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Money:Slave or Master?

(2008-03-03 15:54:22)
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Money: Slave or Master?

No one would argue, I suppose, against the fact that money is necessary. Without money, even a hero will be driven against the wall. In a way or to a certain extent, money is the source of all happiness, material happiness at least. There are certain things that we need: food, housing , clothing, medical care and other basic necessities, all of these things cost money. If we want to get a little pleasure out of life or a little fun from time to time, we have to pay some money. If we want to buy a big house, a private car, or just have a holiday by the sea, we’ll have to be rich by our standards.

While we are in a market economy, people can buy whatever they enjoy and do whatever they like to do.  Many people appear to be hungry for money. They bow to it.  They scramble for it.  Some of them even sell their souls for it or risk their lives in the pursuit of it.  Money is firmly in control of man.  The relationship between man and money has been reversed.  Money   talks, man listens.   

Then, is money the key to happiness?

 Not really!

Why? Because money is not everything. In other words, with money we can have a very comfortable life. However, it must be pointed out that there are still a lot of things that can not be bought with money. For example, pleasure in spirit, sincere friendship, true love,ability and intelligence. These things are all invaluable and can never be measured by wealth. Even if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, it doesn’t follow that you are intelligent or you will be happy all through your life. Even if you have accumulated heaps of money, it is still not enough to make you a happy person if you have no one to laugh with, or no one to cry for. 

However, we couldn’t go to the other extreme that money is the root of all evil. Money itself is neither good nor bad. It is just a tool of society

So in my opinion, the uses of money are beyond comprehension. But, we must bear in mind that money has only as much value as we give it.  In the pursuit of money, we must keep our sense of honor and we must be careful not to let money corrupt us. Perhaps we should always remember the saying: money is the best slave but the worst master.

 

钱: 奴仆还是主子

 

我以为没人会否认这样一个事实,钱是有用的。一分钱也能难倒英雄汉。从某一方面或一定程度来讲,钱是幸福之源,至少在物质方面是如此。我们需要衣食住行医疗以及其它生活必需品,所有这些东西都要花钱。如果你想不时地从生活中得到一些享受,也得付钱。如果你想买大房子,买车或者到海边度个假,那么,以我们的生活标准你还得是个富人。

现在我们处于市场经济,人们用钱可以买到很多东西,做很多事情。许多人就表现出对钱的渴望。为了钱, 他们或卑躬屈膝,或强取豪夺;为了钱,有些人甚至出卖自己的灵魂或者置生命于不顾。 这些人已经被钱牢牢地控制了。人与钱之间的关系已经完全颠倒了。钱说了算,人俯首听命。

那么,钱是通往幸福之门的金钥匙吗?

未必!

为什么?因为钱不是万能的。有了钱,我们可以过得很舒坦,但是我们必须知道有很多东西不是钱能买来的。例如:精神上的愉悦,真挚的友情,真挚的爱情,过人的才能和智慧,所有这些都是无价的,是不能用金钱来衡量的。即便你生于富贵之家,并不意味着你天资聪颖或者你一生都是幸福的。即便你积累了很多财富,但没有真情挚友,你也不会是真正幸福的。

    然而,我们也不能走向另一个极端,即:钱是万恶之源。钱本身不好也不坏,它只是社会的工具。

因此在我看来,钱的用途不是一言一蔽之的。但是我们必须记住,钱的价值是人赋予的,在挣钱逐利时,我们一定要有尊严,要小心不让它毁掉我们。也许,我们最好记住这句老话:钱,可为奴,不可为主。

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