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The Mere Acquisition of Coin

by readingthegreat, July 25, 2013

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Early in book one, Aristotle states, “for mankind always act in order to obtain that which they think good.” The wording of “they think” in his statement implies that humankind seeks “good” based on their subjective definition of the term. If humankind seeks what they think is good, it naturally falls that individuals will seek what they believe to be good for themselves, which then seems to lead naturally to the accumulation of coin because of its ability to bring material comforts.

I want to believe that money does not bring happiness. I want to believe that pursuing wealth for the “mere acquisition of coin” is a ridiculous use of one’s time, but I have a hard time reconciling this desire with the knowledge that money pays the bills, buys the bigger (and hence more comfortable) house, pays for the improvements, purchases the cars, buys the food, and provides the necessities. The more money you have, then ideally the more you can buy of all of the above. Perhaps the problem comes in the excess of money, but if the acquisition of coin leads naturally to excess, then the problem seems to be without solution.

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