Sunday, April 10, 2016

How much money is enough money?

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I can't think of anything more subjective than the importance of money in one's life. A man who has a lot of money and poor health, will gladly exchange all his wealth for health and a man who has no money and good health, will gladly exchange all his health for wealth. In fact, majority of us do the latter everyday, just that in our endless pursuit of money, our health deteriorates slowly enough that we do not even realize until its too late.

Anyway, how much money is enough? Like stated above, this can't be a same number for all. To each his own. So, how much is enough? Luckily, our resident philosopher Seneca, whom we have been discussing in the past few weeks, did ponder over this conundrum too and does indeed have an answer.

"Do you ask what is the proper limit to wealth? It is, first, to have what is necessary, and, second, to have what is enough."

Now, this answer just blew me away. The beauty of this statement lies in its simplicity. Read it again dear readers. I have some views on this statement but I will save them for the next post. I don't want to spoil the magnificence of these lines by adding my petty two bits to it.

Take care and good luck! 

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