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March 11, 2012

In Greed, They Trust.


Having grown up in a close knit joint family, I came across all the pros and cons of living with ten more people strolling around in my home. There was love in our abode all throughout the day's length. A pleasant atmosphere, younger siblings, grand parents, first cousins, lame jokes, picnics and what not. I haven't holidayed much outside north India and my home used to be my favorite place in the whole world. Meals were served, shared and eaten together, and not just happiness, sorrow too was divided amongst all so that the one it aims at doesn't feel the heat of it. My over protective parents nurtured my childhood well and I grew up to be a fine yet sensitive girl, with no clues of any dirt in this world, whatsoever. Little did I know, I was looking forward to witnessing some in my own happy paradise.

One very fine sunny morning, I heard some heated exchange of arguments between my father and my uncles. It was an unpleasant shock to me because the general ambience of our home was quiet and happy. My mother kept me glued inside the four walls of our room because I was at a very impressionable age. Within a fortnight, they became a sad routine. They might have been budding for a while but very innocently they escaped my notice. I was a kid back then and couldn't make much sense out of what my ears caught. Tension grew with each passing day and took over my heaven. Indecency crept in and there was little a girl of thirteen could do about it. A few years later, our family separated, not in a very amicable way. I have never been instructed not to talk to them if I run into them somewhere, my parents are sensible enough to let me make that decision for myself, but the way it all happened has made our bond sour. I miss being the wise elder sister to my little sister, but we never exchange calls. My older brother hasn't heard my voice since the day our families grew apart. I haven't spoken to them ever since, except once at a relative's wedding.

Things got ugly and relationships failed God's testing times.

Own your money, don't let it own you.

Money took it all away and hid it, well. It was a lesson well learnt. There are many beliefs and ideologies that are blamed for the evil present in this world, I lay mine on money. It has made humanity lose its taste and warmth, relationships have become fragile and take no time in falling like a dead leaf.

If I could change one thing around me, it'd be to start treating people for who they are, and not for how heavy their pockets weigh. I know this might give birth to a debate in your mind but money does dominate our minds and thoughts in an ineffable way now. It even spells power for some. If only human mind was capable enough to spot the difference, so to say the least. I'd prefer wearing a smile to a Prada, if that is what it takes to be the change I want to see in others. Politicians are sucking the country dry just for a few extra piles of money in their lockers, wealthy people look down upon their employees like they're alive because of their favors, sisters curse, families wish ill of each other, this whole world stinks of greed. My father is a very modest man, he always says 'Respect your sub-ordinates more than your superiors, no matter how loud your pocket shouts'. And I now realize, it speaks volumes about a person's character.



With no alternate perspective in mind, I enjoy the various luxuries money provides, I love my cellphone, my jewellery, my clothes, but devouring them at the cost of losing my loved ones and my dignity is something that will never make sense in my world. I don't reserve the greatest praise for the saint who has attained spiritual blessedness and abandoned all worldly pleasures, that would be a hypocrite act because I myself will never do so. Indulging in a little pleasure every now and then doesn't hurt, but doing so by robbing somebody else off their hard-earned income and stabbing your brother in the back might. I'm no preacher and I'm not perfect but a little sense and love can give you all that greed and money can't. A good night's sleep blesses only those who earn it, not those who steal it.




I am not saying its easy to walk away from lusting over money, but not letting it get to your head would be the key, and even if it does go to your head, have the nerve to fight it away.


46 comments:

  1. It is indeed rightly said "money is the root of all evil"

    I have seen another face of the devil

    People who have earned money in very less time (by joining companies that provide these various recruitment schemes; one such company is technobiz) have become arrogant. Money earned without hard work does not go to your pocket, it goes straight to your head.


    Good thoughts and a nice post
    Stay Blessed ^_^

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    1. Well said S, it does go straight to our head and very few have the nerve to fight it.

