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Ghina Zand Alhadid

Student of Biochemistry, molecular biology and psychology, Participatory Culture Foundation

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What Are the Ethics of Spending OUR Money? Are we Dependent on it?

Why isn't education attaining its goals? Why people are not taking care of their health? Why people are not creative enough? Why can't we discover the "next big thing" that will save the world? Why are anxiety levels increasing significantly in the society?... etc.

Or on a personal level, why am I unmotivated? Why am I uncomfortable? Why am I unhappy? Why do I find so much difficulties in life?... etc.

Our answer almost always includes: because of the lack of funding, no enough money.

So we look for ways to gain more money, we almost make it the aim of our lives. In a seminar that was held at my college for researchers, the speaker asked the people present, "Why are you pursuing your career in researching and science?" And almost everyone's answer was to have a better status, a better job, promotions... etc.!

We do own money indeed! We can spend it! BUT do we own the Earth's resources? Is it okay to spend money? On a small scale and a large scale?

I have been thinking for a while about this topic, about the rightness of spending our own money. About consuming the Earth's resources. We all spend money to buy things that we don't need, or things we need but can manage to do all right without them. Do you think we need to have more self regulation? To exert MORE EFFORT to substitute money? To take the TIME to think about alternatives?

Will consuming Earth's resources help us be more creative? Help our children understand better? Help people take care of their health? Is it money what we really need to help people? How much money do we need to make humanity happy?

My point is that I see people thinking that money is the magical thing that if we owned, everything is gonna be all great. It almost became a culture! You want to live better? Own more money!

And I see that we are missing out the point that money is not magical, it equals consuming the earth. Can we OWN the earth and do whatever we want with it? Do we realize what money is? How can we use it then?

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    Gail . 50+

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    Mar 6 2013: No, most people do not know what money is. They don't care that they don't know.

    Lack of money is not why you are unmovotivated. (check out this TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html )

    It's hard to be motivated to do what society wants you to do if society wants you to plunder and destroy your own nest - and your self-esteem in the process.

    It's also very isolating to perceive what you perceive in a world that perceives you as an enemy not to be trusted or believed. I can only say that you are not alone. There are many of us.
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      Mar 15 2013: Thank you for your warm words. You are not alone either. I don't think much of how the world perceives me, it does not effect me what "they" see. It is their own matter :)

      I just think that money is overrated. It is given more value than what it really can do.

      Agree with what you said about the society. I believe we need more empathy to encourage people to give more. I give more when I love the society, not to avoid the shame!

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