Wealth Doesn’t Equate to Happiness
Many people have great material wealth, yet remain unhappy in the depths of their souls. They know they have an abundance of things, but, deep down, they feel they are missing something. Something they can not buy and that is very important, truly momentous: a reason for being.
Money is crucial for survival, just as it is necessary to have clothing, a roof over our heads and food on the table every day, in order to lead a life in dignified and healthy conditions.
That is precisely the paradox: that money is essential and at the same time, impoverishes one’s existence if it becomes fundamental. It is no easy task to overcome this contradiction in everyday life.
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
On that note, if you are able to find balance in this aspect, this will be a real triumph for you. Actually, quite a feat, in many ways, mainly from the point of view of your personal fulfillment.
Working solely for the sake of making money doesn’t make any sense
According to the 2013 Global Wealth Report published by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, 10% of individuals possess 86% of the total combined wealth of the world. Undoubtedly, a figure to ponder…
Apparently, there are a lot of people in the world who accumulate more than they need and who do not care that others suffer the rigors of poverty.
The fact is that when you allow your life to be dictated by wealth you’ll just turn into another commodity. You will enter the game of an unjust economic system.You will begin to see everything in terms of benefits and see others as if they were “goods.”
Due to this logic of maximum profit and minimum investment, even love, in some cases, for centuries, became for some a product that could be bought and sold.
It’s not a revelation that some women only get married in order to be financially supported. In fact, they do not need a man by their side, but a checkbook that will spoil them. A surprising number of men today happen to tell the same story.
We ourselves are wealth
He who has much to lose, also has much to fear. Because of this, in many of the lives of the rich, there is a huge jungle of trouble and anguish. Wealth has to be taken care of, preserved, and constantly multiplied and improved. Wealth becomes an end in itself and as assets grow, other aspects of life are emptied.
There are many examples of rich, unhappy people. Individuals who arrive at the point of suicide, because they discover they do not know if those around them are their friends, or customers of their favors. They do not know if they are loved, or being used for profit.
When you only focus on money and property, you get to the point of not even having the time you need to enjoy what you have. Many of the most important things in life are free … And they come from your being, not from your belongings.
Money isn’t negative, but it’s use can be
Indeed, not everything has a price. And not everything is about money. Generally, the more one has, the more one wants. This becomes a vicious, never ending cycle; like the myth of Sisyphus.
Obviously, money is not bad in itself, but the negative aspect lies in the use you can make of it. Yes, money is needed to live, but that’s not a reason to give up who you are or who you want to become.
Not he who has the most, but he who needs the least
We are defined by who we are, not what we have. Certainly, there are many people who know very well how to acquire money, but have forgotten how to give a hug, a kiss or say: “thank you” or “excuse me” … Enjoying the simple things in life, the things that don’t involve calculations or forecasts.
In fact, many of the greatest human virtues are born in conditions of need. Behind every scientific invention, every great creation, each admirable feat, lies a need that inspired it. It is well put that “man is God when he dreams and a slave when he counts.”
He who lives in terms of money, does not dream, but calculates. The biggest problem may occur when life requires you to face something for which money is not required. Like laughing, facing death, learning how to love or to being happy through our loved ones’ happiness.
In fact, wealth is within you and not within what you possess. You may be stripped of your possessions, but who you are can never be taken from you. And if you feel you are worth more than the money you have, you can always start over. It was not in vain that someone once said: “The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.”