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 Imagine a world where money has no value. Can you see it? No, well I don’t want to be a Negative Nancy but we’re living in it. Money in essence has no inherent value; it’s simply ink on pieces of paper. But it has such a profound impact on our daily lives and the lives of every human being living on planet Earth.

Back in the day, money had some value in that you had pieces of metal shaped as coins that you can possibly melt and reshape into anything you choose if you so desired. 

These days money in itself has no value but a form of exchange for goods and services; so technically when someone has a lot of money, we see them as valuable because they hypothetically possess a significant number of goods and services.

 But money is more than that. It has a significant impact on our daily lives in its symbolic meaning. Time and time again studies have shown that money has a deeper, emotional impact on us (hence the negative connotation with greed). 

We associate money with opportunity with endless possibilities, as primarily enforced by our global society. For instance, if we were to see someone burn a pile of money in front of our eyes (Joker in Batman), we would feel uneasy, saddened or even angered because we associate the loss of money with lost opportunity.

We often hear the expression “money makes the world go round” but it does way more than that. Money can save you or make you its prisoner; it possesses more psychological power than we may realize.

When we acquire money, we tend to feel that it is part of our being and defines our value. So, if we have a lot of it, we tend to view ourselves as valuable people; we feel more confident and capable (but hold on to those egos).

This is why many feel money does not by happiness because too much money can make us lose control of. This is where fraud, compulsive gambling, and power struggles come into play. 

So, as we can see or have already known from our past experiences, money does more than make the world go round, it has the ability to control our decisions and our minds if not controlled. Overall, money can make you, or break you.


About the author


Brooklyn-based Margaret Skowronska is a St. Francis College Communications and Business graduate with an intense curiosity that fuels her drive. She strongly follows the inspirational words of Norman V. Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

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