What Drives You?

Essay by rrkellowCollege, UndergraduateA, December 2005

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A man/woman is known by the fruits of his/her labor. Although that statement seems straightforward to most it can be translated in many ways depending on what you consider the fruit and labor to be. For some people the fruit refers to money. The more money you have the more of a man/woman you are. A priest or nun might consider the fruit to resemble love and they spend their lives entirely devoted to the love of humankind. Lastly the fruit is thought to mean bad emotions or painful memories. People driven by emotions or past memories tend to neither care for themselves or fellow man/woman. What drives us, be that money, love, or painful emotions; will determine where our responsibilities to self or humankind lie.

Money is the key to happiness in life. Believe it or not many people actually take that statement seriously. Have you ever been jealous of someone's financial success? Of course you have and the sad part of it is a lot of people want you to feel that way.

Ecclesiastes 4:4 states, "I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy." People driven by money tend to forget about what is important in life. They'll lie, cheat, and steal just to reach their monetary goals not noticing that along the way they've abandoned their families or backstabbed their friends to get there. The sad thing is that they are never satisfied. Take Donald Trump for instance. He has more money than he knows what to do with, and yet he's continually finding more ways to make more. Arthur Schafer, author of Morals in the Rat Race, writes, "Can any society survive when its citizens are all engaged in a furious competition to carve up the spoils?" Obviously...