2017年09月21日

THE THINGS THAT MONEY CANNOT BUY

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By ABUTA OGETO

We are obsessed with, fixated on and deranged by money in this world. From the top dogs to the little mutts – all seem to wake up with just one overwhelming thought in mind: “how do I lay my hands on more money?”

Money, we think, is the escape from poverty and misery and the path to happiness and peace of mind. Money is respect and status. People adore those with money. And because many people don’t seem to worry about how money is acquired, all means are acceptable.

When I started working with RESULTS Japan, I was taught a few lessons about money by my former boss, Riku Shiraishi. On reflection, I hereby write.

But what exactly is it we think we get when we get money? No doubt about it: money matters. It does indeed release us from the many indignities of poverty. Being financially self-sufficient allows us to crawl out from under the thumbs of those who hold us down. There is great liberation in having your own money, to spend as you please. Money allows us to fulfill the obligations we all have to our families, particularly our children. And of course, money allows us to have many more material experiences that would otherwise be unavailable to us: fine meals, interesting holidays, nice attire.

Who wouldn’t want all that? I do not deride your desire to have more money; it’s a very powerful force in your life.

But, but, but…

What we fail to do is keep money in its place. It matters, but it is not everything. It is not the magical key that unlocks a magical kingdom. It will open doors for you, no doubt – but what’s waiting beyond those doors should also worry you. The best way to think about this is to understand the crucial things that money does NOT buy.
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First, clichéd but true: money does not buy friendship. It buys attention and sycophancy for sure, but real friendship? Never. Those who appear to be your friends because you have money have no attachment to you. None. They are attached to your money. If your money is not available to them, they go. Simple. You will never buy the unconditional bond of friendship with money, period. You will sink like a stone from people’s thoughts if you were only there because of your money.

Money won’t buy you peace of mind. It might buy a very comfortable bed and a nice house in a quiet neighborhood and a platoon of aides and guards, but that is not the same as peace of mind. That comes from within. It comes from acceptance and calmness. People scrabbling incessantly for the next dollar (or next million dollars) are in fact the least likely to find peace of mind. They may look calm and collected, but the inside is a furnace of stress.

Money won’t buy taste. It can buy you interior designers and brand consultants and exclusive attire, but taste? That’s a whole different thing. Taste comes from high personal standards and from a strong sense of balance and coherence. Very rich people are the least likely to have a taste. They don’t develop it; they just buy the external manifestations of it. Inside, they’re still the same tasteless bumpkins they started off being.

Money can’t buy you discernment. The ability to tell great from merely good; honesty from trickery; true decency from PR; a character from the brand; these are all elements of discernment. It is a vital ability of life to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. Again, you can’t buy it. You can buy advice, but you can’t buy the x-ray vision you need. That comes from learning life’s lessons constructively.

Lastly, money won’t buy you wisdom. It is in fact very, very rare to find a wise rich person. Have you ever paid attention to the advice of the really rich? It’s usually shallow and self-serving nonsense. They are usually feeding their own egos and own interests. Wisdom means working for the greater good for the longer term. Most of our rich do the exact opposite: they work for their own benefit for the immediate future. Most rich people buy social responsibility; they don’t feel it.
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So there you are. If money won’t buy friendship, peace of mind, taste, discernment or wisdom, why are we all killing ourselves (and others) to get it? It makes life more comfortable, but never more meaningful. Those who know this put money in its correct place. They use it without worshipping it. A life of meaning is not a life of personal riches; it is a life of reflection, compassion, and engagement.
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ケニアの栄養バランス事情

私たち日本リザルツは、途上国の女の子に栄養教育をするためケニアで食堂をはじめます。そのため、クラウドファンディングサイトReadyforにて、費用を集めるファンディングを実施しています。本日は、ケニアの栄養バランス事情について気づいた点をご紹介します。

先日、ナイロビのスラム街の1つカンゲミ地区の方々とお食事をともにしました。現地の皆さんのお皿をみると、主菜(肉や魚などのたんぱく質など)や副菜(野菜や豆など)よりも、主食(炭水化物)が山盛りです。また、食後のスナックも大人気です。定着している食事習慣があるかもしれませんが、心身の健康を整えるための一工夫も一緒に考えていきたいと思っています。

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ケニアでは、5歳未満のこどもの4人に1人は、栄養不良により発育に問題を抱えています。毎年7000人の乳幼児が結核に感染し、なかには命を失う子どもたちもいます。結核予防にはワクチンが有効ですが、栄養バランスの良い食事が欠けるとワクチンの効果は十分に発揮されません。

そこで日本リザルツは、貧困のため進学できず、栄養に関する知識のないスラム街に住む10代の女の子を対象にケニア食堂を開店します。家族の健康を守るために何を食べたらいいのか、一緒に調理をしながら実践的な知識を学習します。そして、出来上がった料理は、ケニアのスラム街に住む子どもたちと一緒に美味しく頂きます。

もしよろしければ、私たちのプロジェクトに支援いただければと思います!また、応援の投稿やシェアいただけると非常に嬉しいです。どうぞ、よろしくお願いいたします。(トミー)

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