You Can Love Money if You Respect Greed
Should you feel bad for loving money?
Here is my personal development blog; my current ambitions revolve around the concept of fire. While wandering about on the internet, I know fire as an acronym for “Financially Independent & Retired Early”. Mixcoatl, an Aztec god said to be the first to introduce fire to man, inspired the name for my blog.
Since I was young, I have loved money and never had much of it. If you’re a hard worker, you know that it is not enough to have money; it has to be money that you hustle to get. I have never really been comfortable asking for money; you feel more gratified when generating it.
I like to think that I can be a selfless person. But even I feel guilty for entertaining love for money; it is almost taboo in this society, despite its materialistic nature. But I have got to put my hands on my heart and say “yes”, I can be greedy. Greed and love for money go hand in hand; as you pursue your goal, you must ensure you do not get consumed by your desires.
What does Greedy Look like?
Greed is the desire to obtain something in excess; food, money, sex or admiration; the object of desire could be anything. From what I understand, greed manifests from negative experiences at a young age, coupled with low self-esteem, vulnerability, or anxiety, which lead an individual to fixate on a particular object of desire as a substitute for their deficiencies.
Low self-esteem and anxiety are feelings that motivate greed. Perhaps it is greed fuelled by your insecurities that encourages you to succeed? The older you get, the pressure to “do something with your life” keeps piling on; you have to find value or meaning in life. We all know that we race against death; we are under pressure to succeed in life before death comes.
Greed is at the centre of most modern and ancient societies, political systems designed to eliminate it usually do not end well. Our culture provides us with comfort or explanations to ease or liberate us from our fear of death. Our culture also encourages greed, which can make us hard to satisfy.
It is not all doom and gloom; greed can be healthy and can be good. From an evolutionary perspective, greed is a fantastic motivator for innovation. Greed does society a lot of good, so much that society can deteriorate into anarchy and poverty if we remove it. Eliminating greed is not within our best interest; it just needs to be contained to a level that is not harmful.
Greed can drive economies but will lead people to ruin if unregulated. It is a dangerous but essential state of mind for human survival; it is coated in a taboo-like stigma, so a person consumed by greed may hide it under a deceitful, crafty mask. Excessively Greedy people are envious and spiteful; they are prone to psychological states of exhaustion, anxiety and depression and may execute maladaptive behaviours from gambling to trickery or theft. Greed is not something you ought to be consumed by.
Is it Okay to be Motivated by Money?
The world we live in makes it necessary for us to have money. I do not believe in any intrinsic wrongs about loving money. Issues arise when you commit to acquiring or saving cash without considering the morality of the action. It is common to see lives or relationships ruined because of money. Dreams of wealth do not have to be associated with a toxic relationship with money.
Having a lot of money will give you access to higher quality services and larger quantities of goods. Your financial responsibilities grow more extensive as you get older. Most adults are under pressure to acquire money, and it can get toxic if you allow your expectations to run too high. Some people seek wealth to be admired, famous, have friends, or get away with things; it is here where I believe you start to go over the line of what you should expect wealth to bring.
You know the old saying, money can not buy happiness; it is misleading. Science indicates that both life satisfaction and well-being correlated positively with higher income. Do you secretly envy the life of the rich? Would you also say you are motivated by a fear of absolute poverty?
Money motivated me to study hard in school, pursue self-employment, and allocate my financial resources responsibly. Love for money can manifest as behaviours of frugality and personal investment rather than reckless spending.
Society makes you feel guilty for loving money or having a lot of it, hence why many individuals practise stealth wealth. The act of acquiring more money will allow you to help the people you care about and free up more time so you can reach into more creative ventures.
It is easier to capitalize on business opportunities when you have a lot of money at your disposal. You would be capable of producing higher-quality goods or providing better quality services. It is easy to only focus on the material/superficial benefits of being wealthy, but you can not forget about experiences. I want to travel the world doing random stuff like gorilla watching or sky diving; these things cost money.
Money embodies our material desires making it easy to disregard love, honesty, and integrity. Differences between people breed violence, whether it is the things we own, do, or look like. Research shows that an area’s financial makeup makes for a reliable gauge of how safe said place might be. Income inequality eventually breeds distrust and social tension within a community. It also means that even if nobody within a community is “poor”, harmful behaviours can still be motivated by income inequality.
I’m greedy and money motivated, and in my opinion, both of these traits have positive influences on my life. To see what will come of it all, I need to keep walking on my journey whilst working hard and smart.