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A person's first priority in life should be financial security.
Describe a specific situation in which a person's first priority in life might not be financial security.
Discuss what you think determines whether or not a person's first priority in life should be financial security.
In today's modern society, everything surrounds money and financial stability. In today’s market in order for an individual to have the ability to purchase anything from food, clothing, housing or healthcare he must pay for it. Therefore, in order to survive, the individual must earn a certain income for himself to continue living and supporting himself. This means, when an individual has to take care of himself on his own, his first goal in life should be to earn money and guarantee financial stability for the rest of his life because no one else will do it for him. Both American and Canadian societies put a strong emphasis on capitalism, individualism, and self growth. As a result, an individual that wishes to progress through life and acquire his own independence must have financial security first in a capitalist society.
Nevertheless, there may be a situation in which a person's first priority in life might not be financial security. Many parents realize today that the first priority for their children is to acquire knowledge and education. No matter how expensive or how difficult it is, parents decide to send their young ones to universities in order for them to acquire a good education that will provide the foundation to a successful career in the future. A good example of why education should be a person's first priority in life is the lottery. Along the years, many people who have dreamed and actually won the lottery believed that since they have won millions of dollars they are now set for life and have nothing to worry about. However, studies show that many of them have lost all their money in a very short time and now struggle with bills and debts. Many of them lack education and therefore do not know how to handle their money and where to invest it.
Circumstances that determine whether or not a person's first priority in life should be financial security are the society and environment in which a person lives in. If a person decides to establish his life and future in capitalist society, his first priority in life should be financial security because without money and financial stability that individual will not be able to support himself or his family and therefore will find himself struggling to survive in an environment where everything is trade off for money. However, many people build their own little communities and tribes that provide all the essential food and material for their members to survive. Such environment does not require financial security because everybody has to work in order for the community to survive and support itself. A person's first priority in this type of environment could be to find his own spirituality, deepest value and meaning of life and love. Ultimately, in the 21st century, many societies and countries demand that the person's first priority in life should be financial security, but there are exceptions where people disconnect themselves and move away from the modern life and try to build their own life style where financial security is not the first priority.