I remember you talking about this on our podcast conversation, and I loved it then. (Here’s the clip, in fact)
I think it all comes down to values. Money is a representation of value. It’s a good representation of value, but it’s not a perfect representation of value. There’s also curiosity, comfort, happiness, and sanity. They all have value.
If you maximize money, you’re minimizing something else.
Unfortunately, if it can be measured, some people are biased toward obsessing over it. When you consider that money is supposed to represent value, then pursuit of money over all other things of value is really a perversion of the whole point of money.