Who says money is evil?

At least not Priya Kumar. But she tries to understand what has brought money a bad name

money illustrationMoney, like all things divine, is pure energy. Whoever said that money is the cause of all evil, sure did an evil job at spreading the rumour that still haunts the minds of many.

Like energy, money cannot be created; it can only be generated. You can't make it [only the government can]; you can only earn money. And the divinity lies in the word 'earn'.

Like respect, love and admiration, money also has to be earned. It is when money is not earned but amassed with deceit, that it denotes the birth of evil.

Money is an exchange for value

When what you do adds value to the life of another, then you earn the money in direct proportion to that exchange. If your service or your product solves problems of others, brings them good health or more opportunities for growth, then the money exchange that follows naturally adds to your own.

When one adds no value through their work, the money brings with it the same level of stress. One colleague said, "I hate my job" and I know for a fact that when one hates her job, she does a bad job. To expect to be paid for a job badly or half-heartedly done, probably is the basis of the rumour that money is evil.

Money is an exchange for confidence

How much money can you make? It depends upon how much money you have the confidence to make. Confidence stems from ability. The more able you are, the more you have invested in your education and personal growth, the more confident you are of your work.

When people evade education and opportunities for growth, they not only lack confidence but also self-esteem. Money evades them and the lack of that creates bitterness towards it.

Money is a resource for wellbeing

The money you earn should ideally be exchanged for services that aid your own evolution and that add to the wellbeing of your family. Use money to buy happiness. Spend it in togetherness with your family, spend it in encouragement of your children's dreams, spend it to care for your parents.

When the money you earn does not serve you and your family's wellbeing, then its misuse gives money a bad name.

Using money for addictions, or investing it such that it causes you stress or spending it on devices that keep you distracted, stems from a frivolous attitude towards life. When money is used as a substitute for love and nurturing, misery is guaranteed.

Money brings opportunities for greatness

The broad purpose of mankind is to be creative and happy. And money is a resource for both. There is no greater joy than creation and there is no greater satisfaction than being a better person than you were yesterday. "What did you do with your money?" I asked a friend who had been saving for months.

"Nothing, it's in the bank" was his unenthusiastic answer. And then I have a friend who is taking flying lessons over the weekend after saving some money for the fee. He did not just look happy; he looked younger and overly energetic.

Use your money to expand your horizons. Use your money for creating new skills, exploring new ideas, taking some risks. The banks are doing exactly that with your money anyways, why can't you?

Money, like your thoughts, stems from your choices. Your choices define your character. A person, who has a shallow mind, will put money to shallower use. I know of people, people of great minds who use their money not only to serve them but also to serve the wellbeing of others.

When people use money for physical and spiritual abuse, it spells evil. When money traps you in its vicious cycle of slavery, it spells evil. Money is as evil as you think. Money is as spiritual as you put it to spiritual use for yourself and for others. Money is potential—like evil and divinity. Our choices define its existence.

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