In modern society our success is measured in how much money we have. Money gives people the sense of entitlement, the more money we have, the bigger our ego gets. The root to all unhappiness is money. Millions of marriages end up in divorce because of the lack of money or too much of it. People lose their humanity because of money, it becomes their sole driving force in life. Money becomes people’s god, they spend all their time trying to make money or thinking about money.
But money can’t buy you happiness or any other virtue. Money makes us blind to the important things in life, like love, happiness and compassion. We get so caught up in our daily grind to make a living that we forget to live life. The quest for money makes us spiritually poor, we don’t take time to think about life and to discover our purpose in life because out whole being is consumed by the love of money.
There are still societies in the world that live without money. In modern terms they are poor, but spiritually they are the richest people in the world. The live a humble life, but they are happy. They all work together to help each other, they have a strong bond with their families and they love one another. These societies take time out to practice their spiritual traditions and to become better people. Money has no value to them, their wealth is measured by their love and compassion for each other.
Unfortunately we need money to survive in modern society. But that is all money should be to us, to survive, to put food on the table, to put clothes on our bodies and to put a roof over our heads. That is all money should be to us, just a means to survive. We should use our time to enrich our lives with the spiritual virtues. Our lives will be filled with love and peace if we have compassion for others and by helping others, we will have a rich soul. We will experience a happiness that no money can buy us.
The daily grind to make money consumes our time. It makes us numb to our spiritual needs. Time is a precious commodity and we have to use it wisely.
We should use our time to enrich our lives and not try to get rich.