and the more money they have,
the more powerful they think they become.
Even if a person is ugly and stupid,
or sick and in poor health,
even if he has a bad temper
and an animal-like attitude,
he will still be thought of as a great man,
successful and influencial
if he has a lot of money.
People will look up to him
and consider him above everybody else.
That's how most of the world think.
But the embarrassing truth is,
money can never make anyone great or small,
high on top or down below.
We only think so,
because the only one who is ever great and high
is God The Almighty
and no one else will ever be
no matter how hard we try.
Almost all of us have been taught
to live in such a way
as to have a bright future ahead.
And having a bright future
is nothing else but having a lot of money,
living comfortably in fine houses,
affording all the good things around
and all the material things in life.
Even in childhood,
we were already used to hearing from our families
about working hard in the future
to earn a good living,
and even in school,
our teachers instilled in us
about aspiring to be on top
so that we can have all we want and need
by getting rich and wealthy in life.
Money is important for everyone of us
because we use it to buy
the basic necessities in our lives
like food, clothing, shelter, education and etc.
Nobody is going to give them to us
because it involves a lot of money.
Nothing is free in this world
even though everything we see around us
is really for free in the first place
when God The Almighty created the universe.
But because we became selfish, greedy and sinful,
we put a price on anything
and we don't share it to anyone
unless money is paid.
But the sad thing is:
most often in the pursuit of money,
everything else is overlooked,
ignored or forgotten:
our family, friends and relationships.
Our very lives already revolved around money
and we always look forward
to having more of it everytime.
We can't get enough of money,
we always work and strive hard for more.
We tend to become like a desert
that always misses the rain.
We are always insatiable,
we are never satisfied.
It's like every moment
we hunger and thirst for it.
And it sounds like
it's the only thing that matters in this world.
We work hard for the money
even if it's already taking a toll
on our health.
Along with earning the money
are the variety of ailments and diseases
because we simply overworked ourselves.
We find it hard to sleep at night
always thinking about ways
of how to make more money.
Also our family time is diminished,
and we don't seem to care or notice.
We forgot about other people
and all we care about all the time
is money, money, money.
We have less time to go to church to pray
because we're too busy in business and work.
And worst of all,
when our appetite for money grows more and more,
we are tempted to do anything illegal and indecent
thereby breaking all the rules and laws in the land.
"Money is power and power is money"
as most people say.
Yes it's true
but the only thing about its power
is the evil power to lure everyone of us
to do anything to get it
no matter what the consequences maybe.
And anyone succumbing to it
is its ultimate slave.
The more we have it,
the more of a slave we become.
It's a trap that is hard to get out from
and it destroys our very soul.
We become blinded to the other good things
this world always has
ever since the time of creation:
family, friends, love, friendship and etc.
It breeds greed and selfishness,
destroying our love and friendship
and any relationship is shaken up
or broken into pieces.
Families are torn apart
when siblings are not satisfied
with what they get
after properties are divided up.
Friends who have known each other since childhood
become mortal enemies
after partnerships or corporations
failed to make enough money.
Worst of all,
even when we have all the money
this world can ever give us,
it will never assure us
of happiness and contentment
that's why we don't stop
to hunger and thirst for so much more.
And at the end of the day,
the only thing that's clear and true
is we live our very lives
only in the pursuit of money,
and it's like money
is our only reason for living, breathing
and nothing else.
How low and inferior creatures we become!
On the positive side,
money can buy us some happiness.
When we buy our wants and needs,
we become happy and satisfied.
When we buy foods,
when we go shopping,
everytime we pay for vacation and trips,
they all make us happy and excited.
But the greatest happiness and contentment
money can give us
is when we share it
to our less fortunate brothers and sisters
who are found everywhere.
The pursuit of money
is nothing else but evil
when it's done alone.
the pursuit of money
should be bundled with:
the pursuit of knowledge or wisdom,
the pursuit of health and well-being,
the pursuit of nurtured relationships,
the pursuit of faith or religious piety,
the pursuit of charity and so on.
If we want to get rich,
have a lot of money,
and afford all the material things,
we should at the same time:
want to be healthy with no disease or ailment,
want to preserve all our relationships with family and friends,
want to spend more time in church and other religious endeavors,
want to be charitable and helpful to those in need
and so much more.