Money and Greed… And a multitude of Things Entail

YESTERDAY afternoon I had a long conversation with someone.

After our brief chat in the morning, I knew that he would asked that inevitable – about my falling out with my siblings. Something that I have tried to push it deep at the back of my mind.

It is not something I am very proud of, and eager to share it with the world.

But I did mention it a few times in the past (here in this blog) because I needed to let it out. To purge it off my system because it was “killing” me. The pain and bitterness was paralysing me slowly from the inside.

So, reluctantly I related to him on what really happened two years ago.

I didn’t expect him to agree with the way I handled the whole affair. But I am grateful that he didn’t pass any judgment on that either. That’s a big relief!

I am sure he would have noticed it clearly how skittish I am when comes to the topic of money…or the lack of it.

To put it bluntly, I am scared of the mere mention of money. And people would look at me with that strange expression…

In the recent years I have met people who put so much emphasise on the money in their life. I have seen how money changed people. I mean how greed changed them…

I have seen people whom I thought I knew and loved all my life that have turned into greedy monsters.

Granted, greed is one of “dark” personality traits. We all have the potential for greedy tendencies, but in people greed can become a dominant pattern.

I know what I went through wasn’t unique. I am sure many others out there who have had much worse experiences than me.

It was just painful though, to see someone whom you were growing up with, someone whom you loved very much, gives more importance to material things they may want a more sophisticated or luxurious life and this trait affects those who surround the person.

Sadly, it makes people devious, petty, unlovable and very jealous.

“Love of money”, it is said, “is the root of half the evil in the world; lack of money is the root of the other half.” Both these statements are broadly true. The implications of the first statement are obvious enough the love and lure of wealth generally prompt people to resort to all sorts of malpractices, such as hoarding, black market, deception and dishonesty.

I wasn’t sure what else did I tell him in that long conversation. But I did tell him one thing though. One very important thing for me.

That I have already forgiven the person(s) in the story. But I am not sure if I can forget that though. It wasn’t about the money. It is about betrayal of trust. A

2 comments

  • Mizan

    Guess what? my own relative wanted to utilize my miniscule epf money developing their own land. “Borrow” for a relative is only a word that does not have any meaning other than “take as a gift”
    If refused you are branded “kedekut” and “berkira”

    • Aza

      Yes. Borrow means…jadi hakmilik kekal! without any qualm or conscience…Why am I not surprised Kak Mizan. Here I think you can read a few posts related to the subject matter. Painful. Yes. Sad. Yes. Because it involved our flesh and blood…