A never ending cash flow maybe would be satisfying and could make us happy. But money doesn’t come easy. You have to spend a lot of time earning it, by doing something dull, or even if not, the time is wasted. Living in a materialistic society makes us work hard with too little free time, therefore we are prone to some illnesses, physical as well as mental. The level of satisfaction with life is low,if we don’t have time for ourselves. Taking part in a rat race gives no meaning to life. We must have time to evolve and for our hobbies. Long working hours don’t let us concentrate on all aspects of life, to live life to the fullest.
Buddhism is an old philosophy, which teaches that “suffering ends when craving ends”. So, the less we need and want,the happier we are. It concentrates on the more important matters in life, like humanity, love, the spiritual aspects of our life etc. There is some reason for this philosophy being so popular especially in western cultures. Our capitalistic society has a totally different outlook on life and other values (if any). Some who notice the negative side of society, modern civilization and technological development, have a need to free themselves of this kind of money and time prison, and turn to unconventional methods and lifestyles.
“DO LIKE STEVE JOBS DID: DON’T FOLLOW YOUR PASSION”
This article shows how hypocritical Steve Jobs was by saying “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle.He was just on a way of spiritual enlightenment at a Zen Center,when he realized he could make good money off of his friend’s idea.Suddenly his enlightenment(what he did for free,so it must have made him happy) stopped being necessary,as soon as he started to benefit financially off of this.So,when large sums of money are involved,some can sacrifice everything for them.I don’t want to be negative,but let’s remember how and at what age Job’s life ended,wasn’t really a happy ending,didn’t even get to use that money properly.However,even if he lived to be old,that’s not a great time to use money as well,when you’re weak,sick and tired.
Job’s motto,doesn’t really include basic jobs,which are very important,but not lovable or fun.We need all kinds of professions,and there shouldn’t be such a financial hierarchy.Actually,physical jobs should be paid a lot,as they’re very important and not so fun.Another aspect is,if you love what you do,don’t do it for money.Some people actually would be less motivated after a while,if what they love to do became an obligation.We need a passion after work.Or we need fewer hours of work,to enjoy life,which is another thing.If I would love to play video games,and I got paid to do it 8 hours per day,5 days a week,wouldn’t I get sick of it?Such an amount of work on some specific thing,doesn’t allow us to develop ourselves completely,just in one direction.After work we have so little time,that we can’t dedicate ourselves to anything else completely.
It’s hard for me to say which values should be more important for happiness than money, but any higher(at least in some way)values cannot be maintained if we’re thinking about earning money, paying the bills, buying material things etc. Of course money is needed, but you never know when the need can overwhelm us and if we don’t control ourselves, our needs will become whims or suck humanity out of us.And this article-“Happiness Comes from Giving, Not Buying and Having”
-shows the opposite.Giving away money and spending time on helping people,makes us happier than earning money.
Deficiency actually,sometimes may lead to boosted creativity. For example, in the past, when there wasn’t such a variety of toys in the shops, children had to make their own toys or think of games to play. This automatically enhanced their imagination. People before used to spend time by having meaningful conversations,creating games and activities,now they mostly use technology or stimulants when with people.So having less may be helpful.Creativity doesn’t have to bring in more money,but just by different forms of activity,communication,ways of spending your time not depending only on money,we can benefit from this.
Therefore, money itself may not be the problem here, but the way we come to achieve it. I have no easy way out for people in general, I know what some may do to run away from this kind of life trap. But it’s not a solution for all, because society must function somehow, and if we can’t change it, there have to be people to work for it.If all people earned enough for a comfortable life for less than 40 hours per week,the world could actually be civilized.I don’t understand why that hasn’t happened yet.All economies are different,yet the time of work is more or less the same.What I want to do in life is treat myself,people I love,my hobbies as priorities and work as a mean to have time for these aspects.As I am low-maintenance with few needs and much flexibility,I don’t mind having not a fun job for some time to save money, and have time for what I want.With a retirement account,I can be secure for old age,health insurance can protect me to be safe and that’s all I need.I like to enjoy life and the simple things too much,to be obsessed with money and work.My passion can become at some point my job,as long as it’s not my whole world.We need higher values to appreciate life,and to have them,we need time for development,and I mean the real development,not just the professional one to get more money.I think even if I were a millionaire,I still would want to live like this.My goal isn’t to stop working.Even the not so fun jobs can be positive,as long as they’re temporary.People need some structure in life,but from time to time.So,it’s not that I’m lazy and don’t like the idea of work.I just want to work enough for my own entertainment of doing something and getting an income for a life full of simple pleasures,time being most important,not money.