From time immemorial, the great aims of human endeavor have been classified as- Dharma, Artha, Kama, moksha translated roughly as moral efforts, wealth, worldly pleasures, and salvation. However, the pursuit of these objectives is hierarchical and chronological. Skipping any of these might not be a good idea for a fulfilling life. Now Artha (wealth) of an individual is mainly the materialistic well being of an individual. The majority is sinking in the quicksand of uncertainty caused by the idea of money as the only aim and ambition.
We always think if we just had a little bit more money, if we don’t have to think twice to buy something, we’d be happier, but the reality is when we get there, we’re are not. Yes, we get a dopamine thrill at first from expensive things but we soon get used to them, a state of running in a place called “hedonic treadmill”. People when it comes to money tend to choose goods rather than the experience of the journey. It is not abundance but the scarcity of things that makes you realize the value of something.
Dharma (efforts) always precedes Artha (money). Money is just an incentive to your efforts which helps you keep going as incentives are of important significance in the human psyche. Money provides you with purpose. We always seek a chance to be remembered by future generations and lead a life that truly matters but without money, it is not possible to have any impact.
The crux of the argument is to set the things right. Who is behind the wheels, is it money driving you or you driving it? Always remember without money all your efforts, reasons may seem platitude but in the end, it’s all about setting the thoughts and priorities right.