July 16, 2008


Posted in Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:38 am by randallbutisingh

Randall Butisingh Newspaper Interview: Question 2 of 10.


Randall Butisingh was recently asked a number of questions by a newspaper feature writer. This was the second of ten questions with the answer. We will feature these questions and answers in ten blog entries.

Question: Do you feel people today are too motivated by money?

Answer: Yes. I feel in most cases, people are motivated by money. This has been the case since its invention. Some say “money makes the mail run or, that it makes the world go round”. This may be true to some extent. Some say it can even buy love; but, in no way can it buy a passport to heaven. After all, we have to understand that we are spirit in a fleshly garb and that our soujourn on earth is brief, and that as such, we must prepare while here for eternity. Money and its use can be of tremendous importance. If it is used for the acquisition of power, which corrupts, or for self indulgence, it will cause chaos and misery. After all, as is evident in the Scripture, “man cannot live by bread alone”.

The media usually quote the obscenely rich as the successful ones. Even some so called Christians take prosperity to mean the acquisition of money and all the luxuries it can provide: the huge mansions with its unproductive acres of lawn and concrete, the Rolls Royces, the jet planes, the parties and other wasteful pastimes. No wonder many people come to believe that money can provide happiness and security. The true reality is that money has to be balanced by its usage for the benefit of mankind. Bill Gates, once the world’s richest man, has observed this reality, and is ploughing his billions into worthy medical and educational causes before he exits this world. Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton are spending millions in Africa to help in education and agriculture, but this is just the crumbs from their table. It takes a man like Rick Warren, the pastor, to tell the world how money should be used. He has spurned luxuries and is sharing his wealth from the proceeds of his book to set up foundations to fund churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick and educate the next generation.

This contrasts the behaviour of people with the use of money. Those who have much, still want more and become intoxicated with the power which money can give. Leaders, who should be servants of the people, enrich themselves while the people suffer. Because of this regard for money as an end rather than as a means, heinous crimes are committed for its acquisition, but instead of giving them happiness and security, it robs them of the same and makes them callous and unsociable.

The love of money is the root of all evil. – The Bible.

What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul. -The Bible.


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