Wealth is about much more than just money

in philosophy •  2 years ago 

Many of us associate wealth with money, but in reality wealth is much more complex than just being full of money. Wealth is happiness, security, knowledge, time, growth, love, freedom, and yes, it is also money, but the problem is that we spend so much time only looking for money thinking that this will get us everything we want.

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The vast majority of us grew up thinking that success and wealth were determined by how much money we accumulated. From the cartoons we saw on TV that found gold chests in some lost ship, to the gifts we received at Christmas, we measured everything in material value. Since we were kids we used to associate love with gifts, so much so, that if they gave us something we did not like, that would upset us.

Which one is more important to you? To which one do you dedicate more time?

What did Santa Claus said when he entered the fireplace to leave the gifts? "This kid has been good this year, so that's why he has many gifts!", And with that excuse our own parents "blackmail" us to behave in a proper way, "behave yourself, or Santa Claus will not bring you gifts" - typical. These are everyday situations that seem to be harmless, but in reality these are the things that shape us the most and define how we perceive happiness and success.

As soon as we stop chasing money as the main goal of our lives, we will realize how rich we already are. What would happen if we could measure in numbers our health, happiness, time, love and knowledge, just as measure money in a bank? What would happen if we had an artifact that told us exactly how much health we have saved, or how much time we have left to spend, or perhaps, how much love do we need to be considered successful in our society? - Life would be very different.

Again... which one is more important to you? To which one do you dedicate more time?

You have to understand the purpose of money to really stop depending on it so much. It was created to facilitate the exchange of goods and services between different entities, that's all. If today there would be no money, I am sure that our purpose in life would not be to accumulate a lot of trinkets in a warehouse to show how "rich" we are, how we do it with money in a bank.

Okay, I perfectly understand the importance of saving and planning for the future, this is necessary if we want to have good and responsible lives. However, I do believe that many people have a misconception of the true value of the important things in life. We must prioritize the basic instincts of the human being over money: eat, sleep, make friends, fall in love, laugh, relax, learn, create, work and dream. I am sure we will find enough time to earn money, save and buy the things we most want and need, but we must find a balance where we do not waste the best part of our life trying to become the next Bill Gates or Carlos Slim, although we need to have in mind that being ambitious is healthy and can bring the best on us. But we must maintain a proper balance in every important area of our lives, otherwise we will eventually get burnout and collapse.

Our thoughts and ideas sometimes are more important than the money we have

The beauty of wealth is that it is much more than just money, and for each of us it can be something different because we all have our own dreams and aspirations. If we all look for money, there will never be enough for everyone; there will always be poor people who do not have enough to eat and there will be millionaires who will not reach their entire lives to spend even a tenth of the money they have in the bank. But if we perceive wealth as much more than money, there would be enough for all human beings in this world, because for each of us, wealth would be different.

Maybe in the future, things like knowledge could actually be measured just like today we measure how many files a hard drive actually has. Would you prefer to be friends/partners with a person rich with money or rich with knowledge and experiences?

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I agree with you, wealth is much more than just money. Most of us are all blinded by the popular description of money as the only basis of wealth when in fact it's more than that.

I am glad you agree with me. This misconception is something we need to resolve eventually. For our own good.

But we really can not deny the fact that money could blind us from reality. Resolving such would really be so hard.

It will take time for sure, decades. But it can be done.

Totally agree. I believe that materialism is the biggest current problem in society, and it is leading us into an abyss. Material wealth is not bad, the bad thing is to give more value to material wealth than to any other type of wealth, and be willing to do anything, even against your values, just for the material.

Yes! when people lose their integrity just for the sake of having more material things it’s like if their souls got a little less alive.

I couldn't agree more. The world unconsciously leaves us with an ideology that wealth is all about financial strength; some forget that alot of people can boast about their bank records but cannot sleep at night due to lack of peace of mind.

some forget that alot of people can boast about their bank records but cannot sleep at night due to lack of peace of mind.

This right here says it all, if you can peacefully sleep at night, you are good,

I completely agree! Western culture is too oriented toward materialism. It isn't real!

I am glad you agree with me!

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I do enjoy having money, since after saving up I've been able to afford more free time! And I've been spending it with the people I love and on the interests I enjoy. I feel like time is the one thing nobody is truly wealthy in (though some are shorted more than others) - we're going to spend every second we have.

Well said - I know I talk about investments a lot but I am actually very aware that I am happy where I am.

Money doesn't define me.

Good for you! It’s important to not lose our head especially here on crypto with all the incredible returns there are

Beautifully written. Wealth encompasses a lot more than just money. – Health, Goodwill and friends all inclusive–.

Exactly! You got my point 👍

I agree with you brother

Awesome post guy, you are dead on, money is just a barter system, there's no inherent value. I feel wealthy in life because of good family, friends, a beautiful state, nature, good food to eat. Simple things are the most important, they are our true wealth. Nice post!

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