I don't think common wage earning types 'love' money as they love want money can do, how money can bring ease of life.
Things cost...moving costs, fuel costs, food costs, and you still have to save money for retirement, unless you want to live under a bridge.
Money also buys freedom, freedom from whatever one might feel in bondage to. That bondage could be a unpleasant job, work environment, neighborhood, housing and more.
You can't do anything these days without money.
Want to move across the country?...it takes lots of money. One move of 1000 miles is going to cost at least $2000.00 And that's not including moving into new place, rent deposit and other utilities.
And all the time you're getting older, weaker and more frail.
The more money you have, the more things you can get accomplished in life while in good life. And that's the key, is getting things accomplished while in decent health, and cheer of mind.
Money is freedom...and many would instantly change their lives if they had but enough surplus funds to do so.
Many would quick jobs tomorrow, move away from undesirable situations, pay down bills, ect if suddenly came into a lot of surplus money.
Money is simply a tool which allows one movement.
If things didn't cost money, than money would not be desired...
If you could just get up and move, for free, not have to pay for gas, or rent, than many would change situations in a heart beat, but do to lack of surplus coins most remain stuck in undesirable situations.
And if in a undesirable situation long enough, depression can set in.
One enthusiasm towards life and the future can be dampened.
Working hard doesn't get you rich, unless you're getting paid a huge salary.
Huge salaries are what make you rich, not working hard.
(I doubt you ever heard it put that way before.
An example of this is college football athletes vs NFL football athletes...
College football players play just as hard on the field, but don't get paid a dime to do it.
NFL athletes play hard, and get paid millions...
So it's not the effort, it the pay, that gets you ahead.
(Although with athletics the hard effort will put you in position to get high pay)..
Weird evening...things feel still and quite...within.
Cause that's usually how we measure things, by how we're feeling within, and then project that feeling externally.
I may, some day in the future, create an open forum...where others can dialogue. For now though, I prefer this one the way it is. It serves a purpose 'as is'.
There are other forums like 'city-data' where 1000's of induvisuals chat about all sorts of stuff. And each conversation usually ends in a fierce debate, name calling, then moderator starts biasly deleting posts of some, while allowing other post to remain.
One can write a master piece, and have some uneducated, limited life experience, mod come and delete it all.
And once you post, you can't delete it after a few minutes, so now they own your intellectual property.
Who needs all of that.
Been there, done it.
At least here it's peaceful.
And enough time is given to allow views to evolve or to be fully explained.
Could spend the rest of my useful life trying to get rich...(which will never happen), or be content with living a poor modest income life, but without stress, and just being content in other things.
Like living in a paid for RV...working a modest paying job, and just living 'rich' in other ways, like through relationships, hobbies ect.
This trap of 'Oh, if I just work hard enough, some day I'll be as rich Donald Trump' is a farse.
And you waste time and energy just pumping all your money back into the system, and are always near broke trying to get rich....always under the illusion 'Well If I just work a bit more harder'...as your body and mind begins to wear out, soon you can't work at all and your broke...all your life's efforts down the drain just to end up broke anyways.
The 'system' is big...it will swallow up you, and your money, and efforts, and not even blink.
You can't ever satisfy it, not through regular labor type work.
People who get rich usually develop a product, and mass sell it, or are simply paid super large salaries.
Like CEO's getting paid $8 million a year for a regular work day...they work no harder than a manager of 7 Eleven...yet ones paid millions, the others paid just barely above the poverty line.
So hard work has nothing to do with it...it's job title and salary that matters.
A CEO who earns millions can't say they worked any harder than someone running a sandwich shop.
The CEO simply or complexly, followed a different career path, which put them in contact with 'the right people in the right industry' who pay big.
Sorry, but someone earing $11.50 an hour, could or would have to work 500 years to earn that type of money...and most humans are good for about 30-40 years of labor before the body gives out.
At 11.5 an hour, one would have to work 35 years to make a bit over a million dollars...and pay no other bills...
But by the time you take away taxes, and other bills...which eat up around 70% or more of ones income...$200,000 is what one could possible save over 35 years at 11.5 an hour. But even that's unrealistic...cause people consume, we're always buying and consuming.
In order to get ahead, you have to make well and above the cost of living, and your own personal spending habits.
And people with families, medical bills, ect, just can't, don't, save that type of money.
But if someone gives you 8 million all at once...you're now instantly decades, 5 life times, centuries, ahead of your cost of living...and that's how the wealthy stay wealthy...cause the amounts of money they get all at once soars them life times ahead of everyone else.
Not saying that's evil or bad, just saying it's unfair to expect a low end wage earner to be able to compete with that.
And or to always be measured against that.
But many are, as such many always feel inadequate...trying to live up to Trumps riches, or other celebrities or Pro Athletes who earn their money by getting paid large sums at once...millions for a movie, millions for a sports contract ect.
But when they loose that money, and have to earn it like the rest...they never get it back...and then and only then realize how lucky they were to get paid such large salaries.
It's their salaries, not their effort, that made them rich.
Ones value to a team or movie studio or company...and value is 'subjective'.. to those who can afford to pay others millions.
The older you get, the more you realize this.
You can work your but off, and never be noticed, and remain income poor forever.
Or you can be a slouch, graduate college with D average, and first pay check is 5 million.
So many variables...
That's why, in order for life to have quality...I think one has to focus on other non monetary quality things like environment or relationships.
