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The School of Life “How to Worry Less About Money”

Author: John Armstrong
Author John Armstrong is a professor and philosopher at the Melbourne Business School and served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. He has written several books on art, aesthetics, and philosophy. Among them, this book is evaluated as a masterpiece that showed new insights on money based on his extensive and extensive knowledge of the humanities and business administration he has accumulated throughout his life.

The most philosophical and cultural interpretation of money!
The philosophy of money that gives a sense of freedom and happiness!

What is money for you? Is it just a means of survival-an absolute condition for happiness? Or is there mana? Only one is clear. The more money you have, the more you can have what you want. So money is a matter of dying and living. That’s why we love and hate money. One minute and one second of city life is returned to money, and consumption activities give excitement comparable to orgasm. It is money that puts an end to life at the gambling table, and it is money that saves hungry children in Africa. The money that gives us a taste of heaven and hell, maybe making and spending money is all we do in our lifetime.

About money and life, survival and desire
The noble and pleasant quest begins!

What is money, the most spectacular power that moves the world? Is it just a synonym for desire, lack, and worry? What perspective and philosophy should we have on money that governs our emotions, actions, and relationships? Have you ever thought about the following problems? Between money and life, money and happiness, a very surprising new insight unfolds about the meaning and value of money, the joy of money, and everything that money can achieve.

-What does it mean to have a good relationship with money in your life?
-Is a poor environment a disaster or a blessing with a noble spirit?
-How does money balance love, sex and relationships?
-What can we do to escape from the wounds of money and domination of money?
-Need vs. Desire, price vs. How do values ​​change the standard of life?
-Consumption with pride and dignity, human commercialization, and noble industrialization potential.
-The reality of instinctive denial, longing and fear about money.
-Can you live a meaningful life while making a lot of money?
-Can’t it be replaced with something else, the consumption addiction caused by mental hunger and anxiety?
-How much money does our life actually need?
-Can money make the world a better place?
-How does money manipulate us and scare us?
-I shop, so I exist. Is consumption an instinct or an addiction?

So the essence of the money philosophy is
This is a reflection on human desires divided into various forms!

Professor John Armstrong, who is a professor and philosopher at Melbourne Business School, explained in a warm and witty writing that combines business administration and philosophy, explaining needs and desires, price and value, and ideal desire beyond living. Like a psychological counselor, he opens his mind and shares his concerns with readers by frankly confessing his economic situation. Not only the basic emotions of money, such as possessiveness, desire to show off, fear, and sense of accomplishment, but also the desire to subdue human relationships with the power of money or take revenge on someone, as if with a counselor, a pleasant chat is poured out.

It also shows in a very elegant way how you can blow away your frustrations of money and your fear of poverty. The ethics of money, the graceful commercialization, the moral right of the pleasures of money, the unfulfilled hunger and uncontrollable debauchery, the dignity and dignity that fall helplessly in front of money, etc. It will completely change your feelings, attitudes, and beliefs about money, and ultimately rediscover what’s really important in life.

[Introduction to Life School]
School in the middle of life! Life school

How should we look at and respond to the various problems we face in our lives and the problems we face in every important moment in our lives?- If what we have learned so far is’knowledge’, now is the time to learn’wisdom’. Life School proposes fundamental inquiries and philosophical thinking about topics that must be considered at least once for a full and balanced life, sex, money, work, spirit, world, and time. The insights and wisdom extracted from these six core themes that dominate every moment of life will enhance the quality of life and add depth to everyday thought.

“The School of Life” first opened in London in 2008. Under the catchphrase “Learning back in the middle of life!”, a lecture, discussion, mentoring, and community service on the meaning of life, skills in life, and various problems encountered in life, centered on the world’s best-selling author Alain de Common. It is a’global project’ that provides such. He is particularly famous for his unstoppable subject consciousness, his unique perspective that penetrates the essence, and his lectures and discussions that elicit intelligent and clear answers.

It is spreading not only to the UK and the United States, but also to Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil, Australia, and Turkey, and is drawing a great response from readers from around the world who have longed for a true “life school”. Alain de Commone became the planner and editor of the whole series and compiled each subject into a book.

