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Making Money

The term 'making money' is misleading. Are you 'making' money, or are you 'transferring' it?

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  1. Awesome question!
    Is anything ever really made or is everything just recycled molecules and converted energy.. What does it mean to make?

    make[ meyk ]
    verb (used with object)
    1. to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.: to make a dress; to make a channel; to make a work of art.
    2. to produce; cause to exist or happen; bring about: to make trouble; to make war.
    3. to cause to be or become; render: to make someone happy.

    So I’ll say money is transferred not made, unless you were actually printing it or creating a new currency, not just earning some.

    • My thoughts exactly, Jeannette! I think we can actually make some things… the assembly of existing things (physical things and non-physical things like ideas) into something new would be ‘making’ something, but I don’t think we really ever ‘make’ money.

      Money is just moved around, like energy. Even if we ‘make’ currency, we’re not making money… we’re just creating more of something that is used to count and distribute money/energy.

  2. I see it as we are either giving or hoarding it, and whichever way we turn it, it is in direct correlation with the heart…what matters to us most. Money in itself isn’t anything, simply being a representation, or the form, of an idea held either collectively or individually. It is a form used precisely like energy, and is impossible to separate the thing, and it’s value, from the one wielding it. However, most folks can’t see they are the ones driving that form of energy, choosing instead to see themselves as victims to it, or to the system that fuels it. Without them, money would be just a piece of ore, paper, or plastic laying around, and would have no real value. The only way it even could have value is from what we place on it.

    • Excellent thoughts, Cynthia! Thank you very much for sharing them here.

      I’d say that without accepting responsibility for driving that form of energy, we end up becoming victim to it. Instead of consciously directing it, we waste it (or worse, abuse it).

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  • Gregory Berg / Enso September 4, 2012

    The term ‘making money’ is misleading. Are you ‘making’ money, or are you ‘transferring’ it? RT @RaamDev Making Money http://t.co/tvAVY4R7

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