Saturday, June 23, 2007

Money followup

A few posts back i linked to this list showing 22 myths about money. I wanted to list some of them and give my own talk about each. Cuz that's how i roll.

Myth #1: “Money is the root of all evil.”

NO. money is a tool. a means to an end. it's just something we use to get by. its scarcity and difficulty to acquire are what make PEOPLE do evil things. if air and water were hard to come by then we'd be saying that they were the root of evil and all these anti-rich people would be talking about the people with more air and water than them. We'd be listening to how President Bush conspired to attack planet Druidia and steal their air. bottom line: the lack of or the pursuit of money are what causes evil things, not the money.

Myth #2: “If my parents were rich, I would have made it.”

define 'made it'. you mean you'd be a jobless spoiled brat cruising around spending daddy's money and laughing at the poor people? sure having loaded parents puts you in a good position to succeed since you have more options available, but in the end it's up to YOU to get off your ass and 'make' something of yourself. not your parents.

Myth #3: “Rich people are greedy.”

so apparently the only point to becoming rich is to give it all away. if you honestly believe this then lemme clue you into something. you have to want more to get more. greed is not limited to wealthy people. in fact, the less you have the MORE greedy you're probably going to be. i'm sure that rich people like to keep all their nice stuff, but i'm willing to bet they'd care far less about losing stuff than some poor slob who has almost nothing to lose. that poor person will FIGHT to get and keep what little he can. greed is entirely a point of view issue anyways. hey if we wanna get technical, chicks are greedy when it comes to sex right? how dare they hoard the boobies and keep them from the needy.

Myth #4: “Money isn’t important.”

reality check. it is. it may not being the MOST important thing, but it sure as hell is important.

Myth #5: “If only government, my employers, family, or spouse helped me, I would have made loads of money.”

get the fuck off your ass and go earn a living. this is the kind of thinking that puts democrats in charge and promotes a welfare state. you make your own breaks in life pal, nobody ESPECIALLY not the government should have to help you out. help is nice have, but screw you if you think it's required to be successful.

Myth #6: “Money can’t buy happiness and money won’t make you happy.”

HA HA HA HA HA!!!!! look at me, i'm making people happy, in a gumdrop house on lollipop laaaane..... money CAN buy happiness and if you have money and are still unhappy then you probably don't deserve it. send it this way and i'll show you just how much happiness i can buy with it. i'll drive buy your house in my happiness with a smoking hot happiness setting next to me and wave to you so you can see all the happy i can buy.

Myth #7: “If I were rich, my friends would resent me.”

then you have pathetic shitty friends. go buy new ones. any REAL friend is only ever happy for his friend's successes in life. i'm proud as hell of Roger and Chris in all they've done with themselves.

Myth #8: “If the economy was better, I’d be wealthy.”

news flash: the economy always has some rich and a lot of not-rich. everyone falling into the latter thinks this is true. some are right only because a different economy might make different businesses and companies better. but then that would mean someone else is not rich and bemoaning their lot in life.

Myth #9: “You need a scam to get rich.”

no, you need to be smart and work hard. dumbass.

Myth #10: “If I really try to become rich and fail, I’ll be crushed.”

good news, if you don't try then you won't be crushed. then again you'll NEVER be rich, but you won't be crushed. if you have tried and failed and want to stop trying then that's cool. i'm behind you and won't hassle you for that. because that's how i handle my love life. tried and failed several times, i'm done trying.

Myth #11: “You need a break to become wealthy.”

this is just too vague. define 'break'

Myth #12: “I’ll save money when I have enough.”

well if you have enough why would you need to save it? saving is about planning and thinking ahead. sacrifice now for gains in the future.

Myth #13: “If I had large sum of money, I would have started saving and investing early.”

the sooner you start, the less you need. it's called interest, look into it.

Myth #14: “Having a good job leads to wealth.”

i guess this depends on what you consider a 'good' job. it's not so much how you make the money as it is how you use it once you have it. there's lots of people out there with good jobs making lots of money that are barely getting by because they're stupid.

Myth #15: “Money corrupts people.”

what a bunch of shit. no it doesn't. money is like alcohol, in greater quantities it brings the truth of a person closer to the surface. there's plenty of evil backstabbing poor bastards out there as there are rich ones, the poor ones just don't have the means to show it and can't effect as many people as a rich one can.

Myth #16: “If I didn’t have family or social responsibilities, I would have made millions.”

so far this is the one that comes the closest to being true. i only say that because i know firsthand the advantages of not having to worry about taking care of anyone but myself.

Myth #17: “It’s better to give than to receive.”

maybe in a Christmas special it is.

Myth #18: “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”

ok, so we finally found one that IS true. but i don't know i'd count this as a myth.

Myth #19: “Rich people don’t care about the poor.”

how the fuck are they supposed to 'care'?? look, just cuz someone isn't throwing money at charities doesn't mean they don't care. people do for others in their own way. me personally i believe that charity starts at home. i don't give to anything. not to charities, not to telethons, and sure as fucking hell not bums on the street. i help my friends and family. i buy a round of drinks for Josh, pick up a magazine for the parents, stuff like that. frankly i think if more people did THAT instead of pissing away money total strangers we wouldn't need as many charities.

Myth #20: “I have to work very hard to become rich.”

one of my bosses in the air force always used to say "we don't work hard, the army works hard, we work smart." working hard is good and all, but it's by no means the only way to get rich.

Myth #21: “It takes money to make money.”

yeah kinda. how much it takes just depends on how you use it.

Myth #22: “I’m a loser and a failure because I’m in such terrible financial trouble. My situation is hopeless.”

pity party!!! pity party!!!!

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