Your relationship with money includes imagination, values, emotions, attitudes, ambitions, fears, and memories. It’s not just a matter of how much you earn and how much you spend, a pure economic matter. It’s not just a matter of addition and subtraction, so how much money you have isn’t the solution we expect. In other words, addressing money worries with the amount of money (whether increasing income or struggling with less) is not an ideal strategy. The important thing is to deal with your relationship with money and your feelings about the relationship. Your relationship with money includes imagination, values, emotions, attitudes, ambitions, fears, and memories. It’s not just a matter of how much you earn and how much you spend, a pure economic matter. It’s not just a matter of addition and subtraction, so how much money you have isn’t the solution we expect. In other words, addressing money worries with the amount of money (whether increasing income or struggling with less) is not an ideal strategy. The important thing is to deal with your relationship with money and your feelings about the relationship. — A Good Relationship with Money

Think more specifically about why money is a problem. For example, to maintain a relationship with my parents, I have to pay money out of my bank account, and to beat a friend who has been competing since childhood, I need to earn more than that now. However, these distorted thoughts eventually lead to failure in the relationship with money. Past experiences should not influence the financial problems of the present.
Strictly speaking, money is a neutral tool for exchange, nothing more or less. Money itself is nothing, it simply records the degree of debt and credit. However, as we have seen earlier, money takes on a variety of psychological aspects. In extreme cases, someone may deify money. This is not a dimension of explicit belief. In the way that person thinks, feels, and acts, it is important that the’deification of money’ is revealed implicitly.
On the other hand, some people view money as evil. Such people feel that they have to fail economically, and they try to justify them through such failures. Of course, the price of that justification is overly expensive. — When money is not money

When talking about personal experiences with money, almost everyone reveals a very typical wish about the house they want to live in. Think about what you really wanted. It will whisper to you like this. You’ll be really happy with it. You and the people you love must have it to succeed. But it makes you very anxious. Because you know you can never have it.
In a way, it’s an extremely valid and wonderful dream. Putting the real estate price aside for a while, what I drew in my head is a very classy and appropriate scene showing a happy family. It is never greedy or extravagant. Your wife and children will also want to move there. That atmosphere and environment are perfect for my family. — Envy as Education

There is something important in life that gives a strong sense of ‘necessary in my life’. Whether it is an object or a person, it is not unfounded greed. Don’t I have the values ​​of life that I take seriously and that support my life? That “something important” will create an environment that embodies the values ​​of my life. I acknowledged the special strength and role of the table, and gave the meaning of the table to my life.
But I decided that I couldn’t afford to buy the table. But I didn’t want to give up even the heart I wanted to have. Just because I couldn’t afford it, I didn’t want to ignore it because having it (or not having it) wasn’t a big deal.
This is a pretty important issue. We must understand that the problem of’needs and desires’ does not necessarily lead to’medium and refined’ or’cheap and expensive’. What is the reason? This is because the distinction between’need and desire’ is a psychological problem related to the individual’s success or the pursuit of the highest self. Do you think needs are basic and needs are refined? no. ‘Basic and sophisticated’ is the difference in degree to the complexity of an object. ‘Cheap and expensive’ is also a distinction related to price or demand. — Need vs. Want

‘Price’ is an open thing set by a negotiation between supply and demand. In some cases, it is decided through competition. For example, the price of a car is determined by how many people want it, how much they can pay, and how much the manufacturer is willing to sell. This is an open activity. While many people are directly or indirectly involved in the process, your voice isn’t very important in setting a price.
On the other hand, value is personal, ethical, and aesthetic judgment. Ultimately determined by the individual and based on his perception, wisdom, and character. So you can define the size of the value yourself.
How much value is determined by the quantitative concept of money? What is the value return? We know that the number of cases varies enormously. Some people create great experiences for relatively little money. They have a fantastic holiday, enjoy fun entertainment, and own interesting paintings or fancy furniture that they want to steal. But the money you spend there is far less than you can imagine. It is to enjoy such pleasure with a small budget. These people are usually characterized by being witty and adept at being adept. They don’t even try to save money. Of course, you can do it as much as you like. — Price vs. Value

Having a lot of money also means less restrictive behavior. Rich people can easily do what they want. By the way, it’s a bit terrible, but it usually causes their own misfortune. Living well with desire is a very imperfect relationship. Desire aims for pleasure. On the other hand, living well depends on the good we create. Every opportunity to pursue a desire lies on the opposite side of effort, concentration, dedication, patience, and self-sacrifice to achieve a worthy purpose.
There are also many people with the financial ability to dine at the finest restaurants every day and drink two bottles of champagne. However, if they want to live a life of dignity, they must refrain from doing that, so they must fight temptation every day. Luxurious restaurants or expensive champagnes may feel very attractive right now. But they don’t mean anything. You can also take a private plane every day and go anywhere you want. But what is the purpose of doing so? Why? They may always suffer from these concerns. ‘I’m going to sleep in Venice tonight. no. I think Paris would be better. Then shall we go to Paris?’


No matter how much you have, you may still lack something. ‘My private jet is too small. My island looks weird. I need a happy family and 21 governments. If I don’t like it, I want to ruin him. Of course I can. The state is trying to take my money. I can’t trust my lawyers and financial advisors. They are only interested in taking money away from me.’

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