Hate Money? Love Life!

There are many who appear to hate money, well at least that’s my interpretation via the media, but I’m sure everyone loves life.

The two are irrevocably intertwined and I also feel that this perception of money being evil, or that you somehow hate money and wealth is misplaced.

‘Money is the root of all evil’

We’ve all heard it, but it’s actually a misquote.

It comes from a quote in the Bible that says,

‘For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil’

Now that is a little more accurate of the real world. It talks about people’s behavior.

Blaming money for people’s wrongdoings is completely passing the buck.

Money is mostly numbers on a screen, pieces of paper, and preferably, gold or silver.

It’s an inanimate, thoughtless, emotionless abstract.

It cannot be evil and it cannot be good.

It’s people that are evil.

The saying, Gun’s don’t kill people, people do, certainly has some truth to it (but I suppose the gun sure as hell helps).

Maybe that is the same with money. Maybe it’s existence does cause the issues we experience, but it still ultimately comes around to people and our behaviour.

If you say you hate money, do you really hate it?

Is it really a bad thing to become prosperous and wealthy?

What I think people really hate is how people get money and what they do with it.

The structure we live under is devised by people. And yes there is so much (frankly too much) that is completely unfair, immoral, fraudulent and evil. It should be hated. But don’t confuse this with hating everyone who is wealthy, or even money itself.

Hate fraud, hate monopolies, hate corruption, hate greed, hate theft, hate manipulation; but don’t hate money.

Money is just the messenger.

You might hate money but I bet you love life

I struggle to understand how anyone could live a life they love without money.

Sure, there are those who pursue spirituality such as Buddhists and whilst that appears to me to be an honourable and fulfilling way to live your life (and a simple way of life that I find quite appealing) – it isn’t for 99.9% of the population. Or we at least don’t think it’s for us.

I also know you probably need less money than you realize to be truly happy and fulfilled (or I should really say less stuff and less outgoings).

Money is simply a medium of exchange.

You can choose how you earn money. You can choose what to do with that money.

You can choose conspicuous consumption or minimal living. You can choose luxury and comfort, or freedom and adventure.

The impetus and onus is on you. You are in control.

Don’t hate money. Don’t blame money for people’s wrongdoings.

Use money to shape a life that you will love.

It’s time to take control of your wealth.

Get in touch today for a personal, independent, and comprehensive financial plan.

Mark Underdown | DipPFS IMC CeMap

Financial Planning Consultant


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