We are all familiar with the belief that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” But what if we changed the narrative and saw the root of money as a conduit for love?
On one level money is an exchange of value. It’s how much we are willing to pay for something we want. On another level, money also stands for security, power, and adventure.
Can money be used as an exchange for what we all want and value? Integrity, community, mutual respect, and safety for our families?
Can money also stand for love? Almost sounds sacrilege. But let’s examine it. To begin: what is love?
The online dictionary describes love as “an intense feeling of deep affection.” As a verb, love is “to like or enjoy very much.”
Can money be used to spread this intense feeling? Can it be used to express what we like or enjoy very much? Money can also be used to show care to another. That could be a community, a person, and even a cause.
Can money be used as a conduit to preserve these values? Evidence shows us it can.
Here is How Money Is A Conduit For Love.
If we use our money right, we can use it for what we like or enjoy and we can use it to express feelings of deep affection.
Money buys us time so we can spend it on people and activities we love.
Research shows that money used to buy material things produce less satisfaction than money spent to free up our time. In this study 60, working adults received $40 to spend on hiring a cleaner.
On another weekend, those same individuals got another $40 to purchase something material. Buying time led people to experience more positive moods and reduced their feelings of time pressure. What better way to show love than your presence?
It would appear that using money to free up time so we can spend it with people we love brings about more love.
Money buys things for the people we love.
We get pleasure from spending money on the people we love.
Money spent to help others makes us feel better.
When people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect. This was discovered in a 2006 study by Jorge Moll and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health.
They found that when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect. The “helper’s high” shows us that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing positive feelings.
Money And the Collective Consciousness.
Money allows us to voice what we value. The explosive growth in ethical and socially responsible investments is a testament to the fact that the collective voice is speaking loud and clear. Investors care about the impact their money has on this world. That money be used in alignment with what we care about — the health and safety of our communities, corporate transparency, and fairness.
People are demanding greater accountability from the corporations they are willing to invest in. In this way money is a conduit for love. If we define love as a verb then love is to care for the well-being of someone other ourselves.
Money is also an effective vehicle to advance the cause of something greater than ourselves.
Whether it be opening a school for disadvantaged children to providing vaccines to poorer countries.
Are rich people different from the rest of us? Do people with money have more character flaws? The media is quick to report on the flaws and foibles of famous people. Many famous people also happen to be wealthy. It is no wonder there is a bias that somehow people with money have more character flaws than the average person.
Changing the narrative about money and wealth.
Money is not inherently bad. It’s merely paper. Money is the meaning we ascribe to it. And that meaning could be anything we choose. Greed, security, power, and even love.
What if we chose to see money as a conduit for love? That money allows us more opportunities to experience and spread love — from the experiences we are able to buy and share with those we love.
We don’t need money to experience or share love, but we can use our money for the causes we love and the people we love. And we can use it to demonstrate love.
As a child, I would accompany my dad as he would bring countless boxes of groceries to poor families. I will never forget the happiness in these people’s eyes at seeing him show up at the door. And the joy my dad felt at delivering these groceries. As a child, it was evident to me that love is sharing. Love is mutually satisfying. And that money can be a conduit for love.
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