I read a post on the Simple Dollar about the connection between money and power. Trent was making the point that many people want to be wealthy to gain respect and influence. That's obviously true, but my reasons are different. To me wealth equals freedom. It's not so much that I want to buy stuff, or own things or spend my money like a drunken sailor. There are certainly things that I would buy or do if I had the money to do so (buying a trip to the international space station is probably the most expensive of these), but my real drive to wealth comes from insecurity.
I am worried. I am worried that I will one day lose my job and won't be able to get another. I am worried that I will not be able to provide for my family. I am worried that my kids will have to support me in old age. I am worried that one of my family members will become chronically ill and that my medical insurance will not be sufficient to treat them. I am simply worried. Wealth would create security and remove these concerns.
It's not that I walk around constantly obsessing about these things. I consider myself a well adjusted human being. I am simply very cognizant of the fact that bad things happen to good people, and if bad things happen to me or to my family, I want to have the resources to deal with them. Wealth for me represents freedom from worry. Peace of mind.
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