Love Over Wealth and Knowledge: Let Me Count the Ways

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Love Over Wealth and Knowledge: Let Me Count the Ways is the author’s take on the interesting and debatable question: If you could only pick one, would you rather have Unlimited Wealth, Immeasurable Knowledge, or Everlasting Love? Why?

To those who are asking what I would choose,

Let me make my stand crystal-clear.  I am not disregarding wealth and knowledge in the human pursuit of happiness in this world, as that would be absolute foolishness. When faced with the question of choosing only one among Unlimited Wealth, Immeasurable Knowledge, and Everlasting Love, coming up with the answer can be difficult but I choose Everlasting Love. So let me count the ways…

We can live and be happy without Unlimited Wealth. We just need to have enough to live a decent life and have reasonable allowance to experience once in a while, extraordinary pleasures made possible by having the money to spend on it. What is interesting however is that our humanity makes the experience remarkable only when shared with someone or people we love. Having so much money while having no one to share it with makes it so empty. Oh so you say you have your friends, but what happens when they have to head home to their own loved ones? Oh so now you say you can buy company, but that doesn’t even come close to the feeling of having someone beside you whose time and attention you don’t need to pay for.

True love is not blind. It recognizes the need for material things in maintaining a relationship. It is not as if you can look at each other’s eyes all day long and hope that your love will last forever while both of you go hungry. Everlasting Love makes you want to take care of each other that even hard work becomes bearable. Wealth is good, there is no question about that but having it in unlimited quantity can be dangerous. It can give one a false sense of entitlement, leading to the belief that he or she can get anything. The only time that having Unlimited Wealth makes sense is when it is used to help others and that leads us right back to love.

We can live and be happy without Immeasurable Knowledge. Again, we just need to have enough to live productive lives that will ensure that we can work and follow through with out respective life goals. I will be the first one to admit that there is a different high in learning but knowledge in immeasurable quantity? Nah… not for me.

True love is not stupid. It acknowledges the fact that a certain degree of knowledge, wisdom, and insight has to be acquired to keep it going. Everlasting Love inspires you to be the best that you can be so you can give the best of what life has to offer to your loved one. Knowledge is useful but why desire it in extreme quantity unless you will use it for the good of humanity. You guess it right … so once more we’re back to love.

We can only claim that we truly lived and experienced that elusive happiness once we have Eternal Love. The problem with this proposition is that most people will automatically equate it to romantic love. Romantic love, especially the kind that has permanency in its agenda is definitely one of the most priceless gifts available to mankind. Love however, comes in different forms and the universal truth is that man needs to love and feel loved to thrive.

I choose Eternal Love over Unlimited Wealth and Immeasurable Knowledge because it is the only thing that will not corrupt in excessive quantities. Possessiveness isn’t love. Neither is abuse. Eternal Love may have a defined beginning with no expected ending. It grows with you, adjusts when needed, and supports with full understanding. We can actually have all three, but never in equal amounts. Our priorities determine our path.

For someone as imperfect as me who has committed so many mistakes and continue to falter every now and then in my life’s journey, I am comforted with the thought that I have someone who loves me. We work together to come up with our own version of wealth. We learn together and apply the knowledge we acquire in real life. Most importantly, we love each other unconditionally and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

It can take us a whole lifetime to realize that unlimited wealth and immeasurable knowledge will not really matter at the end, but knowing that someone has given us his or her everlasting love in one life time validates the fact that we did really matter.

For before I take my last breathe, there is nothing else I would like to hear than words telling me that I will be missed, remembered, and continued to be loved. Then, and only then will I know I have lived my life well.

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13 Responses to “Love Over Wealth and Knowledge: Let Me Count the Ways”

  1. Nova says:

    I love the caption on the top and well said about it too. You are right at the end of all the material things, love and care can never be replace by any sort of wealth and money

  2. “For before I take my last breathe, there is nothing else I would like to hear than words telling me that I will be missed, remembered, and continued to be loved. Then, and only then will I know I have lived my life well.” – at the end of the day, what matters is how many lives we have touched and souls we have inspired. We are not remembered for what we have but what have have given.

  3. Elizabeth O. says:

    I would probably pick love. I was raised in a way that love is the center of our bond as a family and not money. But knowledge is tempting as well.

  4. I will choose the same. 🙂 All else fades and eventually will become trivial at our deathbed.

  5. msbolin says:

    when in doubt, we always go back to our family rule — do things that move you to love. with love, we all know we will never go wrong.

  6. Oooh the deadline for this is today. Nice. Yeah, I would pick everlasting love too. And I agree true love does not go blind on material necessities. 🙂

  7. Love is the greatest thing. NO matter how wealthy you are if you don’t have love, you feel empty.

  8. You can’t take wealth with you at the end of your life so it’s good to invest in non-material things as well.

  9. Love will always stand out above all things… Very nice write up indeed… Thank youforthe inspiration 🙂

  10. sarah tirona says:

    how inspiring! 🙂

  11. ninasogue says:

    Love is such a great force. This post very heartfelt 🙂

  12. Jhecel says:

    Sometimes it surprises me how love would always be the answer to our problem. Most likely on choosing between wealth, knowledge and love.

  13. I choose eternal love. And this is true with my husband. I have learned to let go of my unmet expectations and just continue to contented and growing at the same time.


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