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Topics For Thanksgiving: Does Man Have Value Without Money?

Updated on November 29, 2013
Me age 8. Always the baby of the family!!
Me age 8. Always the baby of the family!!

This question often comes up in my family Thanksgiving meals. Is a man worth anything without money?

For those of us who don't have much money, are our lives still productive and worthwhile?

I would have to say yes for myself and my opinion. Yes, there is more to man than money. Especially today in our economy, many skilled people are left jobless. Why? It just happens.

Does a man have to have money or be rich to matter? of course not.

When the argument comes up, if you are disabled or don't make much money, should that matter to anyone else? Who gets the right to decide and tell you if you're valuable? Is it just money? No, it's a person's character, what they do with their time, how and if they help others, and sometimes following your dream or utilizing your talents does not always produce money. What it can produce is many good things though. For writers, I know they can share a lot of useful information such as the folks on hubpages. Even though most or many make little money or none, we are using our time, to produce good articles and perhaps that's what we're best at. So what if we are not rich?


Yes, we can be rich in spirit. Rich in love. Rich in devotion. Rich in character, in knowledge, in guiding others, in being good supports and listeners. Our talents may not make us rich but they make us valuable.


Money does not make a person valuable. At least it shouldn't by my standards. It's like when you're in school and you are from a poor family, and the other kids treat you mean because you don't have name brand clothes, is that right? No. But the argument is, when you're an adult, you should have the money to buy good clothes, right? Not necessarily. There are as I mentioned above, many educated people today who cannot get jobs in this economy and who says you have to be rich or well off? Some people don't care for material things or money. They may be few, but there are those who would prefer to work only one job, not three, and have less money but be stress free! That's really a personal choice.


No, lack of money does not mean you're lazy necessarily. Yes there are some or many who don't put in any effort, who could, who get a disability check. Who are these people? Not me. Why can I say it's not me? Well, currently, I'm not working but not by choice. I mean I would like a secretarial job or office job as a receptionist or other, but it seems very hard to acquire, but you know what, I'll continue to look.

As for the other part(s) though, yes I have a disability an sometimes it acts up, and stress is something that makes it worse. One of the things I like to do, which is writing, has actually produced an income. It is a small income though, but it is a job, right? It's not like I do nothing with my time, and the better I feel, the more I can do.

Another thing I do, is help my mother and family. Yes, my mom is 80 and I have two siblings at least I am currently helping. If that makes me "useless" or "not good enough" then I guess I have no 'chance' in these people's eyes...

But do I care and should I care?

It doesn't keep me up at night, no. I would like more respect, yes. But I don't expect it and I will settle for what it is- it is what it is. I cannot control other people's thoughts and opinions. I do appreciate their help or suggestions.


Money does not make a person valuable. That is what some go by, but thankfully not everyone because it's in my opinion close minded. In fact there are so many qualities that make a person valuable, not to mention, we are all created equal and by our constitution all men should be treated as equals.

It does give great self esteem to have a job, and it's wonderful we have hubpages which could do better giving out paychecks, especially RECENTLY, but as I say, even if you don't make much money, that does not mean anything.

If you're able to live, and are getting by with another income, then great.

If you're other income is disability, most likely there's a REASON you are on it, and most likely a good one!


don't let others place their idea of value on you. You know you are what you are, and you don't need people who do not love you because you have less money to approve. It's their problem if that's how they place value, not yours.

Note: Those who identify themselves as worthless without money could be projecting their insecurities about money on you.. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving!


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      schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago

      Thanks torrilynn! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can complete this hub, and it will better meet HP standards. :)

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      thanks for this information. it was a nice read. voted up.