WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MONEY?
We use money every day. It is the grease between the gears that work society. Families are split over its use and misuse. We see people get it in great volume, and then waste it, not being happy that they ever received it.
We see people steal it, squander it, and then eventually reject it. It can be a motivation or a curse. Many believe it can give us what we dream of. But what is its real purpose? What is money ultimately for?
We have been told that the love for it can be the root of all evil. It has been described in terms of lust, desire, craving and so on. So there is obviously a bad side to this thing called money, or is there?
Was not evil described by Albert Einstein, when he was very young, as simply a lack of good? In others words, if we understood what money was really for, and used it for good, could it be then no evil? Could it be that if we routed out money’s misuse, then there would be no evil in its use?
So what is the purpose of money? The answer is this, and it is very very simple. Money exists to improve well-being and livingness, for the greater good of life.
That is it. And that is where money gets its power from. And when you see money not being used for this, you will find evil. You will find people doing things that are not for the benefit of life.
And by saying the purpose of money is for the greater good, we might also be saying that money is there to improve the life of one’s self, family, friends, his country and all life. That would include trees, birds, dogs, cattle, lions, insects, and all that we see as precious. If money is used to create a great monopoly, create a dynasty, but does not improve the greater good of all life and livingness, then that money is an aberrant commodity and will eventually be overthrown.
For our society to move forward, we need money, but we need it to follow its correct way.
Money is like a river. And water too is precious, but only so long as it is used in a way that does not drown and destroy us. So like water, money flows, and it must flow from one person to another so that it improves life. It can flow to employees, the capitalist, the taxman, and anyone, so long as it is following its natural course of helping life.
When you see money being used to destroy life, it is not being used properly. You can then expect the masters of that money to be bankrupted, jailed, overthrown, and maybe even killed. That is all through our history, revolutions and wars.
So, remember this the next time you get a chance to make and use money. Allow it to follow its natural course for the well-being of livingness for the greater good. You will then be able to enjoy its use, and the great benefits it will bring you.
Nick Broadhurst is the author of science fiction books, children’s picture books, and comics. He also writes articles on contemporary philosophy. For a living he is an architect, building contractor, building inspector, and worked in many countries.