15 Money

The subject of money and what has monetary value deserves special attention.

The possession and the lack of money create today the thousand and one conditions through which the ways of destiny lead. Independence, servitude, fatigue, checks on development, choice of associates, power, opportunity, duty, most of the innumerable predetermined aspects of life in the world, are related to money.

Everybody needs money. It is proper that everybody should have some. Indeed one of the tests of a good government is that all people under it should have the opportunity to earn enough for food, clothes and shelter. Beyond these needs some wants are justifiable according to the position a man holds in the world. If one has no wife or children, less is needed.

But the thoughts of man go beyond and demand not only what would be sufficient for their needs and reasonable wants. They want money for luxury and display, for power over others, and some want money for money's sake. However much they may have, they still want more.

Often money, after it has been acquired, has little value. It will not buy health, honor, self-respect; it cannot buy love nor life; nor independence, ease or knowledge.

True independence is what money should help to bring, and little money is enough for that.

Though independence varies with one's position and work in the world, little money is needed to establish it.

Cares, troubles and intrigues surround those who desire more than enough. Money does not enlarge the range of independence.

Happiness within and assurance without is what all men want, but life never gives them. The nearest approach is independence, however modest it be.

Money is one of the smallest requirements. The less one needs and the less he wants from the money god, the more independent that one is.

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