Money and Power

To most people money is the medium of exchange, but in reality it’s more than that. Money to me is your purchasing power. It’s what differentiate a beggar from a buyer. In the world we live in today one is nothing without money. Nobody on earth respects a person without Money. Have money and the all world worships you like some god. Some people say money is the root cause of all evil, but poverty is more depressing. I will say poverty is the root cause of all evil. It’s poor people that breaks into others houses to steal some for their survival. It’s poor young ladies who can’t afford all the expenses that comes with being a woman that end up in prostitution or sleeping with rich married men to get some money. Without money chances are high one becomes something for something individual, and this deprive them of power.

Power on the other hand is the ability to be heard. There are seven billion people in this world and everybody has a say about what is going on or just how they feel on a particular day, but only those with power are listened to. To again attention in this universe you need power, and Power comes with your ability and potential to pull hundreds of thousands to your way of reasoning. Power is like sales, if you can sell, you’re listened to and your voice is heard. Without the ability to sell, you’re a nobody and no one will ever listen to you, thus you can’t have power. So one has to work really hard to develop the skills that brings power and with these skills, you’ll not only have money and Power, but also wealth and riches.

Now wealth and riches is more than just money and Power. Wealth comes when you’ve amass tons of tangible assets that translates to a huge monetary value when represented in currency form, and this is when people will call you rich. A famous Hip Hop super star by the name of 50 Cents once recorded an album and called it “get rich or die trying”. People are even willing to sacrifice their lives to get rich, it must be something very enjoyable. Now wealth and riches donot only come in the form of money, most times they are represented by wisdom. The truly wise will always be rich and wealthy. That is; to acquire a great deal of wealth and riches, one must first have great wisdom. It is also evident that the wisest man in the Bible; King Solomon, acquired a huge amount of wealth and riches, most of which were given to him freely by people who wanted some pieces of his knowledge and wisdom.

However in the case of King Solomon, his knowledge and wisdom were a blessing from God. Therefore, is all knowledge and wisdom a blessing from God? Maybe, let’s find out with some evidence. Abraham the great grandfather of the Jews was blessed by God according to the Old Testament and he acquired a lot of wealth. His grandson Jacob was blessed too by the Heavenly Father and he too acquired a great deal of wealth and riches. He even married sisters, and they were his cousins by the way, but that was Old Testament anything was possible. Jacob’s son Joseph was specifically blessed with a different form of wealth; wisdom. When he spoke he exalted power, and was made a governor in a foreign land where he had been initially sold to as a slave. So it could be true that wealth and riches are blessings from God.

There could be some people who still think money and Power are the source of all evil, but listed below are my objections from their way of thinking:

  1. With money you can make donations. There are so many people suffering in this world that calls for our attention; we the blessed. The leading donors, (and I’m not talking about blood donors) are the rich. World renowned wealthy men like Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson are some of the famous world donors. Even Mr YK Museveni of Uganda who happens to be one of the wealthiest men in that country recently donated huge sums of money towards the treatment and then burial of a famous Afrobeats musician Mozey Radio who passed on recently. These people are known and respected because of their money and power.
  2. Power well used can transform a society. I was chatting with a friend of mine from the US who works with American embassy Kigali and she was telling me how a village Kigali was ten years ago. She had worked with the embassy ten years ago before heading to another country and lived in Kigali then. The same Kigali has been transformed so much that she feels it’s a new place all together. This is a true testimony of good leadership. Salute H.E President Paul Kagame.
  3. Money is the only source of provision. Believe me, you’ll never walk in to a supermarket and pick items off the shelves if you don’t have money. First of all, what will you be doing in a supermarket if you don’t have money. The best you will get is an arrest by the police for shoplifting.
  4. Money and Power is the foundation for all relationships. All relationships begins with what you can offer. There is a popular proverb that “your network is your networth”. Trust me, no rich person will ever be a friend to a poor man. If you want great friends, start by acquiring money and Power and people will come looking for you. Everyone will want to be your friend.

In the African tradition, every mature man was supposed to have wealth (money) and Power. Only men with wealth and power were respected. No father would ever give his daughter in marriage to a poor man.  Now days I see very poor men sleeping with beautiful women, oba where do they get the guts from! But still their days are numbered.

Thanks for reading, until next time I remain Jimmy Ruva. Feel free to leave comments.


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