Who does not love money? It's sad to say, but most people put money above everything else. Having money usually means having security, so it is certainly understandable when folks care so much about money. I'd LOVE to have more money that I do, but somehow I learned that money is not the beginning and ending of everything. I was very fortunate to be part of a family that was not at all materialistic. We sometimes didn't have all those "extras," but that was okay.
Through life I have found more and more that the happiest people are not necessarily the richest. Oh and the people who are the biggest givers are quite often the folks who have the least money in their pockets. I have seen people who can hardly pay their bills, happily volunteering their free time to charity and donating their old clothes to charity drives. Perhaps it's because folks will little money know what it is like to do without.
Let me be clear in what I am saying here though. Yes, money is important. Having and giving really makes a difference. It's important though to never rely too much on having a full pocketbook. You can easily set yourself up for disappointment. The old saying that the best things in life are free has a lot of truth in it. The worship of money can't be a healthy thing, but all of us do that to some extent. Try doing without sometimes and you will be amazed at the difference it will make.