Has money taken absolute control of our daily lives?

Tuesday September 27 2016

By PAUL LETIWA

Money or lack of, is perhaps the one subject that is on most people’s minds. It seems to exert so much control over our lives to an extent that even the simplest decision seems to hinge on it.

Most social scientists believe that having some good cash gives our lives a particular rhythm, a certain charm, a perception of the world and our place in it. “We have been conditioned to accept that money is what makes it possible to live a good life, provide for our children, and as the most sought after means to gain recognition and acceptance within our society,” says Ms Judith Tonkei a Nairobi-based social scientist.

She says there are only a few people in the world who are not crazy about money, the rest dream to swim in an ocean filled with notes and coins.

“Almost everyone wants money, and we often need more of it for whatever reason. When we have money in our hands, we fancy many nice things,” she told Money.

“Most people think that money is great and powerful. That is why they spend a lot of time thinking about money and the way they want it to grow so that they can have more and more.”

Striking it rich

However, it is only an illusion that we are in control of our money: in actual fact we do not notice how subtly and intensively money exercises control over us.

Most people may not admit it, but haven’t we all secretly dreamt of striking it rich on the lottery someday or making a big buck in our businesses and job