Sunday, August 05, 2007

Money Makes the World go...Crazy?

I found this article from the NY Times sad. It absolutely astonishes me that these people are still worried about money. The focus on having more and the chase for something that is always just out of reach is unnerving. There is power in simplicity, and a level of control over one's life that should not be discounted. Obviously, wealth is not categorically bad, but oh, does it get used against we silly mortals. These amounts of money are just imaginary to me, and I am so grateful for the perspective on worldly acquisition that the gospel gives me.

6 comments:

  1. That was a VERY interesting article. I can relate, though obviously on a different scale. Clint and I were just talking about how during undergrad Clint worked as an intern and he got $800 a paycheck for two months and we thought we had literally won the lottery. It seems like the more money you make, the more "needs" you feel you are entitled to fulfill :)

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  2. I can relate, too. I know Eric and I have experienced the lifestyle expanding to meet the income, too.

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  3. yes. I've always struggled to live within my means. I think I did a bit better as a college student than now. It's interesting though that it really doesn't seem to matter if you make 50k or 1 mil a year. saving more, spending less, buying what you need and not what you want, being charitable, etc. money always stresses me out though.

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  4. Ugh. Give me a break. Boo hoo. I only have 10 million dollars . . . I'm nobody!! Sheesh. Well, good luck with that life. I have always expected to be extremely tight with money, so when I'm not, I plan as if I'm about to be, and when I am, I'm ready. Still, money is such a big issue--I can hardly spend $20 without worrying if I bought the wrong thing with it. I don't know if any amount of money would change that. I think people probably just adjust to what they have. If you're worried about money, you always will be.

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  5. Very interesting article. I was totally cheering for the one couple who got off the "golden treadmill" and moved to Bend. And that mom whose kids look to be pretty young from the picture... I wonder if she realizes what she's giving up by continuing to work "for 5 more years." I always feel sad for mothers who choose to work outside the home when their children are small, when there's no NEED for it.

    I agree that it can be so hard to distinguish between needs and wants, and apparently having tons of money doesn't make it any easier!

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  6. I thought it was interesting that many people in this article were concerned about "being someone" and thought that having more money was the means to that end. My checkbook balance is never even a consideration when I think about myself in a self-measure sort of way, you know?

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