Most people probably won’t realize money can’t buy everything for you such as Peace of Mind, Happiness, Health, Respect and so on. You have to achieve those things by some other way.
Money has been with us for more than ten thousand years. It hasbecome a vital element in our lives, to the point where without money,you can literally die.
Money was originally invented as a unit of account, a measurement tool, used to estimate the value of goods and possessions.
Before the invention of money, people used to trade quantifiablegoods they had an excess of, for other measurable things they could notharvest, make or grow. Trading was the only way people had to get access to vital resources, critical for their survival and protection, such as food, animals, tools, and fabrics, which they could not get otherwise.
As societies expanded, and trading transactions became less homogeneous and more complex, the trading system collapsed. This situation forced the need for a standard unit of measure, which could helphomogenize the value/cost of the heterogeneous goods being tradedbetween individuals or communities.
Ironically, thousands of years ago, people struggled toassign standard trading values to quantifiable stuff. Today people seemto struggle to distinguish between the value of things, and invaluablethings.
Our educational system, combined with our current socio-economicaldoctrines, has lead most people in this planet to see money as an object of cult, creating what some authors call the new “Money Culture”.
The beginning of a new year is a perfect time for reflection; anexcellent occasion to rearrange our priorities, and to set up new goals. A unique opportunity to make an introspective analysis of our realvalues, principles and beliefs.
The list below is a compilation of wise quotes and statements onthe top 10 things money can´t buy. I wish 2015 brings you and your loved ones a lot of:
# 1. Health
Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is soanxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the resultbeing that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” –Dalai Lama
# 2. Love
If you want to distinguish between those who love youunreservedly, and those who love your money, try losing all your money. – Jordi Alemany
# 3. Happiness
Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has, the moreone wants. – Benjamin Franklin
# 4. Integrity
To give real service you must add something which cannot bebought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. –Douglas Adams
# 5. Respect
Money is your means of survival. The verdict you pronounceupon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce uponyour life. If the source is corrupt, you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud? By pandering to men’s vices or men’sstupidity? By catering to fools, in the hope of getting more than yourability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despisefor purchasers you scorn? If so, then your money will not give you amoment’s or a penny’s worth of joy. Then all the things you buy willbecome, not a tribute to you, but a reproach; not an achievement, but areminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil. Evil, becauseit would not pinch-hit for your self-respect? Evil, because it would not let you enjoy your depravity? Is this the root of your hatred ofmoney?” – Ayn Rand
# 6. Peace of Mind
Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal rupturedrelationships, or build meaning into a life that has none. – Richard M.DeVos
# 7. Ethics
# 8. Education
Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity toempathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or otheranimals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should betraining in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, infact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’ – Neil deGrasse Tyson
# 9. Intelligence
Bottom line is, I didn’t return to Apple to make a fortune.I’ve been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, mynet worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn’t going tolet it ruin my life. There’s no way you could ever spend it all, and Idon’t view wealth as something that validates my intelligence. – SteveJobs
# 10. Spiritual enlightenment
Money can buy a house, but not a home. It can buy a bed, butnot sleep. It can buy a clock, but not time. It can buy a book, but notknowledge. It can buy blood, but not health, so you see; money is noteverything in life. – Unknown
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