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  2. Money is the root of all evil well maybe not but it can be, too many people think money will solve all their problems and it doesn't just look how messed up all the rich people's lives are.........

    We didn't have much money in my family when I was growing up and we were happy and hubby and I raised 3 daughters on very little money but we had a lot of love in our family..........

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    1. You and hubby seem to be nice, modest people. Wish there were more of your kind :)

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  3. Money isn't that evil, but it can do a lot of harm. It's just not right at all when a family comes to pieces because of it.

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    1. Mine did. Which is why I blame it Mark.

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  4. i lived in a joint family too and i know how it feels. i was 10-11 when we had to move from our home and i hated my dad for it without knowing the actual reason. now, i know the full story. no one could have stopped that

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    1. same here mh, no one could've stopped it from happening.

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  5. Yes..I have lost a close knit family too..for the very same reason.. It sucks.. especially when you have been so close to the cousins..and now it is all reduced to 'seeing' each other at some occasion..

    :(

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    1. I haven't seen my sister in 3 years now. wonder, what she looks like now..

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  6. It gave a very happy feel to know the right values still being nurtured in some homes like yours. Best of luck for this beautiful post!

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  7. love the honesty in your post... it has made it's point without being too preachy..

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    1. I never intended to preach, it is an issue very close to my heart.

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  8. a very well written post.. Every one had been victim of greed .. great post.. and all the best :D

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  9. Lovely post and nice thought too.. Good luck for the contest:)

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  10. Well said and beautifully written. Renunciation is not what's needed, but a sense of balance with money sure is. Awesome post! Wish you all the best.

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  11. Nicely written ayushi..all the very best for the contest :)

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  12. Its in times like these that the saying - 'People are made to be loved and Money is made to be used. Problems occur when we do it the other way around' makes the most sense.

    I loved the line 'I would prefer wearing a smile than a Prada' - extra claps for you just for this line. Very well constructed post; I`m extra proud that a Virgo wrote it.

    Cheers :)

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    1. Well said Atrocious :)
      :D We virgos so lovingly dote upon each other, how I adore this ;)

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  13. What a well written and true post.

    The love of money is the beginning of all kinds of sin. Some people have turned from the faith because of their love for money. They have made much pain for themselves because of this - 1 Timothy 6:10

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    1. Not nearly all sin, but most of it anyways ;)

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  14. oh girl, i so don't have the time to read this ryt now. will read tmrw as soon as i get back to work. =)

    but for now-
    YOU ARE TAGGED!

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  15. For a long time, my favorite quotation used to be - 'Money is the root of half of the evils in the world. Lack of it is the root of other half.' And then I read Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and the whole concept of how I thought about money changed. Money was never evil. Our minds were. I would like to think it this way. There is no harm or evil in owning money. The problem comes when money starts owning us.

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    1. I liked what you said Kunal..I haven't read Fountainhead, shall order it asap. A great many people recommend it.

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  16. Money is an evil creature but man should be wise enough to give importance to better things in life. Relationship is one such thing.

    Great post. Please correct the spelling of speaks in 4th paragraph.

    All the best for the contest!

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    1. I revised the post 2 times, and still left the typing error ;)
      anyhow, done :)
      And thanks :)

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  17. I'd prefer wearing a smile to a Prada- I shall remember this line for some time to come. This post evoked kindred thoughts, brought back some ridiculous memories, but made a good point in the end. I am glad for having read this one.

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  18. well written.
    'Respect your sub-ordinates more than your superiors, no matter how loud your pocket shouts' .. its something to think about ..very good Serendipity.good luck

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  19. Excellent. The lat line says is all!

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  20. Felt like I was reading a story related to me...I know how it feels..Being like stranger to the people you loved.. Just that you were thirteen, I was five. And now the relations are not-so-good..My 5 year old cousin doesn't even know me..I last saw her three years back.. :(

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    1. Even I have cousins who have no clue as to who am I.
      Its pathetic.

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