Money Problems – Are people really living?

Continuing from my last post before about money problems: http://physkennethmui.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/money-problems-quick-thoughts/, I figured I explain more about “how people can’t live with money.”

We can start by saying, “Are people really living today?” I don’t mean this biologically, I mean are people living their lives in the way that they define as fulfilling?

While I can’t pinpoint where this phrase came from, you may have heard of the phrase, “the daily grind.” Its the usual 9-5 job, sounding a little like, “wake up at 7am or earlier, drown in coffee, drive for a half and hour or more to work red-eyed, sit at the desk, check emails, make calls, do some work, break for lunch, back to work, drink more coffee around 2pm, and drive in rush hour traffic for an hour or more to get home.” While this specific example doesn’t apply to everyone, the daily grind takes many forms, perhaps in some form that you experience, in which you would agree, sucks.

Questions that come to mind are, “Why do we work?”, “What’s the purpose other than to obtain money and to live?”, “Where’s the meaning in life?” “Is our life cycle simply; your born, you grow up with or without the encouragement of ‘You can be whoever you want to be!’, find a job, get married, have kids and then die?”. Certainly people must have thought of this question if they’ve ever pondered upon the subject of the meaning of life.

Certainly, there are people with careers. A career by definition from Google is “An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.” For my definition of a career, it means that its something that you do that you enjoy, while getting paid. In most cases, since you enjoy it, you do it for a significant period of your life and you would basically deem anything you enjoy doing as progress. If you can do what you love better, its even more progress!

So, do more people have careers or do more people have jobs? Looking at the definition for a job we get “A paid position of regular employment”. Notice that for a job, it doesn’t not include opportunities for progress and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a significant portion of your life. It also doesn’t say that its something you enjoy doing.

While I don’t have the numbers to back my claim, I think the general consensus is that much more people have jobs. I conclude this from my life experience, so this claim is purely an opinion, one that I think many people share. Most people who say that they have jobs aren’t fulfilled, while most people who have careers are more than satisfied. Much more people have jobs that they don’t necessarily enjoy and that they are only working in the job to sustain their existence and whomever they value, (family, friends).

If we analyze this further, we can see that its not money that people need, its fulfillment from what they do. The structure or system of money we have is a given. Another given is that we must have our physical needs met, (food, housing, health, etc.). We currently use the system of money in order to obtain our physical needs. Why must we follow this system? Why do we work to get money to then get our physical needs met? Why don’t we work directly to get our physical needs? Better yet, why don’t we work jobs that have the goal of automating the fulfillment of physical needs of people? This way, people won’t have to continue the cycle of working just to sustain their lives and instead do things that they enjoy.

For people who have careers, its a double plus in this system because it happens to sustain their existence and allow for fulfillment. A conclusion is, “If people’s physical needs are met then, what’s the point of working a job?”

Must we continue to use the system of money? How do we just simply meet people’s needs? These are questions that will be addressed later. For now, it just seems like continually using this system doesn’t really address the problem of fulfillment, it just keeps people alive and not living.

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3 responses to “Money Problems – Are people really living?”

  1. Mike E. says :

    Interesting post, and for much of it I agree. However, I have some constructive criticism on the structure of the post itself which I think will help allow your future messages to be better reached. The less time readers have to worry about navigating the post, the more time they have to consider your message.
    1) First and foremost with your first sentence, introduce the topic and your talking points, THEN refer to an earlier blog post; this may be a continuation of your thought, but to new readers, it is a little disorienting.
    2) If you are able to, include a hyperlink to your previous post you are referencing. No one wants to have to scroll past the most current post, and God forbid your post be on a different page.
    3) While I know this is YOUR blog aka all of it is YOUR opinion, and by reading I implicitly agree to be subject to YOUR opinion, peppering in some objective facts other than “this is my life experience” will make it much more enjoyable to read. I am clearly here to read what you have to say, but your life experience and your own thought-experiment process of this dissertation is tougher for readers to relate to, especially if their experiences are radically different than your own. By bringing in facts, such as studies conducted etc, you are taking a piece that the reader must objectively acknowledge and leading the reader via your opinion to the conclusion you want the reader to take away. This allows your post to be much more approachable.
    Thanks for your time.

    • physkennethmui says :

      Hi Mike!
      Thank you so much for your advice. This is my first blog ever and I your comment literally is the first comment I’ve ever had. I agree with everyone of your points. I will keep this in mind for future blog posts. I do make sure that I mention that its my opinion so that people know that I’m not stating objective facts. Thank you again, I hope you’ll stay tuned for future posts.

      Kenneth M.

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