The Pursuit of Money Over Personal Satisfaction

By: Tom Chatham

Have you ever asked a person why they work? If you have the answer will likely end with a statement that they need to pay for stuff. It’s a truism in the world we live in that you must pay for many of the things we need. Its this need to pay for more and more stuff that leads to the need for higher paying jobs.

This perceived need leads many to seek jobs they do not necessarily like but need to achieve this end result. The race for the almighty buck has many unintended consequences. It has been said that if you do not like your work, you will not like anything else about your life.

The pursuit of money leaves many people with a hollow void that is never filled and causes them to lash out at society in their discomfort. This is seen in the many cases of domestic abuse, road rage and general lack of politeness in society. In many cases the more the person makes, the more likely you are to see these traits.

What is missing in many peoples lives is the personal satisfaction they get from the feeling of accomplishment of something every day. The more personal satisfaction a person gets out of life, the more likely they are to be a happy person and in turn treat others with respect. This also helps to insure a healthy life that avoids many of the ailments that come with having a foul mood most of the day.

The feeling of accomplishment can come from very little things such as building or repairing something. Some of my most cherished accomplishments are things I did for free. Knowing I did something that had some value and served a purpose meant a lot to me personally. Doing that and making some money at the same time is just icing on the cake.

This is something many people in our fast moving world miss out on and it can cost them in the end. As society gets faster and money becomes the primary commodity in life, people can lose their self worth and determination. This is evident when something happens and they suddenly have no money to continue their current lifestyle. Money has replaced personal satisfaction as the cement that holds society together. When the money supply finally gives out, society will fall apart.

Having money is great because it allows you to do many things you could not do otherwise but it should not be the foundation of your existence. How many people have gotten divorced because of monetary problems? How many people have refused to get involved with someone else because they did not meet up to their monetary expectations?

Money has become all too important in society and when it goes away during economic crisis society cannot handle it. If you have a spouse that just says, don’t worry we can manage, after you have lost your job and have very little money to live on then they get it. They are saying their personal happiness does not depend on money to give them the personal satisfaction in life that they require.

This is the missing ingredient that the American society needs to get through the trying times ahead and we no longer have it. If we do not find it soon, the days ahead will be very miserable and very destructive as society tears itself apart searching to fill the void left by the destruction of money. When you can go day to day without money and feel happy about life, you are at a place that will allow you to get through most bad events in the right frame of mind. That frame of mind is what you need to solve the problems at hand and move on with your life. The lack of it will cause us to self destruct.

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Posted on September 2, 2014, in Commentary, Economics and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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