True Financial Freedom – Redzone 4/6Administrator
When are we financially free? The general maths in this regard is More Money Equals More Freedom.
In the painting of Quentin Matsys, The Moneylender and His Wife (1514, Louvre, Paris) the power of money is beautifully depicted. The clothing of the characters tells us that the artist argues for the fact that the Bible reading wife, with her bright clothes, are the wealthier of the two. The moneylender’s wife, however, is noticeably distracted towards the money, which almost makes us believe that the artist is giving into the notion that More Money Equals More Freedom. Then, we notice a vital object in the painting. On the table is a mirror and in the mirror a window displaying the freedom of the outdoors becomes visible. The message of the artist? Maybe the invitation that we should not be confined to the limiting and destructive powers of money, or even by the constraints of religious piety, but rather find the window of freedom. A large amount of money, or even plenty of Bible reading does not make one necessarily free. When it comes to financial freedom; the unstoppable urge towards more, and more money does not liberate; it enslaves. We call it greed. Greed unleashes anxiousness and robs a person of joy. It makes a person frustrated and unhappy because you just cannot get enough of what you can’t have. True financial freedom therefore does not start with having lots of money. It rather starts with having plenty of freedom. It is only a person deeply rooted within freedom who can manage money as an empowered person. To be financially free therefore, starts at the window in the mirror in the painting of Matsys.