There’s many things I don’t understand about this world, but money has to be the biggest mystery. MONEY. We all need it. We all want it. It’s rarely ever enough. It rules who gets what, when, and where. There’s no food at the grocery, cars in the lot, clothes in the store, houses on the market, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, good phones, TV programs, internet, cable/satellite, meals in restaurants, movies at the theatre, clean water for cooking and, fuel for the car — nothing at all in the world comes without a price.
I understand that there has to be some way to reward hard work, good deeds, and loving hearts; and that utopias only work in fairy tales; but the monetary system as we know it today is a screwed up system.
They say love and kindness are free. Maybe, but it’s way easier to love and be kind when you’re not fighting for your financial life every second of every day. Money controls all facets of every society. Those with money are destined to have better quality lives. Of course, there are times, those lives as with everyone regardless the financial status are marred by bad morals and decisions; but those with cash don’t have to worry about living in the country and having an old car that could nickel and dime them to death, or a roof that leaks and it won’t stop raining and you don’t have money to fix it, or medical bills are so high and you are carrying no insurance or insurance with an outrageous deductible, on and on and on. How in the world did this insanity of the monetary system get started? People are willing to rob and kill for money. For some it’s to have the biggest and most awesome stuff. Stuff is nice, I guess, but an inherent right of someone in society in my opinion should be a decent place to live, the ability to afford utilities, enough food to eat, healthcare to keep you healthy, medications you can afford to take, transportation so you can get to work and the store and the doctor, a communication device (I believe the cell phone was a necessity in 2 billion BC, so I definitely believe they are imperative and life savers.)
It’s sickening to find out how much actors and athletes make. I’ll be the first one to acknowledge the importance of entertainment and sports in our lives. It knits us together in a commonality of pop culture, discussion, and interest. But, I know police officers who don’t make enough money to even live in the communities they serve. Why do they make $50,000 for working every day and putting their lives on the line, and somebody who pretends to be somebody else in a movie (whether good or not) makes $10,000,000+ per project? An athlete who hits a ball and runs bases (albeit better than anyone else) signs a $150,000,000 contract. Sure, they’re good, but the peons of the world who can hardly afford a ticket let alone a hot dog and soda are the ones paying for it.
The money system is archaic and completely out of whack. Someone who takes their clothes off for a living is driving a $250,000 car, living in a $15,000,000 estate, and has a battery of servants taking care of everything. I firmly believe that everyone has something special about themselves. Why are we all so willing to pool all our money to make those people insanely wealthy. We all have enormous value. Life is such a struggle for everyone. It’s a struggle for other reasons for those with money, but for those without money it’s a daily nightmare. The situation continues to worsen. There is no real solution because it’s human behavior, it’s about power, it’s about status, it’s about the periphery of life that doesn’t matter. For some people it’s the only driver in their lives. They don’t have an identity without a swollen bank balance. They are intending us to look upon them with awe because of their Lexus or Rolex or big house or boat. It’s falderol.
Why does a person on social security, pay taxes to the government? The government is paying seniors the money they’re entitled to from having had to pay into that fund by law their whole working lives. They dole out the monthly stipend, announce there won’t be a cost of living increase, then take taxes back out of that. If you have an old house you’re trying to live in to keep from being in assisted living or a tiny apartment somewhere surrounded by who knows who, they keep taking an enormous amount of property taxes. Some have paid for their houses twice over just in property taxes over the years. If you do decide to sell your home so you can move into a smaller more affordable apartment, they take a large chunk of what you sold your house for in capital gains tax. The conundrum is that taxes keep going up and services keep going down.
There are people living on the desert wrapped in sheets with flies stuck to their faces, and children dying everyday from hunger, disease, dirty water and unimaginable terror in their lives. What the heck oh gee whiz is going on in this world.
I like to point out inconsistencies when I recognize them, try to think of what a solution may be whether it turns out to be good or not. For this, I have no idea of how to balance or rectify the global monetary system. Heck, I can’t balance or rectify my own bank account for goodness sakes. I believe there is no real cure though. We certainly can’t start completely over. There will always be the haves and the have nots. It would be ideal if we could have the haves and the haves a little more. My insight is that people who continually insist on a positive attitude being the answer to everything that is wrong are people who are just ignoring the truth to get through the day. If it works for you, go for it; but tomorrow the roof is still leaking, the car doesn’t start, and there’s no milk… Sandy