Sunday, November 04, 2007

#83 Money


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Money, it's what makes the world go 'round! Money, currency of one type or another, has been around for longer than I can remember. Anything that's been around for along time is bound to get get a bad rep, and money is no exception. You may have heard the expressions, filthy lucre, and "love of money is the root of all evil". These are both negative connotations to be sure. How can something so important get maligned so harshly?

When we were in college we did an experiment in microbiology class where we cultured the surface of coins in each of our own pockets. The results showed us emphatically that money was indeed filthy; covered with a multitude of germs and even included some germs we call pathogens. The government of the USA impregnates it's "paper" money and even the ink it's printed with, with antiseptic. The older the money becomes the more it degrades the antiseptic and the money becomes more "filthy". Do you think that has anything to do with the spread of colds?

In any event, I don't think that is what's meant in the bible: Titans 1:11 when money is referred to as "filthy lucre."

And then to boot in Timothy, 6:10. it says “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

So for at least 2000 years we've witnessed money be chastised as a bad thing. I contend that money, an inanimate object, is incapable of being bad or good. It merely is, period. It's humanity, who puts too high a value on money, that is good or bad. Timothy seems to have gotten it right when he said "for the love of money...." Unfortunately we seem to value money more than life itself.

Take health care in this country for an example. If you have money, sufficient money that is, you can have access to health care. If you can afford health insurance, you can access the health care system. The greater your income, or the better you insurance the better level of care is available to you. WHY?!!!

Does an astronaut who flies to outer space get paid what a superstar baseball player gets paid? The ball player only has to perform his best 30% of the time. What would happen to the astronaut if he was batting 300 while in the stratosphere?

We give more money to people who are good players than we do to people who are good workers. Does that seem right to you?

It seems to me that we as a species, put our emphasis in the wrong place too often. We put value on entertainment rather than life and for that reason the majority of humanity suffers.

Too many do without while too many have much more than they need to be comfortable.

How much money is spent on gambling, excessive drinking of alcohol, recreational drugs, pornography, prostitution, car racing, race horses, Cars (hummers, Lamborginis, etc.) yatchs, and lets not forget a huge money sucking drain on humanity...WAR!!!!!

If I were made King of the world I would tax all of the above at a flat rate of ten percent and with those earnings I'd relieve all the suffering in the world.

Come on folks; it's about us, not the money.

Oops, I've got to cut this diatribe short so I can go purchase a lottery ticket...Maybe tomorrow I'll be filthy rich.


Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Lots to think about there...

10:32 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

Great post.

One translation I read..had it as the LUST for money, is the root of all evil. That's dead smack on, don't ya think?

1:17 PM  
Blogger Jellyhead said...

Now you've got me thinking Rel.

Love the last line!

3:58 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

I just wish I had enough money not to have to think about it.

6:10 PM  
Blogger bonggamom said...

Yuck, the part about money literally being dirty/filthy is true!! Lots of germs there!

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rel, personally I think that the human mind is never content with what we have, if we just have the right quantities of everything, to survive - not too short, not too large and be content, all these issues would go away... but in the name of money humans have always killed, so to me, too much of money is always not worth the effort. Easily stated, tough in practise. Very nice post. Thanks.

8:50 AM  
Blogger mareymercy said...

Very nicely put.

10:48 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

" a species we put too much emphasis on the wrong things." Hear, hear!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Well said, Rel. Especially as yesterday I was reading about Brisbane's homeless. The writer of the article spent the night on the streets with them. They get a miserable 400 hundred and something dollars a fortnight yet can pay $145 per week for a cockroach-ridden room in a hostel for the homeless.

Go's a total disgrace and we can lay blame on the greedy and the Government...and the two are not necessarily different entities.

3:56 AM  
Blogger colleen said...

I must be poor because I don't get colds. Truth is people worry about public bathrooms when we're more likely to catch something in a hospital!

Well done and researched piece! Thank you.

1:32 PM  

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