We need to stop demonizing money and wealth.

11/08/2016


Why does everyone try to avoid the topic of money like it's some kind of blasphemy?

Prosperity has been equated with selfishness and greed. Money has been given a bad reputation with most people who don't have it or who hoarde it.  It has been blamed for everything from infidelity, wrecking families to destroying friendships.

In my opinion, wealth and money are amoral. They are neither right nor wrong. Just like a knife—in the hands of a chef, it is a good tool, but in the hands of a criminal, it is a bad tool.

And just like a knife, money is important. Its an invention that freed us from having to carry around sacks of things in order to trade. It's a tool by which we may fulfill our purpose in a larger and better way.

Those who have always had a comfortable home, cars that run and access to food at every meal take for granted the privilege of provision. And those who have not have those luxuries blame those who have money for everyone bit of their misery.

I did. I questioned why my mother wasn't those women who came from rich families with a trust fund. Without money, I saw how powerless my mother was and we didn't have any security.  But I saw how having enough enabled people to live comfortably. I wasn't envious, I was just wondering why we didn't have it good at home.

And so I had this love hate relationship with money. Since I was raised in Church were erroneous teachings did the rounds about money, I begin to hate money. I thought that poverty meant a high spiritual life. And on the other hand I didn't like being poor. Poverty sucked! I hated it. And I was torn.

But I learned that you can be both spiritual and wealthy. The important thing is what you do with the wealth.  For me, true wealth is about having a healthy balance between the two.

I know that money is not the most important thing in life, but it makes the most important things in life so much better. I have seen the positive ways that money enhances people's health, family relationships, and friendships.

So because of these and many other reasons, we need to stop demonizing money and wealth and giving poverty a badge of honour.

I have seen how poverty violates our humanness. I know people say it's a state of mind... but it's also a state of hunger, of pain for parents who don't know how they are going to feed their children. Just because people are happy on the outside doesn't mean that they are coping.

And we all need the peace of mind that money can give, knowing that if we have an emergency we can deal with it and focus on the important things like family and our purpose here on earth. We need to provide for our families. We need to have enough so we can share. For us to give, we need extra. For us to have extra, we must provide more than our needs. Having more than our needs is having wealth. Having wealth allows us to live the life we deserve, a beautiful life that each one of us should be enjoying.

This quote by Oprah sums it up so well for me and it's what keeps me going.

"What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives" - Oprah.

Why do you think we demonize money?

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