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Is Money The Most Important Thing in Life?

What a question, no? People who are realistic in life would definitely say yes, while others would stand by no, perhaps saying that happiness is instead the most important thing in life. But if you do not have a stand and are sitting on the fence, here is a post that will weigh the pros and cons about the proposition (money is the most important thing in life) and the opposition (money is not the most important thing in life). This ‘debate’ is made up of the proposition and opposition, which is bold and not styled respectively. Here goes a little mini, online ‘debate’ between . . . well, one person!

Proposition: Money is the most important thing in life.

Opposition: Money is not the most important thing in life. Instead, happiness is the most important thing in life.

Proposition: There is a lot of discrimination against poor people and this may cause the poor people to feel stressed and frustrated, resulting in suicide. People do not want to be friends with them and they will feel bad about themselves.

Opposition: Money cannot buy love or friends. Love and friends require time, and while, if you think on the bright side, perhaps money can buy friends, the friends will not be genuine and will instead like you for your money and not your personality. If you use money to buy love, you will hurt the person who was misled and the person will hate money for making his or her life miserable.

Proposition: You can buy love and friends. Love and friendship takes time to blossom, and more time together will make it blossom faster.

Opposition: A person will only like you for your personality to love you or be your friend. Why spend the money if all you need is your personality and, according to your point, more time together?

Proposition: Without money, you cannot buy a house and will be homeless, which will make you unhappy and miserable.

Opposition: That may be true, but while money can buy a house, it cannot buy a home filled with family warmth and love. That is something money cannot buy no matter what.

Proposition: Money can buy things you want and like, which makes you happy.

Opposition: Those are things you want and like, not what you need.

Proposition: Money can buy our daily necessities that will keep us alive, like water and food. Happiness cannot.

Opposition: Even if you are full and not starving, if you are not happy that does not mean anything. If you are starving but happy, you will be contented to die or have more will to live because happiness is keeping you alive.

Proposition: When you pass away, money can give you a grand funeral and make sure your legacy is preserved.

Opposition: The grand funeral will still make people sad, no matter how much money was spent on it. Instead, if the people around you are still living on and happy that you have gone to a better place, you will feel better. At the same time, you can’t bring your money to the grave.

Proposition: If you want to build your talent – perhaps something musical – you need money to buy the instruments, hire an agent and rent a recording studio to record your singing if you are a singer.

Opposition: Even if you have all the money to buy the instruments, hire an agent and rent a recording studio, if your music is not good, it is pointless. If you have talent, however, you have a higher chance of getting the instruments, agent and recording studio at no cost because agents would take care of things for you as they want to sign you.

Proposition: That may be true, but to show the agent your talent, you will need an instrument, which costs money.

Opposition: You can borrow the instrument from your friend if your friend has the instrument you want. If they do not, music shops often allow you to use the instruments, mainly for testing but it could be for practising too. If there is a will, there is a way.

If you agree or disagree with any points made in this little ‘debate’, please tell me about it in the comments section! It would be nice to see what my readers think of this ‘debate’ and whether they think that money is the most important thing in life, or otherwise, what is the most important thing in life.

At the same time, if you are still sitting on the fence, no worries. Sometimes, the pros of having money will drag you towards the side of the proposition, but feelings and thoughts tug you towards the opposition. I am the same way – just smack in the middle – so do not worry if you are like me! Oh, and by the way, this is an excellent conversation starter for anyone, from family to friends to colleagues. Do tell me about conversations you have started with this question – if any. I love reading responses from others!

How to Fix Your iPhone’s Battery Life Problem?

One of the main problems being faced by IPhone users is that of small battery life. Well, should we expect the IPhone to offer battery life comparable with the ordinary cell phone’s battery life? Those who have paid for it would say: Either they should have fixed all such issues or they shouldn’t have charged that high for it. Remember that everything has a cost. It might be the possibility that with what IPhone has to offer to its customers and with the tech we have now, it’s not possible to offer that much battery life.
There are ways to fix this problem to some extent, ways we would be talking about in short time. While some of them would be requiring turning off some features and applications, others wouldn’t be requiring any such compromise.

