IS MONEY MORE IMPORTANT THAN LOVE ?is money more important than love ? or is it not ?

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Like most posts have specified already, philosophically or etherially speaking, anyone would admit that love is more "important" than money.  But I think the question here is, "In what context?"

Is love more important than money to survive?  No.
Is love enough to keep most relationships together?  Statistically speaking, no.

We live in a society where many character virtues have been put on the back burner to things like success, wealth, prestige, and popularity.  Most of these things are gained much more quickly with money, rather than with love.

pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, a great many marriages go through difficulty or even end because of financial strain. While it would be nice to be able to say that love is all you need, you do need some money as well in order to be able to enjoy your life and your relationships. Love alone won't keep a roof over your head.

That being said, having enough money to provide a decent lifestyle should be enough. People who ignore personal relationships to pursue wealth are missing out on life.


litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My first reaction to this question is to say that money is absolutely not more important than love. Unfortunately, it's quite a bit more complicated than that. In a perfect world, finding and keeping love should be the more important thing, and money should not be a factor. However, we live in a world where that is just not possible. Money is necessary to live. I do think having love is more important than having an abuncance of money. It's all about finding balance.

Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I don't think money is more important than love. While I do generally agree with Maslow's hierarchy, I think it's important to point ou that we can get our basic needs met without money. We can farm, grow our own food, etc. Love is a basic human need as well. It's right up there with securing our physical existence. We need to experience the affection, security and sense of belonging that come from being loved.
vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree completely with the answer above. I'd simply add that having someone to love and be loved by can certainly make it easier to cope with the various challenges life throws our way, including lack of sufficient funds.  I recently saw a photo of a homeless person whose dog was nestled close against him as they slept together. It was a touching reminder of the importance of loving and being loved.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with Posts 5 and 6.  Money truly is important in our lives.  In fact, you could say that money is absolutely necessary if we are to have any sort of life at all.  If we are literally without money, we starve and die.

If we have money but not love, we do not die.  But we may not have a life that is as rich as if we had love as well.  So, as Post 5 says, it's all about balance.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think it's realistically possible to compare the two. They are completely different concepts - money is a tangible commodity that can be objectively measured; love is intangible, not capable of being objectively evaluated. Both are important, but in completely different contexts and under widely varying sets of circumstances.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might like to consider the way in which couples which have lots of money (I'm thinking of Hollywood actors here) seem to experience more break ups than poorer couples. As much as we would think otherwise, perhaps money is not a substitute for genuine love and having money has its own pressures.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you think about Maslov's hierarchy of needs, then I would say that money, at least enough to provide for basic necessities, is more important than love, which is a higher order need. Maslov contends that one can't really achieve higher needs until the lower needs are met, so money is important.