Money vs people

How mindless pursuit of wealth could make humans blind to the truth

February 10, 2019 12:01 am | Updated 12:01 am IST

Do you remember your younger days as a child at home and in school when parents and teachers taught you that being a good human being is what matters the most in this world? Do you also remember your days in college and office when your perspective of life began changing from being a kind and large-hearted human being to that of a money-making machine?

For generations, the transformation of time has seen humankind begin life’s journey with education in humility and humanity, only to end up completing this education with the motive of earning money, even if it means disregarding loyalty, kindness, and consideration. Today, our world continues to see human beings live and breathe through the oxygen of our currency, as, without its sufficient supply, we tend to suffocate in debt, leading to depression, loneliness and failed relations.

Our financial greed has made us slaves to commercial value instead of building principles of ethical value, as today we live in a world where people live for the sake of money rather than caring for the people who help them earn money.

The negative impact and understanding of money has grown to such heights that, we even see humans carve their love, and marry people for money as well, as either parent tend to receive and accept huge sums of money to force their child into marriage, or the potential couple decide to tie their knot, having a financial plot in mind. This mindset of neglecting love and values for the sake of money, ruin peace of mind as well as cultural beliefs, which stand as the primary purpose for marriage and signifies a slap in the face of morality.

Moreover, besides ruining people’s personal lives and culture, money has severely impacted the corporate world as well, as though money stands as the primary motive of a business, some businesses end up seriously obsessed with its significance and even fake their identity to a point where it becomes more about financial and marketable offers rather than the actual product itself. This results in businesses losing the initial purpose of starting the venture - which was first about providing a product to satisfy one's needs by using money only as a means and not as the entity.

Besides, on the other side of the financial scale, one shouldn't misunderstand the importance of money from that of financial addiction, as though financial craze in lives (marriages) and businesses can ruin personal and corporate prospects, the ethical understanding and essential use of finances can also help individuals take vital steps in survival and growth, that is, assuring and helping family members by giving them a healthier and better future. Moreover, the upright use of money in businesses can also help in developing and improving the community as well as spreading satisfaction among the neighborhood.

Ultimately, after understanding the difference between money craze and money necessity, we need to ask ourselves a couple of questions. Is it money that helps businesses build everything around us or is it the people who earn money the ones making things around us? Is a financial asset more valued than an individual, or a married family or is it the family or individual who grows through the roots of money plants.

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