Chapter 3. What Is the End Game?

What Is Money?

Let me start off by making a blatant observation: It is hard in any society, ours in particular, not to have a certain level of income. Money can buy you education, a nice house, sporty clothes, a shmancy car, and vacations to far-away places. If money talks, it can also lie. Money can provide temporary material satisfaction, which studies show can quickly become an endless loop of wanting more and more. It can trap you into an ever-increasing number of monthly “fixed” expenses, it can’t buy love, and it makes the process of divorce downright miserable for everyone involved.

Money, people say, buys you time and freedom, although this begs the question, “Whose time and freedom was it in the first place?” ...

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