When Money Crowds out Values

When Money Crowds out Values

A curious development that appears to define our society nowadays is the mindless quest for making money. This is not to even suggest that making money is bad. No. It is not. But money making must and should be defined by a sense of proportion, balance and sobriety. It is this balance and proportion that we seem to have lost in a mindless pursuit that can and has only crowded out salient and important values and value systems thereof. Money, in this schemata, has become an end in itself instead of a means that it essentially is. While some amount of money is necessary to live a dignified and respectful life but beyond a point, it becomes not only a farce but also scandalous. It is the latter that our society is gyrating to. Before this mindless pursuit of money becomes an actual blot on our society, decimating and destroying our values and consumes us in the process, it is in the nature of an imperative to have a sense of balance and proportion. Consider a factual. If the tone of society is set by mindless money making, then society is not only thrown out of balance and kilter, it sets wrong standards that lead to immoral, unethical and corrupt behavior and practices, a fact that appears to have become pretty prevalent these days. Once these behaviors and practices become dominant, the value system of a given society takes a hit, eating into its vitals and consuming it from within. And, when this scenario comes to pass, societies get lost in immoral oblivion. While we have not yet arrived at this condition, but we are tottering on the precipice. It is therefore incumbent upon us, as society and individuals, to introspect and review our situation. This exercise will not only be cathartic but also yield us a sober assessment as to where we stand. It will also illuminate and throw into relief other insalubrious aspects of society. There then should and must be follow up to this by way of taking steps and measures that elevate values and value systems over a pursuit that, in the final analysis, if pursued mindlessly, is rather meaningless. Let us wake up before it is too late and in the process cleanse our society of accretions and issues that, if not corrected and checked, can only spell gloom and doom.