Money is the Religion of Choice


One of my esteemed friends mentioned this catch phrase during our get-together party today on some special occasion, and it rung a bell in me.

I have blogged about the negative influence of religions in general on humanity. Of course, there is some positive impact of religions as well, but the continuing negative aspects overwhelm anything positive. Even today, hundreds of people are getting killed or imprisoned around the world due to some religious differences between themselves and the perpetrators.

But, let us put that argument behind us for a moment.

While it is hard to generalize, it is apparent that most people would choose money over almost anything else, including religion, in an increasingly commercial world. People wish to earn, or get money, for themselves and their families, given that life has become uncertain across several key parameters. Life long employment has disappeared almost everywhere, except may be in Japan. Keeping a well-paying job has increasingly become difficult, even in the IT industry, and certainly in the Financial industry, as Robotics and Artificial Intelligence come into the mainstream in these industries. Their impact is now being felt in many industries and avenues of human endeavour. Working people are getting impacted negatively, and those over the age of 40 are questioning their sustainability.

Given such a situation is fast emerging, it is no wonder that people want to save more money to handle the challenges of their future.

On the other hand, wealthy people want to make more money as it probably caters to their adrenaline rush needs, or just to keep proving to themselves that they can indeed make more money as and when they choose to do so. What does this extra money do except to fatten their banking accounts? Nothing. They are not going to take all their money to the graveyard.

The income inequality around the world, the kind of things that wealthy people flaunt around, the many things that working class people still do not have – all this and more drives the insatiable need for securing more money.

So, what is the religion of most people?

It is none other than money.

How about we fill up a government form with “Money” against the religion column?

Money, Money and Money.

Money drives peoples’ behaviour. It alters their behaviour. It forces them to err in their judgements. It prods them to take shortcuts. It sometimes pushes them to commit crimes.

Is that different from a regular religion?

No.

It is the same if you think carefully in terms of analogies. Religion does all of the above to normal people, and more. Religion also induces passion in people.

So Money is indeed, a religion.

It may not be for many people who would hate to replace or equate religion with money.

But, for many more people, Money has become a religion, and that is driving the demand for more money. That is driving more errors in judgements. That is damaging peoples’ reputations as we are witnessing recently (I am referring here to Carlos Ghosn of Nissan – Renault).

And, Greed knows no limits. It has no limits when it is used to fulfil peoples’ egos with desires.

Man’s desires have no bounds, as we all know.

Can a regular religion obliterate those desires and errors and mistakes and potential crimes?

Don’t bet on it.

It is not surprising most people have dual lives or dual personalities, if you know what I mean.

A businessman who is extremely greedy to make more money, even at the cost of his workers, could be extremely pious and religious. We have seen that behaviour time and again.

Hence, here is the unsavoury conclusion: Money is a Religion, and it more than qualifies to be one. The regular religions should take note! But I won’t be surprised if they know this already, as most religions are, in any case, money-making machinery which is well-oiled over the years. Money is, indeed, the oil for most religions.

Are you a convert to this “Money Religion”?

Cheers,

Vijay Srinivasan

25th November 2018

Author: Vijay Srinivasan

VJ lives and works in Singapore. He hails originally from Southern part of India, and has lived in Malaysia/Singapore for over 21 years. He loves networking, reading, travelling, amateurish golfing, badminton, and arguing on intellectual issues which affect mankind with his friends and colleagues. He also loves his wines and blogging !

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