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Room 101 and Money


I’m back with yet another Room 101 post, and I have to thank Poetic from Stranger Than Fiction at http://po3tic.com
for providing me with the idea – THANK YOU Poetic!!!!!

Room 101 posts; I write about what I hate or dislike about one topic. In my post I have to try to persuade you, the reader, that the points I have raised are valid enough to consign the topic to Room 101. Therefore, you the reader have to get involved, leave me your opinions and decide if this topic is worthy or Room 101. After this, please then leave me your ideas for further Room 101 topics.

Further note: I would ask all contributors to be RESPECTFUL to the opinions of others. This is not an opportunity to ‘shout’ others down or forcibly exert your own opinion over anyone else’s. THANK YOU.

Room 101 and Money: What I Hate about Money (or the root of all evil).

Money makes money, and while the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. What I dislike the most about money is the inequity it can bring to people and to life.

Let’s be honest, money does in fact make people’s life easier.

With money more opportunities, possibilities and doors are open to you. With money you don’t necessarily have to prove your worth, other than by flashing your cash (your literal worth). It seems that if you have wealth, you’re somehow more important to everyone, and those with wealth are very nearly untouchable. Unlike the rest of us, many of the wealthy aren’t always subject to the same laws, rules, governance and so on that dominate our lives and circumstances.

It seems that having money elevates you and your standing in the world; which seems so superficial and cold. I cannot quite understand how anyone can be measured solely on one element of themselves, and that element is strictly material based. Sometimes it seems that people value money more than their own self or ‘soul’. Without money, it seems that you are merely left behind in the world, and the division money creates in life only increases between those who have and those who don’t have.

This division is very clear when we consider the daily and force-fed media messages we receive. Telling us all that we have to spend money, we have to obtain money and that we have to emulate the life of some rich and powerful person. Money signifies status, grandeur, power, beauty and success and so on, One example of this, and one I particularly hate, is glib programmes regarding the money and lifestyles of the rich; the Russian billionaires, the business tycoons, the footballers, the ‘pop’ stars and so on. I find this type of ‘information’ to be trashy and inappropriate, especially when nearly 1/2 of the world’s population, more than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, that’s less than $1.25 a day, and not to forget the 2. 1 billion children worldwide living in poverty.

I know these programmes are supposed to offer escapism from the reality that people are impoverish, and are scraping by in meagre existences. But, it feels as though all of this wealth promotion is just a slap in our already sore faces. All of this wealth culture seems to be saying that ordinary life isn’t good enough, because it is missing something, and that ‘profound’ something is the absence of a large bank account, oh, and a yacht.

For those of us without a yacht we still live a life; why then are we made to feel that we’re missing out? Why is it we are told we have to be wealthy or at least pretend to be? The myth of wealth creation annoys me too, because no one wants to accept that gaining wealth often is a hopeless hope and impossible dream. It is rather like the ‘stick’ the lottery conjures every week to make us yearn for the ‘carrot’. People pin their entire hopes on winning the big ticket so they can change their lives overnight. I actually know people who have a lottery plan, and in this is everything they will do, once they win (good luck with that one). I feel these people are wasting their lives by chasing money that will in reality never be theirs. They seem to believe that without this money their lives are empty and their being is meaningless. Yes, money does have a great power to motivate us all in our lives, so much so that people will kill, lie, cheat, steal, bribe, kidnap and all the other bad things we will do just to get it.

Is it fair that so few have so much?? When you consider that eighty people have as much wealth as 50% of the rest of humanity it kind of makes you wonder why, and who those people actually are and what they actually do?! I am not suggesting that we redistribute wealth. In my opinion that won’t work. Yet when people make money, such gargantuan amounts, do they ever stop to think about those who don’t literally have a pot to urinate in? Do they ever think about how they actually made that money? Do they consider just how privileged they are in the world? Do they even try to make a difference and help others? In many cases I doubt they do, and not because they don’t necessarily have a moral conscience. It is just because if they were so eager to change the system that provided them with money, then they would no longer be wealthy and reside in such a privileged position in life. Money does after all make money, and the system helps to grease the wheels that turn it.

So for me, I suppose I hate what the prospect of money can do. How it can turn people into greedy, lying, cheating, desperate sharks. I hate how money unsettles the balance of power and control in life. I hate how poorer people are often left to founder when there is so much wealth in world. I hate how we value money often more than life and that without money people feel that their life and selves are unfulfilled and stunted.

What do you think??

Let me have your opinions, and let me know if you think what I hate about money deserves a place in Room 101.

Give me your ideas for another Room 101 topic I can post about     

 

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13 thoughts on “Room 101 and Money

  1. Many apologies for my late comment but life often gets in the way of what we’d rather be doing. Fantastic take on money, you’ve got such a beautiful mind Bex, I’d love nothing more than to get a drink with you and spend the evening picking your brain until the sun came up…someday perhaps! 🙂

  2. Interesting topic and well written. Personally I feel money by itself is not to blame but it is how we use it for the general good that is important.
    Thanks and cheers 🙂

    • Hey there, many thanks for dropping by, getting involved and leaving a comment. Appreciate it as always. Yes, but how unfortunate it is that many people forget all that once they have money. Thanks again, Bex

  3. Wonderful dissection of the topic! I couldn’t agree more!
    Speaking from an American standpoint, the socioeconomic status of an individual plays a huge role in their success. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a comfortable, nuclear, upper middle class, family. However, I am even more fortunate to have had the education I did, as well as learn the paths of others that surround me.
    Countless studies have shown the impact of money. Money can grant you education, leisure, health, happiness. It’s hard to deny that those with money stand in a higher social realm. Therefore, if you come from money, you tend to have higher health literacy, education, higher paying jobs, “white collar” careers, and so forth.
    I wish that the world could survive on a sort of trade system – leaving people to rely on their talents, creations, art, etc.
    Money plays too closely into classifications, racial barriers, new money v. old money, etc. I understand the purpose of money, but I also see how much of a paradox it is. How can something be so powerful on a global scale, yet be the most fickle and fragile standard of all?

    PS: Possible topic idea: Social Media and its role with Political Campaigns

    • Thank you for your compliment, I truly appreciate that. I thank you also for your input and response to the topic, and particularly liked your question; “How can something be so powerful on a global scale, yet be the most fickle and fragile standard of all?” This exactly reflects my sentiment throughout the post, and it is what I feel to be the truth of the matter. I don’t quite understand the oddity money represents, but it seems we have become so used to it, we don’t question it.
      Yes, I feel money is often a sole factor in deciding the life status people have, or to what extend they can achieve their desired goals. Not always though. Money has never really ruled my life, thoughts, motivation or anything else. I know it is important, but I won’t spend a lifetime crying because of it; mainly because I have seen too many people consumed by it, or the lack of it. Whatever I have achieved; education, career, travel, I have done so via my own money. I have never relied on family or others for money, because I was always told I had to go out and make it for myself!!! I therefore know what it is like to make my own way, and not require a large bank account to do so. I do like my luxuries though (I’m allowed some vices!!) and I have lived well, maybe better than most, but money isn’t what makes my world spin. If I can pay my way and live my life as I wish to, then I am happy.
      This is where balance is involved; life is balance – give and take, ups and downs. That is what people who often spend a lifetime chasing or revelling in money seem to lose sight of, but all of that balance makes the nuances of reality special. At the end of the day money is money; it cannot really make you, you have to make it become something worthwhile and special (not just empty and greed driven).
      Thanks again for your thoughtful and articulate response. I always appreciate you sharing your insights, and look forward to your next comment!! Bex

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