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!