DRAWING FROM THE NIGERIAN PERSPECTIVE, IS MONEY A GOOD SERVANT OR A BAD MASTER.


In our everyday life, money seems to be a necessary element. Without money, we cannot do anything. The utility of money is enormous and powerful and the proverb is actually “Money is a good friend but also is a bad master“. I will try to prove the truth of this proverb and its certainty.

Everyone has to work hard to earn for his living. Each one provides a service and gets revenue in return. This is how it works in the society today. With his/her income, s/he pays his/her basic need such as the rent, the food, the transportation and the clothing. We need the money to survive and to sustain our everyday life. Without money, we have to spend our night time on the street, wear the second handed clothing, eat the food found in the garbage bin and walk to the destination. We will become a beggar living on the street and have a miserable life. Therefore, each one has to work to earn the money to sustain their life.

Second, money can give a person the power of consummation. With the revenue, one can purchase a car for better convenience. S/he can go to fancy restaurant with his girlfriend. S/he can live in a bigger house for comfort. S/he can dress up in a beautiful suit for appearance. The person can improve his/her life by spending money he earns and has more diversity in his life. Money brings human being happiness, satisfies one’s secondary needs and gives a person the power of consummation.

Third, money is a good solution for problems. When one encounters a problem, for example, s/he lost his power supply for his laptop. Then, s/he can go to the computer store and buy a new one. S/he can solve his problem by spending money in the fastest and most way instead of borrowing one from his friend or spending a whole day to find it.
No doubt, Money is an essential, almost indispensable article in the present day world. It is the’ money’ through which we can purchase all the necessary comforts and amenities of life. If you have money, you can obtain what seems impossible to others. It is the money which gives man, confidence, creditworthiness, credentials, capacity, capabilities and courage. In present day materialistic world, money has become very powerful. In the present day corruption, cut throat competition, callous degradation of moral and ethical values, are for the sake of grabbing and accumulating more and more money. The prestige, respect, social status, commanded by a person is calculated per his monetary status.
Time has gone, when we valued a person in evaluated of his moral and ethical values. People were earlier known for keeping their words, for donating every thing to a done. Now people are know in terms of their ranking in the list of rich of the world. Money has become the centre of all activities. Money and muscle power have become essential ingredients of a successful political leader.
Money is regarded as omnipotent by a few people, particularly by the poor. As whatever one does not possess, one aspires it badly, and it becomes mono aim of achievement. For the rich, that owe lots of money, still craving to earn more and more, by hook or by crook, with fair or foul means, without caring even for their own health, own family. They are the servants of money, earning money not for the sake of themselves but for the sake of money and a time comes they find themselves unable to use the money for their happiness. They are unable to eat, unable to taste the most delicious dish, unable to move, walk or enjoy because they suffer from many diseases which are the result of their undue craving for wealth at the cost of health. Can one purchase anything with the power of money?
No, one cannot. You cannot purchase inner satisfaction with money, you cannot purchase the lost youthfulness with money, and you cannot purchase time from the death at any cost.
Those who earn money simply to a have more money, more balance in their accounts is no better than the proverbial miser king ‘Midas’. Excessive love for money, make a man slave of money. Money is important for our life, but it is not the most important thing for a human being. Those who use money for fulfilling their necessities, acquiring reasonable comforts and for the welfare of a common good, are the masters of money. But those who earn money just for the sake of increasing its volume and number are slaves of the money. They are the most unfortunate creatures of God who know well that whatever money they are earning, can’t be taken an iota of that when they die even they are minting more and more money. What a paradox Money has become their master and they are just slaves, having no peace of mind, no moral and ethical values, no inner satisfaction.
So it is rightly said that money is a good servant but a bad master. Let us use the money for our comfort, not for the sake of money, minting more and more money.

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