This week I had the pleasure of contributing to We’re All Poor Here’s weekly Twitter Q&A segment about What do you love and what do you hate most about money?
And while you’re at it, think about what you love and what you hate the most about money. I love what a powerful resource money is, but I hate that our consumerist culture is running rampant with exploitation, and greed at the expense of others.
Money in and of itself is powerless. Has anyone seen this painting by René Magritte before?
It’s a pipe, right? But it’s not a pipe. It’s the visual conceptualization of a pipe that invokes all the realities of a pipe in our minds, when we see it. Money is the same way. There’re so many abstract concepts that are associated with money, and there are thousands of ways that people are trying to separate you from it.
But you have the power. You have the ability to make money whatever you want. You can buy into the manipulative advertising and believe that money’s just there for you to spend in order to gain some commercialized, unrealistic ideal. OR you can treat your money as a resource for YOUR best interests, to reach the goals that are important to you.
I’m a huge proponent of being honest with yourself about what you need, what you want, and how to get it. If you want to have a pipe, then go out and get the real thing. Don’t settle for a picture, and please please please don’t get one just because advertisers say it’s cool and you should have one.