From: Nathan Pila (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jun 07 2004 - 01:18:54 BST
No one needs to be convinced that money is valuable. The question however
is why do those you have more than enough still strive for more.
I ask because I see the striving for money as a demented exercise and yet
I seem not to be able to break from this insanity.
If there was a person who collected cans of corn and had warehouses full
of cases of corn and still wanted more to save 'for a rainy day', he would
be seen as mentally deranged yet a person can be motivated to collect money
without limit and he is not seen as abnormal, indeed, he might be admired.
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Sent: Sunday, June 06, 2004 8:59 AM
Subject: MF Money
> The idea that people can live without money (or without greed) is an
> idealist interpretation of a utopian world. It stems from the
> intellectual idea that all people are (or should be) equals. Thus one
> having the world while others have barely enough to eat is against the
> intellectual ideal.
> But money doesn't have anything to do with the intellectual realm. Money
> has a profound influence in the social realm; if you have the money to
> buy a good looking suit and drive a nice car people _will_ be polite and
> respectful. The guy who can buy the most drinks is often the one taking
> the most girls home. This isn't "political correct" but it is observable
> in almost any bar over the world.
> Money can also be regarded as a mechanism provided by the social level
> to provide the biological needs. Without money no food, shelter etc.
> This hooks into some of the most elemental fears of the biological
> human: to starve. People feel save when they have money, they feel
> unprotected when they don't. It takes a lot of courage (or foolishness)
> to go without money.
> As for the original question, I think the only help any theory can offer
> as in our relationship to many is to clarify _why_ we like money; we
> can't help ourselves in loving wealth for it is the opposite of
> P.S. Maybe money can be described as a mechanism employed by the social
> level to suppress some elements of the biological level ?
> ) ( Jaap Karssenberg || Pardus [Larus] | |0| |
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