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Love and Money

Updated on October 30, 2007

A matter of linguistics?

All of us want, need, seek and like love and money. (Of course, there must be exceptions here and there. Too few to matter, you will agree.)

But then, are love and money equally powerful? Can love do all that money can and vice versa?

Love elevates and humbles; inspires and motivates; strengthens and weakens. Yes, love can do many things. All of us have experienced and witnessed its power in myriad ways.

Money, arguably, can do a lot of things, too. Examples are aplenty, and enumeration superfluous.

There is but one difference between them.

Love is, like money, a noun; but it is also, unlike money, a verb.

Love has an object, a purpose. I love you. I love you because you are so unselfish and generous.

Love is active, and promotes the good. I love Nature, and plant trees. I love jogging, and keep myself fit.

As a transitive verb - I love you - it is tireless and beautiful. In its intransitive form, it is absolutely sublime. Humans love. Animals love. Birds love. Even ‘I love' sounds like ‘I breathe' and ‘I enjoy', doesn't it?

Can that be said of money? You don't say "I money ...". It makes no sense, because money is not a verb. The strange derivative ‘moneyed', employed as an adjective, is inelegant, and a poor substitute for ‘rich' and ‘wealthy'. The plural ‘monies' is downright ugly and, thankfully, rarely used.

Discarding prejudices and at the risk of being thought of as mercenary, one can even say ‘I love money' and make sense. But can one say ‘I money love' and even begin to make any sense?

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      Satomi Garba 6 years ago

      Love is patient nd kind.

      Love is nt jealous or proud.

      Love is nt selfish.

      Love dnt kip a record of wrong.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Money is the root of all evil..Tis better to have Loved and lost..then to have never loved at all. can't really say that about money?

      To me money is a necessary evil..More or less doesn't matter to me..love on the other hand matters each and everyday..true Love which can mean so many different things to so many people is the reason we are here,,Is what makes us want to express ourselves,is what makes us feel whole..It is a God given blessing.

      Treat it well..treat it kindly..treat it with honesty..babbling again sorry..Great Hub my dear G-Ma :O)

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      I have to believed love came a long time before money.

      I have survive on no money or perhaps too little.

      I do not believe one survives very long without love.

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      I have to believe love came a long time before money.

      I have survive on no money or perhaps too little.

      I do not believe one survives very long without love.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Money can be used to show love, but love shouldn't be used to get money.

      'I love money' and 'I earn love' are sad manifestations of the mercenary world.

      Great hub, please continue!

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