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November 1, 2007

the point of money

Filed under: Uncategorized — plonkee @ 7:55 pm

I was listening to Thought for the Day earlier this week. For those that aren’t familiar with BBC Radio 4, it’s a quasi-religious moment just before 8 o’clock in the morning. I’m guessing that it’s aimed at an intelligent multi-faith audience and it provides a refreshing pause to the morning. Anyway, this particular instalment was by Indarjit Singh, who as you might guess is Sikh and his thought was “A narrow pursuit of profit distorts and skews life.”

One of the things that really caught my attention was a statement to the effect that, the point of money is to help other people with it. This was illustrated with examples from the life of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Now, I try to be a good person, but I can’t honestly say that is the point of my money. In truth, the point of my money seems to be to feed, clothe and entertain me, to help create my future, and to help other people. It’s mostly me, me, me.

Am I selfish, or normal, or both? 

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