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Money Lust

             There is nothing else quite like it. While money can clearly feed the best parts of the human experience, obviously, this is not always the case. Just what is it about this stuff that we call "money"? In all appearances, we can't live with it. It is unpleasant, demanding, tempting and irritating. Nevertheless, without a shade of a doubt, we can't live without it. It is pleasurable, indulgent, necessary and soothing. Whatever its range, money has become an essential aspect of our modern world. Money seems embedded in the fabric of our very being; affecting our personal and cultural lives. We can't run; we can't hide. Wherever we are, money finds us and demands our attention. It is everywhere. It impacts everything. .
             Everyone desires to make money in any imaginable way to gain some status, .
             some comfort and some luxury. However, material things do not necessarily bring one happiness. This is a fact of life. It is a hard fact to understand sometimes, especially in a society that tries very hard to teach one otherwise. It is very common to get into a mode where one thinks, "If only I had this, my life would be perfect and I would be happy." Everyone really wants something: a new TV, a new car, a special pair of shoes, etc. Then they buy it and they love having it for a few days. But over time they get bored or it wears out. They can see this pattern repeated constantly in their life. For example, their parents and grandparents likely spent thousands and thousands of dollars on toys for them as they were growing up: Dump trucks, Barbie dolls, video games and electric cars and on and on and on. All of those toys got boring or broken or outgrown eventually. They brought happiness for a moment or a week, but over time they became worthless and their desires turned to a new object. .
             However, no philosopher in his/her writings has ever mentioned money as being the root of happiness. Does any dictionary ever explain money to be a synonym of happiness? Which mathematician has ever set a formula: LIFE + MONEY = HAPPINESS? Happiness, however, is not actually leading a luxurious life but rather the luxury of living a life.

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