Some discussions never seem to get solved. Classed as ongoing debates and revisited now and again. This particular debate has been ongoing for as long as I can remember and almost certainly long before I existed. With this discussion, I have noticed patterns. Individuals with financial stability argue that money does not buy you happiness, nor should people put pieces of paper on such a pedestal.
Saying so always does a fine job of provoking individuals that don’t have the luxury of sharing the same financial stability that the opposing party does. They would say that money CAN buy happiness, or it contributes significantly towards it.
Looking at the statement at face value, it’s correct. Money definitely can’t buy you happiness, and that is because the emotion isn’t tangible, it can’t be stored or sold. However, with a deeper delve, into the matter. What I believe the “financially stable” mean is money shouldn’t be the deciding factor for your happiness.
Billionaires with health issues aren’t happy or happier because of their wealth. Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs is an example of this. Steve amassed a considerable amount of wealth before his passing. But chances are, he wasn’t necessarily happy during the last weeks and months of his life. Having all the money in the world means nothing if you aren’t able to enjoy it.
A compensational remark (usually used by the less financially stabled) is that “money is the root of all evil”. A phrase that people claim is in the bible, but are wrong, the bible doesn’t claim money to be the root of all evil. But the love of money.
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows”1 Timothy 6:10
Additionally, the bible mentions the benefits of money when accompanied by wisdom. (Ecclesiastes 7:11-12) Further confirming that the assumption the bible is against the concept of money is false and has been taken out of context.
For the less financially stable, I believe that it isn’t specifically money that we desire. But instead, the freedom having money grants, we all desire to be free, (or to feel free at least) being able to do what you want when you want is what freedom is all about. Being wealthy makes that possible.
So, my final verdict on this discussion?
Money can’t buy you happiness it does, however, place you in a better position to be happy. Nonetheless, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be consumed by it and hold so much importance towards it. That’s when things turn for the worst.
The song for today is: MORGAN ft. Ebenezer – Mulholland Drive