Friday, November 20, 2009

A Never Ending Obsession With Money

Friday, November 20, 2009
Know this to be true that the world we live in is essentially a money-motivated world. Money talks; period. It’s as simple as that. This is because if the allure of money was not to be, many people would cease to do a whole lot of things in life.

In this modern era of the business merry-go-round, one with the most money offered on the table comes out trumps. The catch is this: The usage of ‘business’ here is not limited to its literal translation. It encompasses a world much larger than just that, sports and politics among others included!

Hang on a second. The literal meaning of ‘business’ has always – and forever shall – be comprised of ‘who’s got the most money’ kind a type of thing. That is the norm in that sense. Hence, the issue that needs to be tackled is the maltreatment and abuse of money in the case of namely sports and politics. That is, I am afraid, just the tip of the iceberg.

How often do you hear a footballer trying his best to innocently claim that he switched football clubs on the basis that his new club is more ambitious than the previous one when in true fact his previous club was rich in footballing heritage whilst his newer club is notable for nothing but a burgeoning coffer? Even a fool would dismiss his claims as to why he switched clubs for the obvious reason is telling.

If that is not enough, then ponder on this. When was the last time you read in the papers that a politician was charged on the grounds of money-laundering or misuse of the taxpayer’s money for his personal use? My bet is perhaps yesterday.

Okay. Enough posers to tinker on for the time being. Let us disseminate the facts and analyse the case at hand meticulously, before attempting to put two-and-two together to solve the jigsaw.

Let’s get down to the basics first. Sportsmen and politicians are meant to be honourable, principled, morally-sane and most importantly, loyal to their cause throughout their lives. The sad part is, due to the allure and temptation of money, their behaviour becomes tantamount to that of a drunken man, unable to see beyond his inebriated vision.

Therefore, rhetorically speaking, money leads them astray in life. The essence of this is that they are not content and grateful with what they have. They forget to thank God for what He has given them. Some may argue that if we are to be content with what we have, then who is going to progress in life? In that case, a middle ground; the point of equilibrium balance, should be sought. Such a compromise would be the best solution.

Moving on to more general outlooks of money, it’s tempt and its implications, there are many instances that were can hand-pick from our day-to-day lives. I recall very clearly that only half-a-dozen years ago, one dollar could buy me a hefty lunch with an adequate variety of side dishes. Now? That same amount of money would get me peanuts. That is appalling even if some of the difference is due to inflation.

Then, a couple of years ago, the price of crude oil skyrocketed worldwide. Public transport operators practically begged the government to allow them to increase their ticket fare in a bid to lessen their burden. The government succumbed to their pressure. Now, two years on, when the crude oil prices have nose-dived, the transport operators still refuse to lower their ticket fares. This just sums up the insatiable human nature.

All in all, based on the facts and examples put forth, it can be concluded that money is indeed an obsession that people come across in their lifetimes. However, as obvious as it may sound, we have the power to change the course of mankind for its betterment. Let us not set a precedence that life is all about money for the future generations. Thus, the human race must do-away with this unruly phenomenon before it is too late.
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