I don’t know who’s the greater culprit: the thief who robs us of our money or the dreams that rob us of our lives.
There are so many twisted philosophies out there that I certainly couldn’t confront all of them in one blog post without writing something too lengthy.
One of the most twisted philosophies I have ever come across is the one that states that the love of money is the root of all evil.
I hate such a testament, because it defiles everything mankind has represented up until this very moment.
This is the testament of a man who knows no greatness, so he tries to shatter the greatness of others by defiling the money they are trying to pursue.
For thousands of years, we’ve been taught not to desire, to let go of all attachment to outcomes, to stop wanting.
The Buddha taught that all suffering comes from desires.
All of these teachings are not without merit; however, their true meanings have been jaded by imbeciles of society who want to suppress creativity.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence.
When Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence, “the pursuit of Happiness” was originally “the pursuit of Money”. Money is not the root of all evil. If you keep reading, I will tell you what is.
We need to bring some light into the darkness of “wisdom”, because there are SO many people who have corrupted the essence of many wise teachings.
They believe that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and that we’ll do absolutely anything to get to it, even if we die or kill others in the process.
But, I am here to tell you today that there is absolutely nothing wrong with chasing rainbows, because the pursuit of rainbows has led to the greatest inventions and growth mankind has ever faced.
Fallacy# 1: Desire is Wrong
DESIRE is not wrong. Genetically speaking, our bodies are geared towards self preservation. Our cells die and are reborn every single day. Our body desires life, so it keeps making newer and newer cells.
Everywhere in nature, desire exists in some way, shape, or form. A tree desires to reach its highest height. Sure, the desire may not be conscious, but it exists nonetheless in its own biology.
Humans have the special gift of consciously desiring.
Yet, this skill has been subjected by many to be the root of much sin and suffering.
This is absolutely wrong. There is no growth without chaos. There is no creation without destruction.
Chaos and Order go hand in hand.
Do you think Michael Phelps won 8 Olympic Golds by sitting his ass on the couch and having no desires?
THAT is a fallacy. Without desire, there is no growth. It is only by having a strong, burning, deep desire that we may achieve anything great in life.
Fallacy# 2: Outcome Dependence is Evil
This is another extreme. Sure, when you have your eyes set TOO heavily on a goal, you may trip along the way because you’re not focusing on the present moment; however, we do need outcome dependence.
Anyone who just “wings” life is surely destined to crash.
If you don’t know where you’re going, how will know when you get there?
You NEED to operate from the standpoint of the endpoint. For more information on this, read my YOU Must Write Your Own Eulogy article.
I feel that I don’t have to belabor the point too much here. Now, I am certainly oversimplifying this- I could write an entire blog post on outcome dependence itself-, but this succinct logic still holds enough truth for this particular moment: you must know where you are headed.
You must have a goal, and you must be attached to that goal. You must desire it so badly that it’s the only thing you think about night and day.
When you take action towards this goal, you will certainly achieve it.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.– Henry David Thoreau
Fallacy# 3: Money is the Root of All Evil
Money is not the root of evil, nor is the love of money the root of all evil.
Money has led to so many advances in society that I feel that I would be wasting time and space listing them.
But, why condemn it?
I know what the logic behind it is. The logic is as follows:
“If I focus on the money, then I won’t love the job. I’ll rush through it, and I won’t be able to instill passion into my works of art.”
People who live normal lives love money. They desire lots of it. They work 9-5 jobs, and they wish they had even more of it.
It’s the romantics of society, the “gurus”, the “wannabe saints”, that demonize money.
Their thinking is embedded in innocence, but that innocence churns out no growth in society.
The mentality is that we mustn’t mix our hobbies with work.
The notion is that we must give and give and give without every expecting anything in return.
That, it is evil to want something in exchange for something you have given.
Well, it’s okay to be a giver.
It’s fine to give all that you have to charities.
Go for it.
But, you must be open to receiving things in exchange.
A heart that constantly expands and never contracts is considered handicapped.
Lungs that only exhale and never inhale are handicapped.
Any person who has either functionalities will surely perish.
In life, there is giving, but there is also receiving.
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG with doing things for money.
Is there any coincidence that the some of the most influential people the world has ever seen have also been some of the richest?
– Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie, The Rockefellers, etc.
Until, and unless, you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips, and guns- or dollars. Take your choice- there is no other.- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
The Truth About Rainbows
Rainbows have no end or beginning; therefore there is no pot of gold.
The lesson behind the rainbow is that all the happiness you will ever need is right here in this present moment.
They say that those who chase after money are not happy, and this is a half truth and a half lie.
Half Truth: If you hate your job, if you only do things so that you may be fulfilled with money, you’re on a worthless pursuit, because there is no pot of gold at the end of this journey.
The journey is all that we have, and all happiness exists here.
Half Lie: Money is a motivator. It is partially the reason why many people have become great. Money makes our lives easier, it buys us luxuries, it allows us to spread wealth to impoverished areas, and so much more.
I guess when it boils down to it, most people condemn money because they are chasing rainbows doing something they hate in order to gain some treasure that will fill a hole in their souls.
So, let me reveal to you the secret of happiness.
Let me tell you how you can love money and be one of the greatest people to have ever existed on this planet.
Figure out your life’s purpose, and do what you absolutely love. Even if you don’t know your life’s purpose, find something you absolutely love to do. Fall in love with your art. Live life as if it were a dance. Most people lay on their deathbeds knowing that they could have been so much more, and their hearts are filled with regret. You must be different. You must fall passionately in love with your dance. It’s not something you must work towards- no. The thing you love is inherent within your soul, and any thing you do with it is an expression of your deepest soul. Share your passion with the world, but don’t share it for free! Let your love light up others’ lives, but put a price tag on it. It is OKAY to RECEIVE MONEY! It is OKAY to receive things in exchange for your work. Do not become an irregular heart or lung. People generally don’t appreciate things they receive for free. You must love what you do, and then sell it to the world. You created something out of your mind, and your ingenuity has become somebody else’s source of pleasure. You deserve to get paid for it. Nothing you ever receive will EVER fulfill you as much as your dance fulfills you, and that is perfectly fine! That is how things should be! Your gift to mankind is greater than any gift you could ever receive in exchange; however, a person needs to eat, right? A person needs to sleep. A person needs friends. A person needs comforts. It is okay to have luxuries. It is okay to have fast cars, it is okay to make MONEY! Just make it doing what you love.
Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor—your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?…- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Money isn’t evil. The love of money isn’t evil.
But, if money isn’t, who or what is?
A man without a purpose.
Such a man is corrupt. HE is the reason we have teachings such as, “money is the root of all evil.”
His only aim in life is to make money at any cost.
He will trade his reputation, his dignity, his friends, and his life for money.
Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values if he’s evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he’s evaded the choice of what to seek.- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
He is the one who is seduced by the leprechaun.
He believes that the pot of gold will reward him all the nobility and happiness the world has to offer.
He is of rainbows and suicide.
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Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged / Ayn Rand. New York: Plume, 2003. Print.
Photo Credit: Rowney, Adam. Suicide Rainbow | Flickr – Photo Sharing! Photograph. Welcome to Flickr – Photo Sharing. By Adam Rowney. Web. 05 Aug. 2010. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowneyphotography/4187720802/>.
Thoreau, Henry David. “Henry David Thoreau Quotes.” Find the Famous Quotes You Need, ThinkExist.com Quotations. Web. 05 Aug. 2010. <http://thinkexist.com/quotation/i_learned_this-at_least-by_my_experiment-that_if/346038.html>.