It has been said that money cannot buy happiness.   That may be true, but money can sure make being miserable a whole lot better.

Seriously, money has been accused of being the root of all evil.   Money is not inherently evil; it is only as good or as bad as the person who possesses it.   In the wrong hands, money can be an instrument of greed and excess.    Money also has the power to influence, control and even corrupt those who seek to abuse it or use it to advance their selfish purposes.  Money can instill envy, resentment, and anger in those who don’t have it.   Money can turn friends and families against each other and sometimes brings out the worst in people.

On the other hand, money can be a force for good.   Money can provide a good life for your family and advance their well-being.  Even if money cannot buy or create happiness, it can provide the foundation for contentment and peace of mind.  When used with compassion and good will, money can restore, rebuild, and reclaim the shattered lives of people in distress.

Money is also of immense practical importance.   Money is what makes the world go round.   Every person as well as every governmental, business, social and charitable institution requires money to some degree or another to survive and thrive.   Ironically, money has no intrinsic value, it is only of value because we all agree that it has value and we are thereby willing to accept it in exchange for goods and services.

So, even if we strive to accumulate money, let’s also remember that money is not a goal in and of itself but just a means to an end.  That end being a better life for ourselves and our families as well as to extend a helping hand to those in need.

Perhaps, having money does not buy happiness but happiness comes when you use it wisely.

On Monday, Joe continues his story about his youthful adventure in London in “The Summer of ’69, Part 2”.