Money, what does it mean to you?

@spcbrass (1192)
United States
November 30, 2006 10:00am CST
For some money is power. For others money is everything. Some people say money makes the world go round. I'm sure you've all heard that money is the root of all evil. They also say that money can't buy you happiness. The one thing that is true about money, when you die you can't take it with you!For me money is a means, not an end. It is a way to get the things I want and need, but it doesn't make me happy. Now tell us what does money mean to you?
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33 responses
• Philippines
1 Dec 06
Money, for me is something that provides my necessities. I work for money to buy things that I want. It's also secures my future.... Money is everything... If you earned it in the right way you'll value it more.
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@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Money will do a lot of things for us. Working for it can still bring you stress, especially with the way the cost of everything continues to rise and wages remain stagnant. I know it has really stressed me some days even though I am earning it the right way.
• Singapore
1 Dec 06
ya!! very important
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• United States
5 Dec 06
Money will never make nor break me. Money is essential for daily living but the real value comes in the interpersonal contact. I could care less weather I have a million or a penny as long as my bills are paid. If my bills are paid then all is well. Money comes and goes it is the people that I want to keep in my life.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
6 Dec 06
Getting the bills paid on time is a great feeling. Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there that can't do that because they don't have enough money. I am also trying to put money away so that I don't have to work past my 50's in the workforce. I want to be out while I am still young and can enjoy life!
• United States
6 Dec 06
Money is a wonderful thing to have as long as it does not consume you. Yes ther are alot of disadvantaged people in this world that cannot make their bill, and I feel sorrow for them, yet there are so freeking many millionares in this world that can wipe their butts with a hundred bucks and not even think twice about it, yet they will not help a single person in need. I am already on the retired status as I am disabled, so my 401K is good. Thank you for the thoughts and for the comment.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
6 Dec 06
Unfortunately for people in my generation a 401k won't be enough to retire on someday. Also with the government wanting to cut out social security benefits for us the only real way that we can be safe and secure in our future is to find another source of income.
@crosschk (822)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I have to say I hate money. It stops me from doing the thing I really want. I have to work to earn it, and then I never seam to have enough to enjoy it. However, money is what make the world go roud, and you need it to live in it. Its a double edge sword that gets a lot of people
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I agree with both of you that money has to be earned. It is a necessary evil in our lives. I just wish that money could be earned at a faster rate then it has to be spent.
@crosschk (822)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I know and thats why I sit here at work every week from 8-5 when I could be home with the wife and kid. A money less society does not work. I would be too lazy to do anything if I was not getting paid for it
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think that hard work and quality work should be rewarded. I just don't feel that most employers are doing that for their employees.
@crankycool (1052)
• India
1 Dec 06
cheers - cheers
Money would mean a need or necessity to me now. I am in need of money to buy something I want. Money means freedom as I do not need to depend on anyone to buy anything once I earn my own money. Money wen available regularly and at small payments is a boon. Too much of money is always a problem as persons lose their peace of mind and also start thinking in terms of money, everything would be seen as dollars or rupees pr watever. Money is a medium of exchange, use it to buy something dat you always wanted to buy.!
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Very good points. Money is a necessity to us all. Money can mean freedom, but then you are dependant on a job to maintain your freedom. Basically you are giving up one freedom for another.
• India
1 Dec 06
cheers - cheers
yes a job lets me work for my own money. otherwise I would get money not earned by me. earning one's own money involves a sense of pride
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
4 Dec 06
That is a very good point. I like earning all of my own money, I just really want to be able to earn more.
@udayhase (173)
• United States
1 Dec 06
"Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night." -Marian Wright Edelman I feel that some people take money as the end-all, trump card of life, but I want to ask them: Money won't buy you life. You only live life once, and if you spent all of it making money, then you've completely replaced love with ambition, friends with business partners. I agree. Money is a means, and living for a means will get you nowhere. Money is nice, it really is. It gets me a lot of things I want, it gets me food, it gets me shelter. Yet, the truth still stands that you can't eat money, and you can't take cover from the rain under a pile of money. Money is simply a convenience. You don't need it to live happily, but it sure does make it easier.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Unfortunately in our soiety everything is driven by the dollar bill so money is a necessary evil. How we control our pursuit of money shows a lot about us. Personally I am always looking at the economic implications of everything in my life. I can't help it, it is what I do. Although I do this, I still never lose sight of the more important things in life such as friendship, happiness, and love.
@udayhase (173)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Looking at the economic implications of your/others actions probably help you more than hinder you, especially, as you said, today's society is driven by the dollar bill. I'm glad to hear that you're keeping a level head, however.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Well it's not an easy thing to do sometimes. Especially when you see how fast your hard earned money gets spent. Yesterday I spent a lot of my hard earned money on things I needed like new clothes and shoes because much of my stuff was falling apart. What I work for in a month can be spent in 3 short hours.
@kishthedude (1321)
• India
1 Dec 06
Money brings in more problems..
@prenuer (278)
• United States
1 Dec 06
For me, money would mean freedom. Freedom to make decisions without worry about how I am going to pay. Freedom to help a deserving person in need. Freedom to spend more time with my kids then working. I am working for this freedom, not money.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Money is always a means, but it should never be the end. Keep working at getting your finacial freedom, but never let it consume who you are.
