“Only when the last tree has died
and the last river been poisoned
and the last fish been caught
will we realise we cannot eat money” –
Cree Indian Proverb
Money is the language humans speak in. It is perhaps second only to God. One who doesn’t earn money is a lazy bum. One who doesn’t love money is an ascetic. So they say.
The concept of ‘paying’ is only a human invention. Animals don’t pay for food, or shelter, or the air they breathe. It’s provided by Nature. We humans do.
The worst thing to happen for the human race was the invention of the concept of “private property”. That is the root of all evil. We store. We horde. We think of accumulation.
Next in line was the concept of selling. To get ‘richer’. We think we can print money out of nothing and lend out or borrow. But, what is the true value of money? Does it have any true value? It’s just printed paper.
Every human has an equal right to food that the earth produces, fundamentally speaking. But, some, who’ve managed to horde large quantities of it, make the others stand in queue and pay money for food.
They think they’ll get richer. But, richer by what – by printed paper? What shall they do with that printed paper? Buy more.
Man only has three fundamental needs – food, clothes, and shelter.
I say ‘needs’ not ‘wants’. Man can want anything – he can want world domination, he can want all the oil fields in the world, he can want even the moon.
But, where is this ‘want’ leading us to? Why do we want all these? Because we want to get richer? We want to have more money so that we can buy more?
But buy what? Man can have only three needs, right?
It’s like a paradox.
The world is simple, really. Think about it. All these aspirations, these desires of outperforming your neighbour, owing the biggest car – they lead to naught.
You’re not running away with these anywhere. You’ve got to die one day. Some people argue – “I’ve got only one life. I want to make the most of it”.
They make it so complicated. You, human, are so puny that you cannot say with authority that you have only one life. Even Science hasn’t nullified the theory of re-birth.
If you’re born here, you’ll have to live with the fact that people are crazy after money. You too will have to earn it.
But, then, what is the right attitude towards money?
It’s not everything. But it’s not so valueless that you’ll squander it all. It’s nice to keep some for a rainy day.
But, then that’s it. Money is security. Having money is like having the knowledge that people won’t kick your butt. Think about it. Man’s only danger is man himself.
You want money because you want to make sure when you’re sick, another man won’t refuse to treat you.
You want to be sure that another man doesn’t refuse to teach A, B, C’s to your child because you don’t have money.
You want to be sure that another man doesn’t refuse you food because you don’t have money.
Money can’t exist for money’s sake. It is valuable only in exchange of a commodity – a loaf of bread, a pail of water, a year of college.
That is what money is – it is a medium of exchange. Nothing more. Nothing less.