Life is not a joke.
Money is important for everything in your life.
Without money no one is going to respect you.
The more money you have the better you are. Whatever means you can earn, earn it.
I have seen personally from college days, the gang hangs around only with the folks with money.
The friends for life are the ones, who I met during school days, middle class. Speak to them once a while, they don't have anything in the hidden agenda to have friendship. In the modern email world, I do have a friend who writes long letters to me. I have not met him since my marriage.