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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Past GT essay - Many people think having enough money brings happiness but others think too much money can bring problems. Do you agree or disagree?

I definitely agree with both halves of the statement. It is irrefutable that enough money brings happiness and it is also true that excess of money has its own drawbacks. A number of arguments surround my opinion.

It is easy to see how money can enrich our lives. The world runs on money. The basic amenities of life such as food clothing and shelter can be got only with money. You can trade money for almost anything. With money one can buy all comforts and luxuries of life. One can study in the best schools and colleges and can also enjoy the best health services. Money is needed to enjoy holidays with family and with money one can bring smiles on the lips of one’s nears and dears.

On the other hand, there are many disadvantages of having a lot of money. To begin with, the richer you are the more taxes you have to pay. You will also have to keep track of what you have. You may have to pay people to keep accounts of all of your holdings. Money may become an obsession; it can alter your perception of life; you may stop trusting even your true friends. In this way, it can alter your social behaviour. Too much money won’t let you see every day’s little pleasures.

It can be said that the excess of money is as bad as the lack of money. The poor person is certainly not happy, nor can happiness be seen in a very rich person. Happiness is in contentment. There are many things which money can’t do. For example, money can buy you a pretty good dog, but it cannot buy the wag of his tail. Money can buy books, but not knowledge; money can buy medicines, but not health and money can buy a bed but not sleep.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that, definitely money is needed for everything in life. However, excess of money has its downside. Therefore, one should be satisfied with just enough. However, how much is ‘enough’ is a very difficult question to answer.

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