There are certainly things that money can do -- provide luxuries, influence people, support good causes, and of course, make more money. There are also things that money can't do -- provide happiness, inspire love, build communities, create art, develop faith. In fact, some of these are better developed when there isn't much money.
Then there are things that are being influenced by money that shouldn't be -- politics, of course. But also human rights. People of wealth are treated better than people of limited means. They have better access to health care, education, even food and water. What kind of planet are we running here, where it takes money to meet the basic human needs of water, shelter, food, health, and education? Is that really what we want? Well, of course, that goes back to politics and who is making the decisions about human rights. We have to use our voting power more effectively to create the world we want to live in.
Most importantly, I think, are the things that we are led to believe require money, but don't in reality. Money makes us lazy. It encourages us to choose the easy roads, the expedient results. Without it, we work harder. We need one another more. We think more about our priorities and come up with very different values than most wealthy folks. We share and communicate and give and care and do more good.
In building this charity, we're finding that there is even more food being thrown away than we were aware of, and businesses are being wonderful about allowing us to take it. We're finding dozens and dozens of local organizations that are helping people in need, and they're grateful for the food we're able to send their way. We're finding volunteer drivers and people to tend our booth and stores willing to carry our brownies. This is all happening with almost no money. Now we have a major need -- storage.
We have to have a place to organize donations, repackage food, and sometimes even cook. We keep thinking we need more money to rent space or pay for kitchen time or buy shelving. We don't. We need to tear down an old shed and build a new one, run water and power to it, and put in some shelves. We need to work with local merchants to get donated materials. We need to ask skilled friends to dig down to the sewer line so we can run a drain.
Sure, it would be easier to grow if we had a bunch of money and could hire someone to just handle this project. But what good would that do? Would it make more people aware of our causes? Would it give anyone without a bunch of money an opportunity to contribute, to make a difference? Would it develop relationships, build community, open doors to possibilities we've never dreamed of? Of course not!
Money makes a lot of things easier, sure. But there is very little in life that is better because of money. It may not be the root of all evil, but I believe it has a lot to do with laziness. It takes a lot more work to get through life without money. That work brings returns that wealthy people can't even imagine.