I saw a post on Twitter the other day saying, “Why does it always come down to money?”
But the tweeter had a point. Because nearly everything in life eventually hinges on money and/or the lack thereof. Whether its a question of taking a vacation with the kids, remodeling or repairing your home, feeding your families, or putting gas in your car, it boils down to the almighty dollar.
It’s been said often enough, “Money makes the world go around.” Society and cultures all around the world revolve around a currency system of some kind. If its not paper and coin money or credit, then its a system of barter and trade. There is no free anything. Something of value is always taken from one source and given to another.
Unquestionably, the world and society as we know it does revolve around money (in one form or another).
I am reminded of the bible passage that says, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.”
Truth is that it is just as easy to develop an obsession with money from the absence of it, as it is from an excess. People who never have enough money always want more and think about what they would do if they had it. People with excessive amounts of money don’t want to be parted with it. With the exception of lottery winners and random acts of chance, most wealthy people became that way because they understand the real value of the dollar and are loathe to spend it.
They may nickel and dime the rest of us to death, but it explains how the real path to wealth is paved: through the appreciation for the value of saving and the willpower to do so.