The Pursuit of Money At Its Subversive Effect On Society
a philosophical thesis by Matthew Bissonnette
Since individual's began recording human affairs in the distant past, it seems that bartering for goods and services was a large part of human existence. Early versions of money to conduct bartering where coins of valuable metals such as gold. Later paper notes which had no value inherently and only a promise of being valuable where developed and is what we use to barter today. Media as well as other factors have led to the perception amongst some people that the human condition is nothing more then the lone pursuit of money, that your worth as an individual can be determined by how much you are worth. This system of fulfillment I believe had its roots in the corporate sector, since for businesses and industries depended on their ability to continually manufacture items that people wanted, thus a ethic among people to find self worth with material possessions kept the assembly line rolling and that money was a measure of an individuals worth. But now it seems that this desire for the procurement for financial wealth is having many unforeseen effects of civilization, as well as on the civilization's of others. Money has become the human cause and this ethic trumps other ideals which are informed by a view of caring about the interests of others instead of just pursuing your own personal interest. Anyone rightly seeks financial security to pay for food and shelter, but the dream of being one day wealthy is elusive for most and the work of countless men and women who toil to keep society running regrettably does not pay much. It is a carrot held in front of a mule, and no matter how far we walks, he will never reach it. What are some of the effects on society?
An individual whose primary ambition is the attainment of wealth and is motivated by his own self interest may be easier to be bribed if in a position of public authority. Many older youths are drawn towards the criminal endeavor since it seems to offer a quick way to make a dishonest buck. Many homicides are motivated by finances, such as one spouse killing the other for a insurance policy or using violence to obtain a miniscule amount of money. Some females at a inappropriate age will use their sexuality to attract men who will lavish money on them. The last effect can be more serious, since the accumulated savings of an entire nation is greatly connected to its financial well being. Yet some nations have the highest wages, their people are mostly in debt because of a desire to barrow money to buy possessions for personal satisfaction. Money is the only cause among many people, and the cause of society at its well being only perused half heartily.
Ideals meant for individuals better then I should be a guiding factor for civilization, such as egalitarianism or idealism. Since the beginning humanity worked together in groups, and it is a inherent true that we are all in this together. It is a choice between self interest and the interest of others.