On Chasing Mone…

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On Chasing Money:
“Trout [the fictional author], incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds. Its fruit was diamonds. It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer.
So it goes.”
– Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse Five

Money is the root of all evil.

And they are deep roots to kill too. 

It is so easy to find our worth in it too. Today, I post this short, sweet paragraph from Kurt Vonnegut’s brilliant, darkly funny, very bizarre novel Slaughterhouse Five. This paragraph stands out in the novel as a powerful quip on humans:

Whatever we chase on earth will likely kill us and use our martyrdom for fertilizer. 

Not chases are worthless, but the ones that end in green are. It is easy to get caught up in grabbing the green, flowering bonds and stock options. It is easy to snatch the shimmering diamonds of wealth. But what is it worth?

I share this excerpt as it is not only on my mind today, but also has been one of my favorite, most poignant paragraphs I’ve read. Enjoy!


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