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While this web-log has primarily illustrated low-waste living, I am moved to add financial health and frugality to the mix. I hope you will find it useful, thought provoking and even entertaining at times. I encourage you to share your insight, tips, and musings on the topic.
I am not going to pretend to be a financial expert; I merely hope to start a dialogue on a topic which seems to make so many people uncomfortable, including myself.
No matter if you agree with my thoughts or not; what matters is that you participate in the conversation. The best solutions come from a diverse group of thinkers.
“After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.”
Nicely put and I can understand the sentiment, but it should be noted that Aristotle Onassis was extremely rich and likely did not have to consider how he was going to pay his rent or feed his family.
On the other hand, ask someone struggling financially, and money likely means a great deal. It can mean being able to feed your family, spending time with loved ones rather than working multiple jobs, sending your children to college, running water, and retirement.
In the current economic structure, money means a great deal.
I often daydream about a Utopian future where we won’t need to work multiple jobs to get by, where people can follow passions rather than pay, when the health of the country isn’t measured by the GDP, or a time when those who choose to stay home and raise children won’t have to worry about facing eviction or judgment.
While these are possibilities important to study and work towards, it is equally important to discuss ways in which we can help others and ourselves survive and thrive today. I hope to be a part of that conversation.
Flowing Hair and Draped Bust dollars were the first silver dollars struck by the U.S. Mint during the nation’s early years. Personally, I wish they would have chosen the Wild Turkey over the Bald Eagle. Alas.
As a child I hated money; until recently I thought money was evil and having copious amounts was a sure sign of a bad person. Now, I know it’s not money I hate, it’s the worship of money that I find so destructive.
Does money talk make you uncomfortable?
P.S. – Curious about the Wild Turkey comment?:
“Others object to the Bald Eagle, as looking too much like a Dindon, or Turkey. For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk (Osprey); and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.
With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country…
I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.” — Benjamin Franklin
Franklin knows what’s up.