I've been thinking about the concept of money. Money changes from time period to time period. Money in the early Colonies was tobacco; money has been gold, silver, cash, check, and now digital. Money has been fought over. Countries have sent men to die for money. People have spent a lifetime working for money. This has led me to think that there is more to money than money itself.
I've been mediating on what could be the deeper meaning. My mind dwelled on this until I remembered when I dwelled on the concept of "discipline vs abuse" and I believe the conclusion is the same. I came to the conclusion that discipline is power used to correct behaviors that are mutually beneficial to the group (don't murder, steal, cheat on tests, etc). Abuse of power begins when power itself becomes the object; when power is no longer a tool in the authority's tool box, but the object itself is when abuses of power begin.
Money is the same way. Money is an access point to the goods and services we need to survive and thrive. Therefore, money is a blessing to our lives by raising our standard of living by gaining more of it. Saved money provides stability in hard times. Yet, money causes abuses to happen when the money itself becomes the objective. The purpose of money is to make trade easier for humans and life better by raising standards of living. However, where is the point between money being a means to an end (better living) and being the end itself (the goal). Another way to put this is when do we stop using money to live, thrive, and gain stability; but start living to make money.
The reason I thought about both power and money at the same time was because politics and economics are the same thing. Politics is the art of power; power is the ability to influence others; the main reason people use influence is to get money. Therefore, politics and economics go together at every level of our society.
All this thinking has led to me a simple series of questions. If money and power operate on the same concepts and people can get addicted to power, then can they get addicted to money? If yes, then what is the addiction? Is the addiction status, power, attention, or something else? What is the addiction to money that drives our world?