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The Most Abused Thought — If I Had Much Money…

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The Most Abused Thought — If I Had Much Money…

Money as anything marked as a legal tender suitable for the exchange of goods and services really came to erase the then barter trade which existed. To me, I feel money and measuring or weighing scales are the best “inventions” the world has been blessed with because they banished unresolved cheating which occasioned the barter system. Just imagine how it felt to send salt for a piece of cloth? Where was the fairness then?

On a second thought, money is just the best thing for self motivation because its presence in your pocket, on your phone or in your bank statements makes you feel on top of the world! In other words, money could be said to be blood/ air that propels our existence on earth. Without it, our self dignity and respect from immediate and extended families are thrashed.

Anytime there is the extreme need for financial presence, the only thing that comes to mind is “if I had enough money…”

Nothing like surprise met my being when I heard of a Saudi Prince’s recent ordeal about how he had moved his hand after been in coma for the last 15 years. This brings the topic about whether MONEY can buy life or not back to our faces. Technically and clearly, the presence of wealth has contributed to whatever little life the Saudi Prince has left. Could this same issue be said if an ordinary person had fallen into coma for 15 years? Wouldn’t such a broke person be shoved under the morgue stands?

For the fact that health of ailing persons can be extended with currency, we might as well say money prolongs life even if it does not buy it or whatever we want to put it (some even argue vehemently that money buys life contrary to what others claim).

“If I had money”… has become one of the most abused sayings over a period now. There are obviously so many things up our sleeves money can help us grasp only if we had enough to at least settle 50% of it for our own comfort at any given time.

The situation at hand now has paved way for extreme hardcore mindsets all over the place. To come by genuine financial assistance without any conditions attached now is just a thing of the past. No matter how people seem to be closer within our circles, the zeal to help without attaching any conditionality has somewhat diminished.

When was the last time someone decided to help you without asking unnecessary questions and asking for when and how you intended to pay back? Well, is it even their fault at all? Past experience seems to be tutoring people on how to be extra careful when dealing financially with others. In Ghana, in order to keep your friendship forever, never exchange money between yourselves. I’m not suggesting that you never help friends or families but do so without attaching so much emotions to it because “it will surely end in tears”. But all these insinuations wouldn’t matter if there was enough money for all and sundry.

Reading many financial booklets has taught me that money is a spirit which chooses who to be with at a particular time and when to leave (not sure whether factual or not). If this is anything to go by then we may as well start chasing the spirit ourselves!

But, would we ever catch up with the spirit of money whilst it is already in bed with the likes of Bill Gates, Donald J. Trump and others?

What would be your priority if you had enough money? Share your thoughts with me!

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C. A. Asante is a teacher (Village Teacher) by profession who has reported on a number of elections in Ghana for Central Press Newspaper. He is known among his peers as a researcher and regular contributor in Education, Politics, etc. Follow : Instagram- @ chris_asante1...Facebook: CA Asante

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