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Ralph Waldo Emerson once said The desire of gold is not gold It is for the means of freedom and benefit I specifically chose this quote because it was something I had often thought myself Ultimately everything we do is designed to make ourselves happy At the fundamental level we always want something in return To discern which parts mean what we must first break the quote down and find the key words to the wisdomDesire A strong feeling of wanting something to happen Means An action or system by which a result is brought about From these definitions we can deduce that from desire ofmeans of freedom and benefit Emerson really means to say that when a person seems to want money they dont want the actual money Rather it is the intermediary between what the person wants and getting it They want a means to an end such as the freedom to travel places buy things and eat the food they want The tone is very true and practical but most likely written away from daily life Perhaps the author was on the outside looking in so to speak his own life among them I believe this quote is well-reasoned primary because of complete and continuous factual evidence over the course of history When the Spanish conquerors came to America they enslaved and massacred the Native Americans instead of trying to coexist peacefully with them They wanted the new undiscovered land What about white people abusing blacks and taking them as slaves They had people they did not have to pay to do their work for them and giving them up would mean they would have to spend some of their time performing joyless tasks The Nazis slaughtered the Jews in masses for no other reason than that they were a convenient
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