The power of money
Money has the ability to turn falsehood into the truth, and make the obvious truth into absolute lies. Money, in our society is the gauge for integrity, honesty, solid character and all things good. A man or a woman with money automatically holds the integrity and his/her truth becomes the ultimate truth. The logic follows, If that which glitters, the most therefore, must be the most integral.
Unfortunately, in my experience in life, I have learned that money does not make a man (or woman). Integrity, discipline, honesty, good virtue, kindness, graciousness, generosity, humility, and other great character traits do not come in somebody because of money. It is either a part of you or not. The only difference is that with money, you can manage the facade of being all of the above. A poor man hardly stands a chance of proving the mettle of his integrity. The logic is: if one is poor, therefore, one has more reasons to cheat, lie, deceive to get ahead. If one is rich, then there is no reason for the said person to lie, cheat or deceive because he/she already has material possessions. The irony, however is that it is the poor who because they have NOTHING to lose in the material world hold steadfast to the codes of good conduct. It is the rich, who have everything material to lose, and therefore, must cheat, lie, and deceive to hold on to those material goods.
I have seen in my life the ability of people to pathologically lie, exaggerate and make mountains out of molehills, and most of these people have been those who we would consider rich. Maybe, the rich man feels the need to pad up his resume and story because it would be highly unlikely and almost damning to have an ordinary story to a man with extraordinary riches? I have also seen the unfair advantage that money brings to the rich. The rich can make grave errors in their lives and with the power of money have the ability to somehow wash/erase the memories of everyone around and start anew. It is as if society somehow can be so generous in forgiving and forgetting the sinful errors of the rich, On the other hand, a poor person can make exactly the same error and/or possibly one of less gravity and society will shun him/her forever into the depths of eternal damnation.
I am not saying that all rich people possess absolutely no character, nor am I saying all poor are of exceptional character. I am contemplating on the power of money. The ability of money to force people to close their eyes, turn the other way when seeing wrong and to turn black into white; yet in the absence of money, one can’t even buy basic necessities. No wonder, most of our lives we strive to attain unimaginable amounts of money, because it brings with it an unlimited stock supply of power. Dare I say, Money is what makes you super human!
As the apprentice theme song goes: “money, money, money“!!