Munching over snacks with a friend of mine, a thought crossed my mind.

“Can money buy you freedom?”

Money, my friend said, is the least important of all. It can never be a reason for freedom. The more you earn the more you are obliged.

What exactly is freedom? Well, I say “Freedom is being able to do what you want, whenever you want”

Then isn’t money important to do that something? Let’s take a hypothetical situation here.

A married man with kids and limited sources of earning wishes to get away from his routine life for a few days. How will he do it if he doesn’t have the money!

To this my friend counters with “You can go hitchhiking, survive with the help of nature. When you want something in life, you just got to reach out and grab it”

But for how long!

Money can’t buy happiness, it can’t buy love, and it can’t buy freedom either. But money does make obtaining these goals much, much easier. When you have money, you don’t have to worry about the basics.

When you have money, you’re able to take care of your physiological needs, like finding food and water. You’re also able to better take care of your body and your belongings, able to afford a safe place to sleep. Because money makes it easier to have these things, it further grants you the freedom to focus on higher parts of the hierarchy, such as self-esteem, confidence, and achievement. If you worried each day about how you were going to feed yourself and your family, you wouldn’t have time to pursue these higher aims. You wouldn’t have the freedom to do so.

In the end, I would say no person, rich or poor, is ever really free. A billionaire with no peace of mind can never achieve freedom. A basic amount of money is needed and would suffice, however no matter which corner of the world you go to freedom can never be achieved with a disturbed mind.

Just as Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda would say “You can achieve anything, when you have inner peace”.

True, indeed.