Ralph Waldo Emerson was most notably known for his poetry, but he was also an essayist, lecturer and philosophical leader of his time.
Money is one of the things that moves the world. If there's something that everyone wants and needs, that connects everyone in a common interest, it is money. It's a necessity. It enables you to have the basics (at minimum) of what you need to survive. The better you are at earning, saving, growing, and protecting our money, the chances are greater that you will have a more comfortable lifestyle and ultimately a more powerful, influential, and significant impact on your family and the people you come in contact with every day.
It's because of the importance it holds, that money can become a weapon of great power. It implies a lot of effort to obtain it, with work, organization, strategy, analysis, everything that needs to be studied in order to multiply it and lead you straight to getting rich, all these aspects give it a value beyond a simple number that it seems to be.
Instead of seeing the positive ways that money can enhance the most important things in life like our health, family relationships, and friendships, most people would rather scorn money and tell you how it can destroy the things we hold closest to our hearts.
Don't listen to negative people who don't know any better. The truth is, money is not the most important thing in life, but it will do the most important things in life so much better.
So it should not cost your soul, relationships, dignity, health, intelligence, or joy in the simplest things in life. Those that prevent that from happening and truly align their values with their money have the strongest sense of personal wealth and well-being. Those are the real reasons money is so important.