We live in a culture that is 100% monetized. Unfortunately just about everything is judged by money and the lack thereof. In this society a man’s character doesn’t necessarily determine his worth, but it’s the perceived amount in his bank account. Madison Avenue has done an excellent job of convincing society that you can only be happy if you have an abundance of material things. It’s a never ending procession of new gadgets and material things paraded before us on a constant basis. One of the great inventions of our times is the cell phone which is now in the hands of children which receive instant advertisements of goods and services which their parents more than happily purchase to satisfy their kids. The British philosopher Bertrand Russell, one of the great mathematicians and philosophers of the 20th century, wrote a book The Pursuit of Happiness. The idea was that you are happy when you are absorbed in some activity that you enjoy and respect. The example he used was the game of tennis. If you’re planning tennis to get happiness from the game, you won't find happiness nor will you win the game. Happiness will come if you love the game and play it with all your heart, mind, and soul. It’s the activity that gives you happiness, not the racquet and the ball.
Money, if properly used, can afford you happiness, joy, and allow you to do good for society. You can be generous with your family, friends, and people that are in need. Look at the wealthiest in this country who derive great joy and happiness from being able to help others. Money is a verb and not a noun. When I was in school when we were taught what words were. Noun, preposition, conjunction. When you got to the defining of verbs, we were taught that a verb is a word that means to work. Money is a verb, not a noun. The one thing that we must learn quickly and at an early age is that money is a verb and we must put it too work. If you are a domestic worker, blue collar, policeman, fireman, government worker, lawyer, accountant, whatever your profession or trade, occupation you must be able to put money aside. The first investment one should make is in an education. In many of my public speaking engagements, often it is the case with students that their main concerns are their student loan liabilities.
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