• India
5 Dec 06
money is the solution of problems as well as money is the solution of problems.
• India
5 Dec 06
money is the solution of problems as well as money is the cause of problems.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
1 Dec 06
For me it's a means to an end. The end is being able to live how I wanta without having to work a zillion hours a week for 'The Man.' I've always tried to save money so I'm not forced to do something I hate just to earn a living. This way I have time to visit my far=flung family, do volunteer work (which can sometimes lead to paid work), and enjoy life instead of living like a hamster running on one of those never-ending wheels in a cage.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
You must be talking about the rat race! It is a very tough thing to get out of. We all want out and money is what it takes to get out. The trouble is that it becomes more expensive to play in the rat race everyday and we are not getting compensated enough for it. You'll notice that the cost of goods and services can go up many times throughout the year, yet you get a pay raise about once a year.
@valmiki9 (1171)
• India
1 Dec 06
money - Heap of Money
Money is important in life because every one around us expect some thing from us in the form of a gift. Even our beloved ones wont accept just ahappy birth day without any gift to prove our love. Money cannot buy happiness but you cannot be happy without money either.i have suffered much withou money. some people even looked down on me simply because I had no money. Some expressed their sympathies. But none would like to lend money to me. This kind of incidents made me realize that to live in the world with honour one must have money.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Everything that you have just said there shows you how out of place our values really are. Value means more than money. Some things are worth more to me like friendship and love. By having no money for part of my life I found out who my friends really were. It is strange how our "values" have become all about chasing money.
• China
1 Dec 06
Money is very important for me now , if i got enough money then i can go to the Australia for the further study and I can make my dream come true. Money is a good thing, i really need it.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Money for study is an important thing. I feel that here in the US we are paying far too much to further our education. Where is all of that money going?
@pravibabu (135)
• India
1 Dec 06
it is very important. no human being who dont need money. one should have enough money to enjoy life.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
We should all have enough to cover our necessities at least. Many people barely have that.
@rhinoboy (2129)
1 Dec 06
I would like to say that money doesn't mean much to me, but the more I think about it, the more important it becomes. It's possibly because my family never had much money when I was growing up and I live in a western culture that equates money with success. I don't want a lavish lifestyle by the standards of most people I know. I would be happy to have just enough to live a simple life, but not have to work. A couple of million pounds (UK!) would be sufficient to pay off my mortgage, buy a nice car (not flashy - just nice) and put the rest away so the interest gives me enough to live off for the rest of my life. As that's about as likely as being struck by lightning, I'm afraid i need to work 40 hours a week or more, as is my wife, probably until we retire or die. I guess we could work less and get by with less money, but we like to have enough to go nice places and have nice things for our little girl. I'm studying to be an accountant so that i can hopefully work from home and keep a decent income. I've side-tracked a lot, sorry. My point is that it's nice to say that money isn't everything and many things are more important. It's true, but things are much harder when you have no money.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
You haven't side tracked all that much. You've told my story! Well minus the little girl, and change the currency to dollars! Right now I am not working, but taking a break. Job stress from the last 5 years has taken it's toll on me. When you work as hard as I did doing the jobs of 3 people and getting compensated for one it takes it out of you. This was sue in part to someone else's pursuit of money. They owner of the company saved the cost of two persons salaries plus the cost of insurance on those people and passed none of it along to me. Someone else's pursuit of money literally changed the person I was.
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@tsuresh01 (822)
• India
1 Dec 06
money is important in our life but thats not the whole of life and that money is only to enjoy ...
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
You are right, it's not your whole life, but it does play a big role in it. Otherwise we wouldn't spend 8 hours a day working.
• Romania
1 Dec 06
Mony it is a mean to change goods between people, nothing else than a way to make business. Of course ther is a object for the most people to enjoy life, or to faind ther hapines.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
This is all true. Many people use money as a measurement of their own wealth. Some people have more of it then they will ever use, yet continue to accumulate it and do not give others the opportunity to work for it.
• India
1 Dec 06
well money is a need.u r right that we cant take money with us when we die.definitely we cannot buy everything with it .but we need some money to fulfill r needs.it can bring happines but cant buy
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Money is a tool in our life. Like a hammer can help build a house, money can help us buy the things we need and the things we want.
• India
1 Dec 06
well...whn this happens..i feel very safe...!! - REALLY ENCOURAGED..!!!
well....u need money to survive...its extremely important...but sometimes..it does not help ya...but yes.....u need it..!!
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Strange how we all need it so bad, yet many of our employers are not willing to pay us more.
1 Dec 06
Money means I don't have to live the hard life, it means I have less problems and it maeans I can live with much less worry.
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
I think money is a universal stress reliever! Many of us would live with less worry if we had more money!
@itsjb07 (356)
• India
1 Dec 06
money....makes people mad
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
It's not money that makes me mad, it's the lack of money that does that.
@arman9890 (452)
• India
1 Dec 06
Yeah it should be at this moment because if we dont have money we are nothing in this world.. But if you are earning good money then there is no need to think that money is everything.. Its the part of our life can say Important part but its not the life...
@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Unfortunately for many of us in the working world that do have good jobs, the money that we have simply isn't enough. I literally live paycheck to paycheck after I am done paying bills. I have nothing to complain about other then the fact that it is hard to save any.