Make Money Your God And It Will Plague You Like the Devil – Henry Fielding
“Make money your god, and it will plague you like the devil.”
– Henry Fielding
We are all capable of turning our desires into passions, and depending on the values we hold dear, they can be healthy: family, love, career fulfillment, new worldly experiences, inner peace. However, many people throw their passion into things that will utterly destroy them. Money is one of those things. Money, in and of itself, is an arbitrary accumulation of numbers, like the score ticker on a never-ending game of hockey – in a hypothetical game, it would take about 6 overtime periods for the crowd to turn from excited anticipation to boredom to fury; by the 7th, people are getting ready to set fire to the stadium. Except, at the end of a game of Money, there’s no winner, only the crushing realization that a life has been wasted on an endless pursuit of something which holds no intrinsic value outside of what it represents (what it represents only goes so far: family comfort, amenable living quarters, access to new experiences, influence, negligible respect). Instead, chase organic pursuits, follow your heart, be kind to others, and make love your center of influence.