Code of Morals

“When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals. We shall be able to rid ourselves of many of the pseudo-moral principles which have hag-ridden us for two hundred years, by which we have exalted some of the most distasteful of human qualities into the position of the highest virtues. We shall be able to afford to dare to assess the money-motive at its true value. The love of money as a possession — as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life — will be recognized for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease.”
― John Maynard Keynes

Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren

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  2. I deeply believe that our culture/society needs a different relationship with money, and also as a mental health professional I kind of hate this quote. Let’s not continue stigmatizing people who need mental health treatment. Disgust and shuddering, really? I think the path of progress for our society lies in changing our view of money but also in de-pathologizing mental health struggles and de-stigmatizing the process of getting help from different kinds of healers.