Can money truly make you happy? Well today in The Guardian there is an article that certainly thinks so. The author uses research and performs a level of secondary analysis, in order to arrive at the conclusion that money does bring you happiness and we need to recognise that. The author even goes so far as to recognise the inequalities in the world, but this fails to change their conclusion.
Oh how I could not disagree more. What bullshit. Of course a simpleton could claim that money brings you happiness, but anyone with a brain can clearly see that it is money that has caused the unhappiness originally.
Stuck in the pursuit of money purely to pay the bills or afford your mortgage, does that equate to happiness? Of course the author recognises this fact, but fails to see that with the abolition of money or the equal distribution of wealth there would be increased happiness.
Denmark consistently polls as one of the happiest nations on earth, why? One of the main reasons is that the levels of inequality in Denmark are minimal. Whereas inequality in Britain, although not as stark as in the third world, remains continuously present,
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs presents the path happiness clearly, our physical needs need to be met before any further happiness. As such money can go only so far as meeting our physical needs and allowing a more active social life, but that is as far as it goes.
Happiness undoubtedly is a complicated notion, for each of us happiness presents a different thing, it takes a different form, each one unique to our own mind. Money is a red herring; the only purpose it holds is to enslave us to the current system, shackling us with debt so that we can live a material life, filled with consumption.