Is money more important than happiness?

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After having read the basics about money in my last post  Money is a good servant, but a bad master, I would like you to take a moment and think about todays situation. Why is that we feel that money is very important. Even when we are growing up, money seems to be very important in life so we always have the desire to have money and to save it if possible for the times when we can spend it for our various needs. But what do we do at times, we become so obsessed with money that we start loving it and try to save even a single penny and avoid spending on ourselves. So either we are on the other side – extravagant or we are too cautious to spend it at all. If any of us have seen financial crisis while growing up or have gone through such times at any point of our lives we start taking money as a source of happiness and security. No matter it does make us secure financially but to some point. As after that we need to be able to spend it on our requirement to grow every now and then. I have been one of those people I guess who have given too much importance to money, not that I start mistreating people or something but when it used to came to myself I would hardly spend any money. It is from last two years that I realised that it’s my money and it’s OK to spend it on myself or to fulfil my needs and desires through it if needed.
It struck me today that I am on the path of being free from the fears as part of my bucket list for the year, but then I also realised I am not free at all. I do have my own attachments and one of them is money. There have been such times that I avoided having food when I am travelling to stay on budget. And I am sure everyone has gone through this at least once when we feel like it’s better to save money for something better than using it for some immediate needs. I am on a mission to find everything about being happy so this is also one of my concerns. This doesn’t mean that we need to go to 5 start hotel everyday to have the best meal, but it does mean that doing small acts like saving a meal at times can also make us fall in love with the attachment of money and start trading our needs in terms of money.
I have been trying to imagine a world without money. Wired right, but then I was thinking about the original purpose of money as well. Why we invented this tool – to fulfil our needs. Right, and what are we doing with it? Accumulating a lot of times. People coming from rich background might not understand it fully that there are emotions attached to money at times. What happens when we start storing it for endless future – people who are not able to earn enough go through poverty. How would be life when there is a balance in terms of money? Don’t you think people would be happier? Did we invent money thinking that there might be people who are buying aeroplanes and on the other end there are people who don’t even have enough food for a meal or shelter for shade? Was this the purpose of money that our immediate family is only the owner of our stored money whereas some of the people around the world are starving to death? How did we let this happen? We didn’t want this did we? That money – piece of paper will become more important than life. How is this fair to mankind that we start trading people for money and selling ourselves for money? Didn’t we devise this tool to make it easier to exchange daily good and food and not to make nuclear bombs? Haven’t we have been spreading unhappiness by creating lack of money in certain countries or areas?
As I am writing this my heart is crying thinking about those new born babies who have to see poverty growing up and who will come to learn that we humans have made money everything and they are nothing without it. My soul is feeling so cramped with this notion that we have limited the natural happiness that is universal and unlimited by our own invention called money. I can’t make people happy today as all they think is if they have money then they can be happy. I can’t bring smile on every face today as they haven’t eaten for few days without money. Why things can’t be simple and we can use the things given to us by nature to feed ourselves and grow rich spiritually. God or whoever made this universe didn’t put a price tag on anything but we did. Everything in universe is really free to survive and live but we are selling even water. We love to own things and trade it later whether it’s land, water or even forests. How can I bring people close to themselves when they are lost in this vicious circle? Share your thoughts on this.

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Eurovision 2013

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Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest expressing her victory in 2013 Eurovision Song Contest [Source: http://www.smh.com.au ]

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual singing competition held among many of the active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally, Eurovision has also been broadcast outside Europe to such places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela despite the fact that they do not compete. [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest]

The performance was watched by an estimated international audience of 120 million this year. Here are some pics from the event.

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Full results for 2013:

  1. Denmark: Emmelie de Forest, Only Teardrops – 281 points
  2. Azerbaijan: Farid Mammadov, Hold Me – 234 points
  3. Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich, Gravity – 214 points
  4. Norway: Margaret Berger, I Feed You My Love – 191 points
  5. Russia: Dina Garipova, What If – 174 points
  6. Greece: Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis, Alcohol Is Free – 152 points
  7. Italy: Marco Mengoni, L’Essenziale – 126 points
  8. Malta: Gianluca, Tomorrow – 120 points
  9. Netherlands: Anouk, Birds – 114 points
  10. Hungary: ByeAlex, Kedvesem – 84 points
  11. Moldova: Aliona Moon, O mie – 71 points
  12. Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa, Love Kills – 71 points
  13. Romania: Cezar, It’s My Life – 65 points
  14. Sweden: Robin Stjernberg, You – 62 points
  15. Georgia: Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani, Waterfall – 50 points
  16. Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya, Solayoh – 48 points
  17. Iceland: Eythor Ingi, Eg a lif – 47 points
  18. Armenia: Dorians, Lonely Planet – 41 points
  19. UK: Bonnie Tyler, Believe In Me – 23 points
  20. Estonia: Birgit, Et uus saaks alguse – 19 points
  21. Germany: Cascada, Glorious – 18 points
  22. Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis, Something – 17 points
  23. France: Amandine Bourgeois, L’enfer et moi – 14 points
  24. Finland: Krista Siegfrids, Marry Me – 13 points
  25. Spain: ESDM, Contigo hasta el final – 8 points
  26. Ireland: Ryan Dolan, Only Love Survives – 5 points

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/eurovision-2013-results-bonnie-tyler-1897827

Link to the site for Eurovision: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/timeline