Money, what a beautiful thing? Ugly as well. Ugly??? I got to be kidding. No. It is not just Ugly, but it is the mother of all evils. I may sound philosophical. What good it is being philosophical if there is no rationale behind your words? My view is completely rational as well. How?
The nature has given every resource in abundance to us. More that what we would ever need. Have you ever seen an animal die of hunger in forest? Look at everything around, the nature takes care of every living being. People did not eat rats to live like what is happening in Andhra and Tamil Nadu in India. People did not die out of hunger like it is in Chad and Somalia. Even today, there is surplus of food, and food wasted everywhere around the world.
The wasted food per day is much more than the average calorie requirements of all the poor across the globe. The speculators, and people in the commodity market play with the commodities and quite a few times, these commodities ended up as waste. During the great economic depression. In the US millions of tons of wheat was burnt and drowned in sea, just to sustain the demand-supply curve and prevent decrease in the price of wheat. At the same time in Africa thousands died out of hunger. Now this directly implies money for those people is more important that the lives of these people. They would treat even cattle better as they can be sold for more than the poor across the globe.
What is the reason for all these? Money started as stones, evolved in to coins, then in to currency and then now it is in the form of electronic impulse roaming around the world within seconds in trillions. Money has made progress, but what about us? There is no progress in human kind, physically as well as intellectually.
Money is depriving poor from getting food, basic sanitation, place to live and everything. For the haves it is inflicting a source of fear. The fear to protect the money. For the havenots it is inflicting a fear for life, and a scare of sustenance. Which implies that money has ultimately done nothing good to the mankind. All it has done is created hatred, violence, corruption, murders and so on.
Imagine a scenario, where the concept of money vanishes from this world. How happy your life will be? Can’t get happier. But that scenario would never happen. So ideally what we have to do is, go after money like everyone else, earn it. When you earn enough, you will obviously know that the real search in life is not money but happiness. To get that, don’t give away all the money you have earned, but create opportunities for the poor to earn more money. You increase their dignity, that is the ultimate source of happiness in life.