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Money Love – Part Deux

Yesterday I introduced this piece from the Charlotte Observer in which young persons were ask to answer that age-old question about money and happiness. 

As you read, I took issue with parts of the responses (re-read the intro to see why I think it’s justifiable to analyze the financial views of teenagers), however, I am inclined to agree with most of the respondent’s ultimate conclusions.


Does happiness or satisfaction with life come with a price-tag?   

For me, I would need lots of money because I shop whenever I get the chance. It’s really a matter of opinion and lifestyle. – Age 14

You can’t say what defines happiness for people. Every individual has his or her own situation to deal with. One person might not care about money and another person might love making money. – Age 16

In my opinion more money actually could mean more happiness. It just depends on what type of person you are. If you’re a person that is very materialistic, then yes, more money would make you happy. If you’re a person who doesn’t care what kind of car you drive or what type of cell phone you have, then it wouldn’t really make a difference if you had more money or not. – Age 14

Saying that money can’t buy happiness is as Miss-America-ish as wishing for world peace and puppies for everyone.  I’m not saying that world peace and puppies wouldn’t be great.  Don’t go putting words in my mouth. 


So, Is Money Evil?

No.  Money is a tool used by people to make it easier to exchange different things of value like labor, apples and motorcycles.  It cannot cut you, slap you or hit you in the back of the head without an external influence.

You can exchange money for instruments of survival or for comforts that improve your quality of life.  People may become obsessed with obtaining more money and more comforts and people are capable of doing evil things in the name of money.


Is Stuff Bad?

There is no right answer for this one.  So why did I bring it up?  Because many of the respondents voiced the complaint that people care too much about their stuff.  As a matter fact, I’m probably guilty of it. 

Tell me, am I wrong for wanting to keep a family heirloom in good condition?  What about using coasters to avoid water rings on the table?  Alright, I’ll give it to you that I don’t need that collection of candle sticks.  But these things make me happy (though, they are not my only source of happiness).  Why?  Well, is that really anybody’s business?


Article publié pour la première fois le 28/09/2010