Daily Stoic: The Truth About Money

“Let’s pass over to the really rich–how often the occasions they look just like the poor! When they travel abroad they must restrict their baggage, and when haste is necessary, they dismiss their entourage. And those who are in the army, how few of their possessions they get to keep…” ~ Seneca, On Consolation To Helvia, 12.1.b-2

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As the saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.” Of course money can be important as we need it to put a stable roof over our heads, and to have food and clothing. But when greed comes into play, that’s when things take a turn for the worst. Money doesn’t solve all our problems. No material possession does. We need to be healthy on the inside. Money won’t fix that in the long term. There are many rich people out there who are miserable, and make their families miserable. Money won’t fill up the emptiness. But, it could be useful if you have a good attitude, and you are able to help out the less fortunate, and spread positivity into the world. In the film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko said “Greed is good.” I think people forget that he was the villain in that movie. And [Spoiler Alert] he ended up in jail. Don’t be greedy!

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