back in the day" were arguing over a card game. It heated to the point when one of my friends grabbed a golf club and beat the hell out of him, and killed him. He killed him for a lousy twenty dollar pot! These guys were my friends and those two were friends. Money blinds us! I can't stress it enough and I wish I could preach that to the choir. "Give me a stage where this bull here can rage!"

Real happiness is found in the homes who are contented united in the common bond of genuine love and live by honest earnings, rarely with the opulent.

With the spread of modern materialistic civilization, money has become a craze with the people, even the very aim of education that aims at three fold development (physical, mental and moral) of human personality and building of character, has radically changed. Instead of acquiring learning for the sake of learning, majority has hectic aims to earn money and become rich over night. Moral values have now shattered and the educated people indulge all the malpractices. The growing and griping wave of corruption in our society is the result of excessive love or craze for money.

Evils like bribery, nepotism, favoritism are the off shoots of money mania. The officers, the sub-ordinates, the pressmen, technicians and technocrats all are mammon worshipers. Crimes, hoarding, black marketing, smug, drug trafficking, are the evils fed by money.

The evils of opulence stop no where. The urban society is the worst victim of these evils. Tax evasion, undue profits, forged certificates and degrees, forged documents, black money, service commissions, goodwill money, custom vagaries, traffic crimes etc. are the ghost like evils which walk hand and hand with the people. No crime is too serious or big before money. One can even purchase the law, influence judgment, strangle justice and pass examination and procure admissions. These evils have become too established in our society that no body is ashamed of them. Shameless is the fond child of money.

Excess of everything is bad, but excess of money is worst.

If none of this seems to sink in and if there's something that you can take with you as a reminder. Let it be this..."Money is a necessity, but never to be a lifestyle."

My work here is done.

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'Mean' Mike Duffau is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Steven Lane on November 04, 2007 at 03:55 pm
Just don't need it like I used to. I drove a Rolls Siver Shadow for 17 years, today I drive a 1985 Vw Cabby convertable and I LOVE that car
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By Seema Upadhyay on November 05, 2007 at 12:59 pm
Good article."Money makes the World go round".Cheers!!!!
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By V on November 05, 2007 at 07:41 pm
How many times have You heard someone say If I had his money I could do things my way But little they know That it's so hard to find One rich man in ten With a satisfied mind Once I was waitin' In fortune and fame Everything that I dreamed for To get a start in life's game Then suddenly it happened I lost every dime But I'm richer by far With a satisfied mind Money can't buy back Your youth when you're old Or a friend when you're lonely Or a love that's grown cold The wealthiest person Is a pauper at times Compared to the man With a satisfied mind When my life has ended And my time has run out My friends and my loved ones I'll leave there's no doubt But one thing's for certain When it comes my time I'll leave this old world With a satisfied mind How many times have You heard someone say If I had his money I could do things my way But little they know That it's so hard to find One rich man in ten With a satisfied mind
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By Jen on November 05, 2007 at 07:46 pm
Money shmoney. I'd rather do something mentally stimulating and get paid very little than be bored to tears and be "handsomly compensated". But that's just me.
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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on November 06, 2007 at 07:39 pm
thanks for your all your point of views. keep it coming!!!
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By icanluvulongtime on November 09, 2007 at 09:00 am
Hey Salty! As usual, great stuff here. Thanks for the rating. Most misquoted line in the Bible: "Money is the root of all evil". Noooooooo, it says "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil." That one word makes a lot of difference. Keep writing Mike, you have a lot to say and it's all interesting!
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By icanluvulongtime on November 09, 2007 at 11:55 pm
Oh I forgot Mike, if the wedding ever does get around to a guest list you will be on it!
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By Sharlene Hardin on December 04, 2007 at 02:38 pm
For me, it took not having money for me to figure out my happiness, then once I started pursuing my happiness, my economic structure shifted. Mostly because I love what I do, so how much money I made didn't matter and subsequently I did a better job than those who weren't happy doing the same thing. This resulted in promotion after promotion to the point now where I'm able to afford to take the fun vacations I've always wanted and live in an area where I've always wanted to live. Don't get me wrong, I still have certain amount of financial stress. But in the grand scheme of my life, I know that money is not worth making myself sick over.
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By Cindy on December 06, 2007 at 12:45 am
I'd like the opportunity to know if money buys me happiness or not.
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By TonyBerkman on November 09, 2011 at 04:11 pm

Holy cow. Damn.

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