“So you think money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?” Ayn Rand
Since the recession started, you’ve probably taken more of an interest in how our financial system works. If you’ve satisfied that curiosity, you know the economy is a fantasy you silently agree to. You work some, you spend some, you save some. Sure, you could go live in a cave in Tibet for the next 100 years, but what would be the fun in that?
In past times, wealth encompassed so much more than money. Wealth was freedom, the arts, relationships… You were wealthy because you were loved or respected. Just think about that. When did you buy in that wealth means a number in your bank account?
Just as you agree that money means wealth, you can choose, for yourself, that wealth means so much more. After all, it’s your metaphor; wealth can mean whatever you’d like. And if you’re a bit of a conspiracy theorist like me, taking back your personal power is the most effective (and fun) way to fight “the man”. :)
Money has become a metaphor for what your soul wants, not, as they say, for what you can buy with it. Money doesn’t have to represent your intelligence (I know plenty of rich, unintelligent people). It doesn’t have to represent security, a strong community is truly your only security. It doesn’t even have to represent your freedom. As long as you believe money means freedom, you are a slave to it. As they say, what you really want, money can’t buy. Good relationship and communication skills buys happiness. When you decide to keep learning and thinking for yourself, you grow your happiness bank account.
Taking money out of wealth frees you to enjoy what you already have. So… What is your wealth?
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