Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Prosperity

Posted by Dawn at Tuesday, February 16, 2010
During the CNY season as I was going to different places for visitations, I also spent a great deal in the car since we get to travel a lot. I overheard Brian Richmond in Gold 90.5 FM radio station wishing all listeners "Peace and Joy to all of you, but most importantly, prosperity.."

I was quite puzzled as to why he said all those..How could he place having prosperity above having peace and joy? Is money all that important? Can money put all wars to an end and create happiness in people?

If money could do all that, then we wouldnt have wars. If money could give us joy, then why are the rich and famous suffering from depression and having to end up committing suicide?

But that is exactly what is happening- people love money. You can find lots of people queuing up to buy 4D, toto whenever there is a big draw and as they claim, they just want to try their luck.

In a recent article in the Straits Times where they featured how many sweepstakes winners all over the world ending up either killed or having to settle some court case as their loved ones will fight over with them over the money etc. Is it worth it? I feel if I were to win so much money, I would live in fear, rather than be happy and peaceful.

There was this wonderful book which I read recently entitled "Fearless" by Max Lucado which touched on money in one chapter. He was saying that "money is an untrustworthy foundation". The United States economy endured ten recessions between 1948 and 2001, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars. Every 5 years or so, the economy dumps its suitors and starts over. What would you think of a man who did the same with women? What word would you describe a husband who philandered his way through 9 different wives over fifty years? And what word would you use to describe wife number ten? Fool?

So isnt it the same with money? Those who trust money are foolish. They are just setting themselves up to be duped and dumped into a dystopia of unhappiness.

Another perspective that I learnt from this book was on how he sees this world as a game of monopoly. No matter how much money we earn in this world or how much properties we have or how big our house is, it will all go back in the box when the game is over.

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