People who live for money, use money for the sake of money. They don’t seem to need anything else.
Suppose I want to buy a yacht and enjoy it – to sail off far, far away, in the heart of the sea. For me, it’s a pleasure – to sail past the Caribbean islands, leaving the whole world behind. I think and dream about it.
Therefore, I work hard – not for money but for the sake of the yacht, or even not for its own sake, but for the sake of the pleasure I will get from the yacht. I imagine how I will dive from the yacht into the sea as I see dolphins jumping out of the water next to me. This picture is before my eyes.
There are also people who work for money – just to add zeros to their account. Every day I want to get a printout from the bank and see that the amount has grown even more than yesterday, and the more it grows, the more pleasure I get from it. I look at the figures – and that fills me. I need nothing else. I see nothing represented by that money – no restaurants, no trips – only numbers in a bank account. Money brings me a pleasure. This is called “for the sake of money.”
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