Cause this 'Oh, you to can be a millionare if you just work harder' nonsense, will cheat you out of a decent life...
And is what companies like to tell low end employees, just to squeeze more labor out of you, them...
Sometimes not sure what direction to go in anymore...
Seems everything in life, history, the future, has already been set in stone. Either you're apart of something grand or you're not...
Either you were meant to be apart of something grand, or you're not. It seems no matter what you do, you just can't cheat that fate.
The less you know, the happier you are...
When I was younger I always wanted to be a pilot...I remember thinking I was going to own a plane.
The reality kicks in years later...professional pilot training can cost from $80,000-$150,000
Banks won't loan, and who has that kind of cash on hand to spend on something you may not even get hired for...
Lack of finances are a barrier to many...not smarts, not wits, but lack of finances.
Then the whole 'Oh, I'll just go work for this company and rise up'...ye ok...
You grow older and through time and experience learn glass walls, glass ceilings, jelousy, envy, work place rivalries...pedigree...social status and so on.
You realize just being a good worker really means squat, unless you're already destined to rise up, unless you're already liked, favored.
All these things run through your mind at times until it makes you not want to do anything, accept win the lottery and retreat into the forest.
You have to continually earn, just to pay the basics in life, then after work, have no energy left for creative ideas.
Soon, after a while, life just becomes configured of the same o, dull basic bill paying routine.
Soon motivation is hard to come by, then hopelessness begins to set in in various stages.
Unless you're a millionare, you begin to realize you're going to have to work and grind until you die basically...cause you'll never be able to save up enough money to live comfortably on.
20, 30, 40 years of grinding away...just to have nothing in the end.
This monetary system helps some, yet kills the dreams of many.
Right now though, I just kind of feel sidelined by fate...benched...
Watching, while everyone else plays on the field.
Not really sure what to do about it. Even motivation is a gift, when you have it...cause when you don't have it...it's hard to get it at times.
It takes time and energy to generate money, so also the older you get, the less you feel like running off on some wild venture, not being sure of the economic outcome. So you play it safe.
But after a while, safe can drain you of your enthusiasm and passions.
You even stop admiring people...like people who see on screen and all...and realize they're as frail and human as everyone else...that they're not your hero, that they will never help you in any way shape or form.
But yet you help them by making them rich by going to their movie, or buying their music or products...but they will never ever ever spend the amount of money on you, that you spent to go see their movie...never... So if anything, you, the common consumer, should be their heroes, for padding their paychecks by buying their stuff, or seeing their film.
Soon you begin to realize that outside of your own purchasing power, you matter very little...
That if someone can't benefit off you financially, that you may as well not exist at all, as if you're already dead...
Life, death, soon it's like what's the difference...like one long continuum...
If you're going to be dead for billions and billions of years, what's an extra day or two, or year...what is really gained?
(only someone who is alone would ask these questions)
Then you turn on radio, read headline articles on the net, and have to see dense Professors getting acclimades and attention, for saying things you've know to be true since a child.
Things you've shared over and over and over again...nothing...
Yet some dense Professor says it, and is suddenly hailed as 'brilliant'....bs....dense is more like it...if it took them all those years, and millions of dollars in funding to come to a conclusion about something that most peoples grandparents already knew.
So you sit boxed in by fate...by your environment, by the small minded people around you.
People who would rather bury a star than to lift it up into the sky.
Does social media destroy social continuity? or help it?
I think that depends on what age or phase of life one is in.
I think for those still in school, where you're around the same people everyday, irregardless of whether you want to be or not, than social media does no harm...cause while in school or college, every single day you gotta go to class and mingle.
But I think for those a bit older, and out of school, social media can be harmful to social growth.
Example, I mean how easy is it to get comfortable on couch, or in bed, or at desk, and start typing away at all sorts of thoughts and ideas you have? It's very easy...and next thing you know, 5 hours have past spent typing nothing on keyboard, thinking you're having an impact, when most really do not...not online anyways.
In the past, if one had the urge to talk or chat, you had to pick up phone, or just simply go out.
Be it a club, church, concert, arts and crafts, whatever...you had to go out to satisfy that urge to socialize...
Now you really do not...
Social media is like a mirage...an illusion of socializing...but most of the time you're simply chatting with yourself.
This is kind of what we spend 98% of our time on social media doing...talking to self, reasoning with self, and then pretending that we're actually having an impact.
Social media is a pretend world of self theropy.
Waiting for that one post, or article, to 'shake up the world' or 'change things'...but it never does.
Only you can do that by actually going out into the world, and interacting with real humans, real matter...
I'm not writing for an audience right now. Instead I'm alone
In this Mansion, this vast dark quiet place, full of rooms, and doorways. Night has fallen, some are afraid of the dark, but the dark provides relief and shelter for others. Night time is a relief from 'the beast', which roams around during the day, devouring many who can't pay or keep up.
Night time monsters and ghosts really can't hurt you. No ghost has ever imposed any cruel laws on anyone. No ghost has ever enslaved anyone, maybe possessed though.
No ghost has ever reposed anyone home, do to lack of payment. And if someone knocks on door in middle of the night, its certainly not Casper I fear.
Who knows, maybe I'm a ghost, stuck inside this mansion, forced to roam around in solitude.
It's night time and quiet...sshh, I want to enjoy this moment.