Function of Money

Many may ask themselves and others: What is the matter with business? What is clogging the wheels of commerce? Some may answer that it is fear; some may say that it is selfishness, or greed, or hard competition, or rivalry. And without doubt, all these transient qualities need to be reckoned with. But there is another error which should be recognized; and that is a wrong sense of money and its relation to business and society, because it is wrong thinking about money which largely obstructs business activities. It is partly because so many make money, rather than service, the object of work and business, because money functions as the master rather than as the servant of humanity, that business is often retarded and industries languish. Said the French philosopher: "If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that it may be said to possess him."

Recognizing these statements as true in regard to the general thought about money, and noting how wrong concepts of its proper function interfere with success in business, may we not briefly note the corrective thinking which Christian Science enables mankind to apply to the problem? Mrs. Eddy speaks of supply and demand as under divine law. Now money is merely a human agency whereby supplies for human existence may be more readily distributed to meet the needs of men, women, and children everywhere.

The Open Door
October 10, 1925

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