There's a common misconception about money, and it seems that these days everybody is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. The idea of money is what motivates people to get up and go throughout their day. Why is it that a green piece of paper has so much control over our lives?
First off, let's make it clear what we're talking about. The truth is people don't care for money. A green little paper is worthless to our existence. What people are after is the idea of money. It's the idea of what money can bring them, and the value it holds for future potential. It's the perception of what the green little paper can do for us, not the paper itself. That's the true power to its control: it lies within how people view it in their minds.
But why are we controlled by it so much?
We have to dive deeper into our brain, and understand how it works so see how money affects it. Simply put, it's our survival instincts at play here. Back when survival was a common thought amongst humans, we always had to be on top to survive, to be on top of our food chain in order to continue living and reproduce our genetics.
Us humans became good at survival, and we naturally do things to make it easier for us. For example, instead of hunting and gathering for our food, we developed the concept of agriculture. Agriculture allowed us to grow crops for continuous certainty of our survival. Essentially, we built our shelters around the crops, eventually made rules for how we were to live, and thus began the evolution of society. Escaping the need of a wild ecosystem for our survival, we ended up making our own ecosystem within ourselves. Over a huge amount of time, that human ecosystem grew and grew, and our brains became more accustomed to it as well. We created our own little world within the actual world itself.
That competitive nature of survival is still ingrained in the core functionality of our brains. We just no longer need to hunt for food, so it became survival amongst ourselves. That idea of being on top of the food chain still persists, and with more tools we invented to further aid our survival came the concept of money. Rather than bartering (trade this for that), you held a piece of value that could then be easily transported from person to person. It's simply a trade in value, and the more you have on your end means the more you can trade for on the other end.
So with that idea, came the concept of its power: the more money you had, the more you can do wit it. In our mind's, we equate money for power because of what it can do for us.
However, the concept of power isn't necessarily a good one. It's a negative concept. When you want more, it is because you are unhappy with where you are now. Philosopher Alan Watt's declares this as the "backwards law": the idea that the more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less happy you become, as pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place. The more you want to be rich, the more poor and unworthy you make yourself feel. This concept lies for all things: beauty, love, enlightenment, etc.
We belittle ourselves in our own mind's. We attack ourselves because our brain just
cares about survival. So it must make you feel inadequate, so you can feel the necessity of wanting to improve. I believe the real path to improvement doesn't start with making yourself feel negative.
I believe it is not us that makes us feel in these ways. It's the wiring of our brains, designed for something else in which we do not exist in anymore.
Without fixing the root of the problem, which is to learn to be happy where you are, you will always feel broke. It's our human nature to want to improve and to be better. You must go against the grain, and allow yourself to feel comfortable. You must allow yourself to accept.
The truth of the matter is that we chase money not because we want to be rich, but rather the idea that it can heal our insecurities.
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