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Money, a great palliative

Shaadaab S. Bakht

@ShaadaabSBakht

Shaadaab S. Bakht, who worked for famous Indian dailies The Telegraph, The Pioneer, The Sentinel and wrote political commentaries for Tehelka.com, is Gulf Today’s Executive Editor.

Shaadaab S. Bakht, who worked for famous Indian dailies The Telegraph, The Pioneer, The Sentinel and wrote political commentaries for Tehelka.com, is Gulf Today’s Executive Editor.

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Greed is definitely bad, but certainly not money. Let’s go for it. I tell youngsters that one should go for money, but take the right path. We should work hard on making money because real enjoyment lies in a money-driven life and not in the abdication of it.

The abdication of flesh-and-blood enjoyment is healthy, but it doesn’t satiate the taste buds of a fulsome life, which is desired by all, but admitted by some.

Because somewhere all of us are more into excess than discipline, into youthful irreverence than adult ethicality and into stolen hours of coffee breaks than formal candle light dinners.        

…Because real enjoyment lies in a money-driven life and not in the abdication of it.

That’s not a stray thought. It is a conviction born of years of experience, mixed with a raft of painful physical problems and a regular intake of medicines, to remain afloat in an orchestration that is more sound than music.

Reacting to my so-called epicurean standpoint my Leftist friend told me that money wasn’t that faithful to desire and not that important. I told her “rich thoughts from a rich woman.” She went on, “Money can buy a bed, but not sleep.” I told her that the problem is that more people lack beds than sleep.

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She said it can’t buy happiness. I said that’s not the point. Agreed, it can’t purchase happiness, but it can buy the bricks, that are often used by the civilised world, to build the road to experiences that lessen grief.

Money can’t buy everything; it’s a blessing from God
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Money is not that important, what’s her trip? From school to college to romance to marriage to honeymoon to family to visits to House of God to burial we all need the cheque-book.

The only problem with money is that it works both ways. Money is very important because a lot of lives are directly affected by the lack of it.

For instance all of us know about people who have become traders instead of doctors because medical education is very expensive and have become government employees instead of poets because poets have often filled our plates with joy as their plates remained empty.

At the same time money is totally useless because it can’t cure at least a dozen diseases, can’t give an orphan a parent, can’t bring back a child lost, can’t bring back a mother gone, can’t rescue a crumbling relationship, can’t cause rain to save dying crops and by association suicides by farmers and starvation.

But we must chase it for its great palliative value.

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