There is actually no need to ask why people make money. For one thing, they need it to survive. This is no longer a world when all they need to have is hunting skills and they won’t starve.
Those who say that in this lifetime we just need to enrich our spiritual lives are deluding themselves and the people they are preaching these too. Before we can actually have a use of our spiritual lives, we need to first be alive. You can’t be alive without eating food or having a shelter on a cold winter night. To do this, you need money.
Do we really need to make money? In this capitalist world, people need money to be able to eat, to have a house to live in and ride the bus to go to work. In other words, money is the be all and end all of our whole existence. Without it, we cannot live because all our needs are bought with money.
But there are a lot of other reasons why people need to make money and it’s not just because they want to survive. If that is the case, then people will just be contented to earn enough money so they can eat and have a comfortable life. Instead, people amass money as much as they can. Here are the reasons why people try so desperately to make money.
1. Status Symbol
Some people do not just see money as something that could buy them things. Having a lot of money is also a status symbol. People admire you when you are rich. The things that you can buy with the money that you make all the more enhance that status symbol. Also, people often equate being rich with being intelligent and having a charmed life.
There are only three ways that people can be powerful. The first one is to have power, literally, as in superhuman powers but this is impossible so that leaves us with the other two ways: being a politician and being rich. If you do not have the stomach to be a part of the government or the courage to run for public office and therefore engage with the politics of politics, then the only way for you be powerful is to have money, lots of it.
3. Indirect Compulsion
Some people actually do not earn money because they want to, they get their incomes as an indirect result of doing what they love to do. For instance, artists do not really care about the money. They just want to express what they are feeling and show the world their perspective. Still, when people buy their artworks, they earn money. Some CEOs do not actually work to earn money; they earn money because they work and they love what they are doing. For these people, there is a compulsion to do, to accomplish things and earning money is just a by-product of those accomplishments.