Honest opinion about money

How do you feel when someone says: "money is everything".

More importantly how does one react to someone who's motivation is all about money?

I know for a fact that 10% of the world's population has no problem about money. Musk, Soros, Besos, Bates are all in that category. But I also know that about three quarter of the world's population live under the injustice of poverty. Which means having no money.

Should we all be focused on making money? Don't get me wrong. I know how easy life can be with a lot of money but I never ever considered money as everything. Maybe I should.

Note: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand holds the highest influence in my life.

Another note: Communist and socialist countries can't make money as their goal, can they?

Your opinion, contributions and ideas are all appreciated.

Thank you.

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"In real communism, as Marx theorized it, nobody’s paid at all. There’s no currency. Everyone produces to the extent of their ability and takes what they need. You can see it as a form of communal self-sufficiency. It never works out that way in practice but theories often don’t."

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I've personally never met anyone who thinks money is everything as you said.
If someone is all about money I pity that person.
I have been with the very rich, who never talked about what they had. In my case they were Christians.
I have also been with the very poor. I had my birthday at their home and brought all the goodies to the home.......................
Same thing with me Phat. Quite honestly it spells excessive greed and manipulation. I've read it i one of the blogs here and it's bothered me since.

Also it is claimed by the same poster that the world's economy revolves around money. I vehemently said NO. PRODUCTION IS. Productivity of the people and the country as a whole makes economy flourish. Money is of course a result of that production. wave
I'm humbled by your contribution dear lady. I have always worked hard to be productive so life would be easier but never been that obsessed in the value of my efforts for money. teddybear
A priest said that when people have a lot of money they don’t need God so they feel self sufficient. Put God first.

Matthew 6:33

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.angel
Absolutely Raywave .

I'm pleased to hear that because nothing is closer to God than the needy.bouquet
Most people are happy to be secure and I include myself in this. But there are others, the people who want everything and the other way the person who almost prefers a gritty life on the never-never.

As for Marxism your best chance of getting someone to do a terrible job for free is if there was a war on. But who knows maybe one day you could get paid to drink margherita through a plastic straw, and suddenly Marxism makes sense.

Francisco d'Anconia’s Speech on Money from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)

"So you think that money is the root of all evil?" said Francisco d'Anconia. "Have you
ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist
unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material
shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and
give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by
tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by
the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?
"When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction
that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or
the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world
can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive
tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor--
your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of
hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that
moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?
"Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator
and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try
to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it
for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions--and
you'll learn that man's mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that
has ever existed on earth.
“But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made–before it can be looted or mooched–made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can’t consume more than he has produced.’......................
I love it C and I have always loved his principle. In a lar man's terms, money is only a tool for the consumption of what one made. The core of honest and ethical practice of capitalism.

I didn't in anyway mean that money is evil. No. I am concerned by those who acquire money or wish to do so without the honest effort of labor to make it.

Perhaps in a very simplistic way I get concerned when the inplicaof what others do is the acquisition of wealth without having contributed to it's honest production.

Some use love even without one to marry others for money. I guess there's nothing wrong with that but idolizing the valor power of money without like John Galt said their efforts in making it is morally wrong.

Thanks C.
And I meant to say Francisco D'Anconia
Money brings out the worst in people. The more you have, the more greed takes over. Our entire economic system needs a complete overhaul.
That's one of the results of greed Track because of money.
The Beatles said it all: "Money can't buy you Love."
IMHO: Money is a channel of Power. But it is limited to power over material items: clothing, homes, food, cars, entertainment, etc......that are of THIS era. I Lifetimes past, groups of people had no "money". Their food and Lifestyle was based on their connection to the earth much more directly than you find today in "civilized countries". That direct connection to the 'Source' of their existence was a Spiritual one no matter what goup of people you belonged to: Native American, Scandinavian, European....that is, until they ecame "civilized" and "trade" was replaced by "money". So now, we must choose how we see Life Goals.....do we "go for the gold"? totally denounce 'money'? or choose somewhere in between? Of course, as seen in Maslow's 'pyramid of actualization', physical existence comes foremost at the bottom. As we become more self-sufficient and our basic physical needs are moet. we can choose to stop there and continue to push for the material objects society says we should want or we can continue up the pyramid moving into more Inner Awareness while maintaining a basic level of physical Life using money rather than being 'used' by it.
Money is just one side of greed. Whether owning the most possessions or currency. People who never can get enough. I tell someone who works excessively, "what are you going to do? Die independently rich?"
Money is a means of barter. Nations invent them to level the playing field. I need a cow. Trade you this hog.dunno I dont need nor want a hog. Plus it is not worth what my cow is. Now what? Get half a cow? Hard to do if you want it for milk.help laugh
Money fills a need. I will buy your cow for this many coins..this many pieces of paper our society deems worth an amount.
When people have more interest in those pieces of currency, beyond love, family, living..then they have a mental issue.
People need enough to supply their rational needs. Comfort in old age. But, the 1 percent have so much, it means nothing except getting more.
Sad part is after a lifetime of work and hoarding, they lay in the dirt like everyone else.
Rich man, poor man, beggarman, thief...they get the same 6 feet of dirt in their face.
"So you think that money is the root of all evil?" said Francisco d'Anconia. "Have you
ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist

