About money


Friends, that is, theists in general and Christians specifically, don’t listen to your church ministers, priests, imams or whoever it is claims to speak to you on behalf of god and speaks on your behalf to god when they tell you, as Paul writes to Timothy in Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

for they are lying to you, since they say this while passing the collection basket around! You remain paupers while they get rich spending money you have worked your asses hard to get.

Listen, however, to the philosophers when they tell you

Money alone is absolutely good, because it is not only a concrete satisfaction of one need in particular, it is an abstract satisfaction of all.[Arthur Schopenhauer]

And please, please for those of who intent on getting married, if you can don’t marry a man or woman born in poverty. For the philosophers have this advice to give

a woman[man] of fortune being used to handling of money, spends it judiciously; but a woman[man] who gets the command of money for the first time upon her/his marriage, has such a gusto in spending it, that she/he throws it away with great profusion.

And as a word of caution to all that

you be careful to preserve what you have earned or inherited.

And finally to those aspiring parents, if you can, leave your children an inheritance for

to start life with just as much as will make one independent, that is, allow one to live comfortably without having to work is an advantage which cannot be overestimated; for it means exemption and immunity from that chronic disease of penury[..] it is emancipation from that forced labor which is the natural lot of every mortal

and once you start life with such advantage, don’t be a dickhead, but pay your debt to mankind by

achieving what no other could achieve, by producing some work which contributes to the general good, and rebounds to the honor of humanity at large. 

For to fail to do so, with such advantage is to be but

a mere idler and thief of time, a contemptible fellow. He will not even be happy, because, in his case, exemption from need delivers him up to the other extreme of human suffering, boredom, which is such martyrdom to him, that he would have been better off if poverty had given him something to do.

That brothers and sisters is my advice to you this beautiful Monday morning!

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

13 thoughts on “About money

  1. Daniela says:

    One of my favorite living authors; Paulo Coelho wrote this: ‘Some of my friends are very poor. All they have is money.’ I trust in that. And, being born and raised in poverty find somewhat disheartening to read the advice to not marry a man or woman born in poverty. I guess it is lucky then to have passed marrying age -:)!

    All the Best (and god fortune of course -:)
    Daniela

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    • makagutu says:

      Oh you must indeed be lucky :-D. you being such a wonderful person I don’t think it would have mattered whether you were born rich or poor. Am glad to know you!
      Thank you for good wishes. All am trying to be is a happy person believing, as the sages said, content is the wealth of nature.

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  2. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Words to the wise, my brother! 🙂 A nice way to start a work week! Stay good, friend!

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  3. themodernidiot says:

    haha “don’t be a dickhead” – well said

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  4. emmylgant says:

    All good advice I think; although like Daniela, I think that the relevance of the counsel on the alliance of two people of widely diverging economic background somewhat questionable. He was from the 19th century, where class consciousness was a given and wealth preservation was tied to the land. Today money moves faster, fortunes are made and lost rapidly, and bankrupcy does not have the stigma it once had.

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    • makagutu says:

      Maybe bankruptcy has lost stigma because many people are poor 😀 just saying.

      The question of class could have played a part in his writing, though some of the observation he makes, can still be seen today.

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  5. Arkenaten says:

    Good advice is good advice…
    Agree 100%

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  6. melouisef says:

    Is there not the old adage – I would rather cry in the back of a Rolls than on the back of a bicycle?

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