“Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.”
– Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg, once described by Lyndon B. Johnson as “more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America”, grew up working across all different landscapes of the country: he was a bricklayer and farm hand on Kansas wheatfields, a hotel servant in Denver, a coal-heaver in Omaha, a secretary to a socialist mayor in Milwaukee.
He went to war during the Spanish-American War. Money sometimes followed him, and sometimes it did not, but it afforded him a comfortable later life as a celebrated writer and novelist. For individuals like Sandburg, who understand hard labour, war, politics and history, money can be a solution to all things as well as a means of corruption.
This is why it’s important to tread carefully when it comes to navigating one’s finances.