Day 191 Question 191:
Is money the root of all evil?
How many times have we all heard the phrase “money is the root of all evil”? Over and over and over again. Is there truth behind this? I believe evil comes only in the form of humans to be honest but there are sources that play a part in the evil acts and money without a doubt is one of those sources. I believe (undoubtedly) money can drive people to evil…with evil being a very broad and personally defined term.
The reason I came up with this question for today is because I read an article this morning that kind of saddened me. As many of you know I am absolutely obsessed with the sitcom Modern Family (almost in an unhealthy way…hahaha). The cast of this show has filed a lawsuit because they are unhappy with their contracts. According to reports, five of the cast members are being offered salary increases for between $150,000 per episode to $325,000 per episode between now and season 9. Seriously, WHO needs that kind of money (and remember I said NEEDS)? I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about how screwed up the monetary priorities are in this country. Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect, I have an iPhone and I spend money on things I don’t need from time to time but I also do not have money continually going into my account that exceeds well beyond what I need or want. This country is considered so dominant and the “best country in the world”. Is it because of money? Is it because money and materials drive people? I can’t wrap my brain around why ONE person were to need such an excessive amount of money??? In my opinion, making $30,000,000 for one movie is unnecessary and just plain ridiculous. We have teachers scraping to ends meet but actors, athletes and musicians (some that have never even finished high school) practically swimming in money.
Some people could read this and assume that I am jealous or assume that if it were me that I would take the money and run but I can’t believe that to be true at all. Honestly, money makes me uncomfortable in a way. I have borrowed money from my parents in the past in times of need and desperation (because I was not able to make ends meet) and have cried senselessly because of how bad I felt. I get uncomfortable when someone buys me something or pays for a meal for me (even on a date). I will accept these things but I will also show my gratitude and return the favor. If anything, I prefer doing for others….even if it is something small. I do not believe there is a profession in the world that is worthy of millions and millions of dollars per year. Our country is in this “Great Recession”…well maybe part of the reason is because what money there is here is being handed out to this “elite” crowd of people. What makes an actor worthy of $30,000,000+ a movie but a teacher (that can have upwards of 25 to 30 students in her class) is only worthy of between $30,000 to $40,000 (this number varies per state) per year?
I understand that I play a part in the salaries that these actors are making because I watch the show/movies. Yes, I guess I am at fault. It is a vicious cycle. My point is, IN MY OPINION, money has gotten out of hand. For some people, when is enough going to be enough? Is there ever going to be enough for some people? I do not think money is the root of all evil but when people get money (especially in excess) it can turn them very ugly and very greedy….for some, money makes them feel entitled. My question is, why are some people OWED? In other countries, some people live with very little and are completely content because they have their families and loved ones around them. In this country, people lose their shit if they are not able to buy the latest techno gadget or top brand designer outfits. Relationships have lost value in this country because money and material are topping their importance (IN MY OPINION….and remember before you jump down my throat, I admit to being guilty myself sometimes). Money can make some aspects of life a little easier. If you make enough to live comfortably (able to pay all of your bills and have a little extra money for travels, hobbies, etc.) that is wonderful. I just don’t see the point of NEEDING millions and millions and millions of dollars. Why do people need more money than they are even capable of spending in their lifetimes? Who has decided what careers are worthy of what salaries….it seems like such an imbalance to me. A firefighter or a military soldier do not even make a fraction of what “famous” people make….and they risk their lives day in and day out. If we are such a “dominant” country, why have we yet to figure out how to balance money in a way that doesn’t bring greed or poverty??? What are the true priorities of this country? I mean, we have these candidates running for pregnancy that speak of “fixing” this country’s economic problems yet millions and millions of dollars are being spent on negative campaigning. Negative campaigning disgusts me so much.
My point in any venue in which I state MY OPINION is not to debate or convince people that I am right. I just have an opinion so I am choosing to express it. Through my experiences, I have seen money being a root cause of greedy and ugly behavior amongst people. The actions of the Modern Family casts stirred a lot of thoughts in my head about how I feel about money and what effect it has on people. It is one of those things that people need to practice great control with but unfortunately many are not able to (myself included sometimes).