A freelance writer since 2011 and has been graduated from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi, India
Value of Money
True value of money
Yesterday I was hearing a message by a preacher. Some statements he made took my attention and made me think about it. I would like to share it with you. The statements may be very familiar to some of you. They are:
Money can buy a house but not home
Money can buy a bed but not sleep
Money can buy a book but not knowledge
Money can buy a clock but not time
Money can buy medicine but not health
Money can buy a position but not respect
Money can buy blood but not life
Money can buy sex but not love
Money can buy insurance but not safety
Money can buy food but not appetite
You may be familiar with the above statements. To some extent it is true. But I do not completely agree with the above statement. There is some reason for it.
Money can buy time
Look at the statement, "Money can buy a clock but not time." If you look at people doing business, you will understand that they are buying time with their money. If a businessman hires a Manager, he is hiring the manager's time as well as talent.
The hired man is looking after his business and the businessman is free to do his work of interest. The businessman has the time to do other business or live a stressless life as his hired man is looking after his business. That is what big business people do. They are buying time with their money.
If a businessman hires 10 managers, he is buying time of 10 people. He is making money from their time. And the businessman may be enjoying his life in a tourist resort. These managers are doing a more profitable business for the businessman than their pay which they get at the end of the week or month. If the situation is like this, then can you really say money can't buy time?.
Money can not only buy a clock, but it can also buy time too.
If you travel from Delhi to Ernakulam by train, it would take around 50 hours. More than two days! It is cheaper and you have to spend only a few hundred rupees. But, if you can afford a few thousand rupees, you can travel that distance by 3 to 4 hours by Air. You see, how much time you can buy with your money?
Some of you may be traveling by using public transport buses. You know, better than me, how much time it would take to travel a few kilometers. If you can afford the expenses of a car, you can save a lot of time. See how money buys time.
Money can buy home
Let us look at the first statement. "Money can buy a house but not home". It's true to some extent. I agree with it too. But, on the other hand, if you look at a poor man, who has a good, faithful and beautiful wife and nice and obedient kids, but do not have enough money to support his family. Then how can you think he can manage his home. If he could not afford a house, what would be the state of his home?
A little money can buy him a nice house. A little money can add up his happiness, love, and joy. If his wife moves away due to his financial condition, then can you really say that money can buy a house but not home. A home is where you find happiness, protection, peace, love and joy. If your lack of money takes away your happiness from your life, then can you forget money completely. Money is required to build a house. Money is required to get good clothes for your wife and children. Mone is required to support the children's education. Money is an absolute necessity for living a good life.
Money can buy sleep
I would like to draw your attention to another statement. "Money can buy a bed but not sleep." If you look at a father whose little daughter is sick and could not afford the treatment, then how can he sleep. If he had enough money to take her to that big hospital and be certain that his daughter would be treated well and would be getting back to home safely, then without a bed he can sleep well. His money power can give him a nice sleep. On the other hand, the lack of money would give him sleepless nights. Then we can come to the conclusion that money not only buys a bed but also buy sleep.
Look at the father who spends the sleepless night thinking ways to generate enough money to pay the school fee of his child. Here also, if he had enough money, he could get good sleep. In short, the lack of money could give you sleepless nights. That is why I disagree with the second part of the statement i.e. money cannot buy sleep.
Money can buy everything
So, all the statements mentioned in the beginning has a different side too which we knowingly or unknowingly avoid. Our ignorance or avoiding will not make it true. If it is so, why we should avoid or ignore them? There is power in money. That is called "Money Power"
Money can buy a house but not home - Yes money can buy a home too!
Money can buy a bed but not sleep - Yes money can buy sleep too!
Money can buy a book but not knowledge - Yes money can buy knowledge too - if you have money you can go to an institute and study there and gain knowledge, without money you cannot buy a book and gain knowledge. If you have money, you can hire an adviser who has good experience in that area to run your business. You are buying his knowledge. Paid councilors are selling their knowledge.
Money can buy a clock but not time - Yes money can buy time of other people. Ten hired workers can do what you can't do in 8 hours. If you do it yourself, it will take 10 working days to finish the work.
Money can buy medicine but not health - Yes money can buy good health. If you have money, you can buy good food to eat. If you have money, you can live in a clean neighborhood, which will improve your health.
Money can buy a position but not respect - Yes money can buy respect. If you have money and travel in a branded car, others will respect you. If you go to an office in shabby clothes, they won't treat you in the way they treat those who come wearing a good 3 piece suite.
Money can buy blood but not life - Yes money can prolong life. If you go to a good hospital and afford to pay the bill. In most of the government hospitals, ordinary people are treated like animals. That is not the situation in a good private hospital. There, you will get the good attention of the doctors and nurses.
Money can buy sex but not love - Yes money can buy love. Your loved ones will not leave you if you have money even at your old age.
Money can buy insurance but not safety - Yes money can buy safety by hiring security. You can buy a good car with the most efficient security features, which may save your life in the time of an accident.
Money can buy food but not appetite - Yes money can buy appetite too.
Money has its own importance. We cannot leave money completely for the sake of another thing. If there is no money no friends. If you do not have friends, you are lonely and loneliness will take away your happiness.
So, when you hear the above statements next time, think the other side too. The value of money.
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Kiran kumar on June 15, 2012:
Day today all possible are make money
sm7x7 on May 15, 2012:
How about this one:
Money can buy the Bible, but can not buy the Salvation from eternity in hell.
"For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph.2:8,9)
Christy on January 24, 2012:
Thank You for Your article.I really enjoyed it & learned a lot from that. I see a logic in what you say. A positive attitude towards money....
clang clang on August 24, 2011:
this is really helpful. i agree, we also have to look at the other side.. not just simply believe on what others say what money is. everyone wants to be happy- if only everyone is also given the opportunity to earn more m o n e y :)
sweetie1 from India on May 03, 2011:
You are right and your thinking is like my friend who says money can buy you even health because if you are rich then you can be treated of many diseases which poor can not even think of and certainly not having money wont make you happier or have better sleep.
seebasic from Germany on December 22, 2010:
I already heard it once and its so true. I often think we exaggerate money. Really important things in life are not for sale.
daravuthz from Cambodia on December 17, 2010:
really a great news about you hub its a great thing that you have shared with us
great info. thanks.
TheToddMan on December 15, 2010:
The real value of money is independence. With money and, more importantly, wealth you can live the life you wish. You can break down boundaries, move obstacles, remove limits.
Actually you need to do this first, in order to attract money into your life.
ed77buns on December 15, 2010:
This hub is just too good.By reading this we all would definitely able to know value of money.
Jacob (author) from Delhi, India on December 12, 2010:
Thanks wealthmadehealthy, for your kind visit and positive comment.
Wealthmadehealthy from Somewhere in the Lone Star State on December 12, 2010:
You have taken things which appear to be negative and shed a positive light on them. This is a good thing as most people tend to look at the negative aspect of all of these things. Thanks for having a positive outlook on all of this. Great hub!
Jacob (author) from Delhi, India on December 10, 2010:
Thanks all for taking time out to comment.
Thanks a lot.
Krishna from Dausa, India on December 10, 2010:
Every action has equal and opposite reaction (The General Law)... the same concludes that "If there are negative thought then there are also positive thoughts in equal proportion".... So, I agree with you.... as Money can Buy a Living, happiness, time etc. of Human.
H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on December 10, 2010:
Yes, there is logic in every topic. Thanks for sharing.
Richieb799 from Cardiff, Wales UK on December 10, 2010:
Money helps achieve these things but wisdom is a path of suffering.