Tip # 1: Use IPhone’s Auto-brightness feature

IPhone’s display is one of the few things that consume most of its battery. The Auto-brightness feature ensures that the display is not consuming more power than is required, by adjusting the screen brightness to the light it’s being exposed to.
All IPhones come with ambient light sensors. These sensors react to the ambient light intensity and adjust the brightness of the screen in response to what they sense.If it’s darker around, your IPhone would react by setting the brightness to a lower intensity; this would not only help conserving the power but would also help making it easier for you to look at the screen by reducing the eye strain.

Tip # 2: Don’t leave your IPhone’s Bluetooth turned ON

Both transmitting and receiving data via Bluetooth consumes power. Turn it ON when you need to do so, keeping it turned ON at all times would only lower the battery life of your IPhone. To turn OFF the Bluetooth would require you to open “Settings”, find Bluetooth in “General” and move it’s slider to “OFF”.

Tip # 3: Turn OFF your IPhone’s 3G

To get the quicker data speeds and higher quality calls using your IPhone’s 3G requires power. Here’s a trade-off to make: Longer battery life on the cost of getting used to slower-than-3G EDGE network. To disable your IPhone’s 3G, open “Settings”, find “Network” in “General” and slide the “Enable 3G” slider to “OFF”. That’s it.

Tip # 4: Turn OFF your IPhone’s Wi-Fi

Your IPhone’s Wi-Fi is one of those major battery drainers that are responsible for its fast battery depletion. It may be allowing you to browse faster than you could with your IPhone’s 3G but keeping it turned ON in search of an open hotspot is not something that’s recommended. Turn OFF your IPhone’s Wi-Fi until you really have found an open hotspot and unless you really need to make use of it.
To turn your Wi-Fi OFF, go to “Settings” and slide the Wi-Fi slider to “OFF”.

Tip # 5: Use Auto-Lock for your IPhone’s screen

It does not take a technician’s understanding to get the hold of the fact that leaving your IPhone’s screen shining brightly is one of those factors responsible for lowering its battery life. Make use of the Auto-Lock feature of your IPhone; adjust the time you would like your IPhone to wait before Auto-Locking the screen and you are set. Set this timer to as less time as possible, this would make sure that you are saving as much battery as is possible without making any compromise with the use. Making the most of this feature would not only help elongate your IPhone’s battery life but would also save you the trouble that may be caused by accidental screen touch.

Tip # 6: Turn OFF your IPhone’s location services

One of the things that make your IPhone real fun is its built-in GPS; it not only helps you locate yourself but also makes it easier for you to get directions while driving. With the help of some applications, your IPhone’s location services also help you locate eating and meeting places in your area, like restaurants, bars and hang-outs. While being so much fun, these location services are one of those few that make up the list of real IPhone battery drainers.
Turn “Location Services” OFF when you are not using them. To turn them OFF, go to the “Settings”, find “Location Services” in the “General” sub menu and slide the slider to “OFF”.

Tip # 7: Turn data push OFF

Keeping this feature turned ON means allowing your IPhone to access wireless networks, automatically suck e-mail, other data you might be interested in and costing you your IPhone’s battery life. To reduce the number of times your IPhone connects to the network and thus elongate your IPhone’s battery life, turn data push OFF.
Go to the “Settings”, in the “Mail, Contacts, Calendar” sub menu, slide “Fetch New Data” bar to “OFF”.

Tip # 8: Turn OFF your IPhone’s equalizer

Your IPhone’s equalizer feature enhances your audio’s quality by adjusting its Bass, Treble and other such characteristics, the bitter fact attached to it is that it’s also one of those things that lower the battery life of your smart phone. By turning OFF the equalizer, you would not only elongate your IPhone’s battery life but would also elongate the time you could enjoy listening to your collection without being distracted by a “battery low!!!” warning.
To turn OFF your IPhone’s equalizer, go to the “Settings”, find “EQ” in the “IPod” sub menu and turn it OFF. That’s it.

Tip # 9: Get more battery

In case, all these tips do not work for you, make sure that you equip yourself with a battery backup. There are many 3rd parties out there like “Mophie” and “Kensington” that offer extended life batteries for your IPhone; the good part is that while they are offering really effective solutions, the price is not that high. Mophie’s Juice Pack Pro would cost you mere $129; look at the features it is offering and you would say it’s really worth it. It has got an impact resistant design with a battery capacity of 2500mAh, a standby switch allows you to choose when to charge while 4 LEDs at the bottom allow you to keep track of how much power is left in your Juice Pack Pro.