This is a little bit of a straw man argument because the Bible doesn’t say money is root of all evil.

A popular current text, the King James Version shows 1 Timothy 6:10 to be: For the love of money is the root of all of evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

So in this case Any Rand is a pulling a fast one.
I believe that balance is the key to a sound living. Avoid excess and don't over indulge in what it can do. Moderation is the way to go.

When people say, life is about money, I'm truly shamed by it.
Well said K.wave
In a capitalistic world, we are worth what we worked hard for. I have no complaints about that.
I say work hard while you're young for money and nothing else. Monkeys get paid in peanuts. laugh
rolling on the floor laughing hahaha, that's a good one my friend wave yes, when we're old life becomes a lot worse if we don't have money. But still it isn't everything. JMOcheers
cool S, I think you'd have this on the Stupid Biden blog. wave
Money follows the same old law of diminishing returns. The more you have, the less it matters. I think it's $5000 per annum where you begin to care about the environment and $75000 where you could say fair enough in general. It's not that money makes you happy, it is that poverty makes you unhappy. And even then it's not so simple because you might be happier slummin' it, tell me what you can you want when you've got it all? Something earthy and authentic to experience the stormy billows of life instead of being sheltered and arse kissed. Something more exciting when you actually could die tomorrow.
Good point Ovs. The likes of oprah buying a 45 grsnd bag of Hermes. Is it the purse? Or the name. In that case money has served it's purpose for the twisted mind of the wealthy. sigh
Money money money
Brighter than sunshine, sweeter than honey.
It brings luxury & comfort it makes life funny.
People comes to you if you have lot of money.
People leave you alone if you don’t have money.
Who uses it carefully they are very brainy.
Whatever it may be, I love only man not money.

For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.

Once a 70 year old friend of mine told me that if you want to hate someone, do it with money.
And he said, as long as the money is in your hand, it is OK, it will ruin you if it gets into your brain.
Nice one Decent
Sorry wave jobs are hard to come by lately and money is earned from jobs. Even Harris has the whitest teeth I've came across.
Hahaha that's a clever on Obs.wave
She's a clown S. That's for sure.
Linds speaking of money lake mead is drying up and not much of that investment. Rain was forecasted in this week from past missed two over here but seven days out looks better. Tuesday night is the end for high eighties. We was in a small drought and looks good late sep.
Most people lump together into the same category all men who become rich, refusing to consider the essential question: the source of the riches, the means by which the wealth was acquired.

Money is a tool of exchange; it represents wealth only so long as it can be traded for material goods and services. Wealth does not grow in nature; it has to be produced by men. Nature gives us only the raw materials, but it is man’s mind that has to discover the knowledge of how to use them. It is man’s thinking and labor that transform the materials into food, clothing, shelter or television sets—into all the goods that men require for their survival, comfort and pleasure.

Behind every step of humanity’s long climb from the cave to New York City, there is the man who took that step for the first time—the man who discovered how to make a fire or a wheel or an airplane or an electric light.

When people refuse to consider the source of wealth, what they refuse to recognize is the fact that wealth is the product of man’s intellect, of his creative ability, fully as much as is art, science, philosophy or any other human value.

The Objectivist Forum

“The Money-Making Personality,”
The Objectivist Forum, Feb. 1983, 2
Thanks Cwave
We have no problem about water Swave
If you won the lottery would you be greedy or would you be generous.

I know exactly who I would share a lottery winning with.

I don't agree that money is the root of all evil. It is only when you attain it by illegal means.
I agree secret. I have no problem about money being earned with the sweats of our labor.
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As the people phenomena that money is everything or money makes the mare go.
In my view I do trust in such money.
It's all about your thinking and how to earn money. Less money which earned by legal means is enough for happiness and harmony.
More money earned by illegal means is tension and depression. frustrated
Stay Blessed Lindsyjones. hug
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dear Timotie. You're always right in my book. Stay safe and blessed always. hug
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