Money Does Not Protect Us

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Money does not protect us. It can be stolen or lost. But love protects us. We feel protected and in return we protect people we love. Money is made of paper and metal. We can buy things with it, but it doesn`t give us kindness and that warm contentment of shared compasssion.  Money makes no difference to level of happiness. But love does. You will agree to give up everything without moanining just to see an everlasting smile on the face of the person you love. You sense a feeling of joy with the thought of doing something for him/her. You have many resons for becoming rich. You want a comfortable life,  power and you want to impress people. But you don`t have reasons for loving. You just do. You simply open your heart and allow the love inside to project its energy towards the heart of another. Money can be counted and described. But love cannot. Poets, philosophers and countless others have ascribed their own theories and intrpretations but often they still fall short of the goal of capturing the true nature of love. It defies generalizations.  The strenght of love lies in its diversity.  It possesses the unique ability to evolve, change, and permutate over the course of our lives. Money can satisfy us physically, but not spiritually. Rich people try to fill the emptiness in their lives because they are bored. On the contrary, love is never boring because it always changes. It can adapt to its  internal as well as its external environment. It doesn`t only change as we change but it also ebbs and flows outwardly. We can lose our wealth. But true love never dies. During certain periods of our lives love may seem to fade or even disappear from our emotional palette. But once conceived it never truly ceases to exist. Love is the ultimate survivor. We can have a lot of money, but our future may seem hopeless to us.  Love gives us future and hope. When we love someone, we want to live forever because there is someone who loves us, someone we wish to see whenever we open our eyes as well as love him or her back. Wealthy people are very suspicious and insecure because they think that they are “loved” only because of their money. So with money comes loneliness, bitterness and suspicion. However, when true love is returned in kind, when two souls join hands in mutual compassion and reverence, there is no force or presence on earth as sublime as that. When we are depressed and sad, money cannot cure us. Love can. We are often left wanting, unfulfilled and incomplete,  in our usual interactions with the vast majority of those we meet in our lives. But we always dream of love and of compassionate surrender. And therein lies the instinct for love`s survival and for our survival as well. It forces us through the battles of life and it obligates us to maintain an uncompromising optimism towards the realization of spiritual completeness. We are fueled and empowered by love through all situations.  

            In the novel “The Little Prince” wtitten by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the narrator lives a lonely life until he encounters the little prince. When he first meets the prince, he cannot understand the subtle truths that the prince explains to him. Although the rose appears only in a couple of chapters, she is crucial to the novel because it presents a symbol of universal love. The writer gave the prince`s flower human characteristics, both good and bad. Although the rose is, for the most part, vain and naïve, the prince still loves her deeeply because of the time he has spent watering and caring for her. Her melodramatic, proud nature causes the prince to leave his planet and begin his explorations. But his memory of the rose also prompts his desire to return. Because  of the rose, the prince learns that what is most essential is invisible, that time away from one`s beloved causes a person to  appreciate that love, and that love engenders responsibility. The little prince visited the planet which belonged to a businessman who was so occupied counting the stars that he didn`t even raise his head at his guest`s arrival. He told  the prince that he owned the stars, because nobody else before him had thought of owing them. The little prince explained to him that he owned a flower which he watered every day and that it was of some use to his flower. He also said that a businessman was of no use to the stars. The businessman remained speechless and the little prince went away.  “The Little Prince” has stood the test of time. It is a book about uncoditional love. The prince loves his rose exactly as she is, exactly as she was before, and exactly as she will be in the future. And he says:” True love is visible not to the eyes but to the heart, for eyes may be deceived.” His flower is with him and part of him. Love is not possessiveness, jealousy, lust, fear and expecting something from someone. Love is support, accepting, understanding, compassion, forgiving, patience and caring. Love is an energy that can be used in a positive, healthy manner or in a negative, unhealthy manner. To love others, takes effort. It is the supreme sacrifice of self. For we must give freely and completely of ourselves to another, without reservation or condition. However, the reward is enormous. Without love, life would not be worth living. Without love in our lives, we will shrivel up and die a slow, painful and lonely death. Money can always be earned, but true love is very hard to find. And if you want to get love,  you must always treasure it more than money. When love goes away, your trust and faith will be gone as well. Without money, nothing goes because you can always earn it back. Love is the very essence and core of our being.  It is the energy that sustains who and what we are. Everyone has a deep-rooted desire to love and be loved. People sometimes do some crazy things in the name of love. In my opinion, love is actually the choice one makes to put someone`s wishes, desires and needs above our own. People who are in the race for money, can achieve a lot of it. But, at the end of the day, they are all alone because they didn`t have enough time for their loved ones and they just forgot to love.  

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