‘Wow! That’s the most amazing thing I’ve seen since the first show of Eclipse! It’s white and sleek and pretty and above all it is GUCCI! How much did you get your watch for?’
‘That’s it? Just one knock and it’s already dead? Dude, how much did you pay for that Chinese phone?’
‘I’ve heard you get amazing food at this new Lebanese restaurant. But why spend KD 20 on a table for two when you can get 2 double whoppers for 3 something?’
Boy, it seems everything these days is valued in monetary terms. The description couldn’t have stopped at sleek and pretty and awesome and amazing or perhaps a total bag of shit. KD 12.5 is an adjective, right? This is my new, KD25, Burberry bag, like it? Gawd! You should have seen that Dell, i7, 475 notebook. Ridiculously amazing, I tell you. Ok, enough. You’d be like, ‘Get to the point. What are you trying to say?’
This is my point. My darned point. Money, money everywhere. Why? Why is everything being weighed in the scales of dinars and dollars? Why can’t anything be just amazing, rather than xxx dinars and amazing? What happened to the times when value had other faces? Gone are the days when money was a little more than a piece of paper and a little less than Heaven. Okay, I get it. Products, right? Man-made things, they are, aren’t they? That’s why they are weighed in scales of dinars? One would be relieved to believe that that was the truth. One would be glad to know that only man-made things were valued so value-lessly (not a word, ignore it). But that’s not the case. We are neither relieved nor happy.
Man has time and again disappointed none other than himself. Here, I’m not talking about him regarding money as a bath in the gardens of paradise. Here, what I’m saying is, that not only are his-made objects being moneyed with in today’s world, but also the content of humanity. For the love of God, how can one possibly price-tag feelings, emotions, intuition, senses and all other evidence to breathing? You can’t do that, people. It’s not right, not appropriate. There is no way you can label mother’s love with KD75 or father’s care with KD100 or exchange a husband for a visa to the States in pursuit of $s. There is no darned possibility for freedom to be purchased or love to be exchanged for gold.
I understand, I absolutely get it that money is next to everything in this world. But it still isn’t EVERYTHING! There’s more to life than having a Swiss bank account or treasures that could invite Capt. Jack Sparrow (Not that I would mind that, if he were for real :P). People, there are people in life. And you can’t keep them in your Dana account. You can’t save someone’s life in order to gain the interest that was promised to you by an undernourished, make-up-bombarded, phone-chatter 22-yr old employee at Gulf bank. This is life! And there is more than one thing in life. I don’t understand how money can hold so much of room in a life that is blessed with numerous other beautiful creations. Pathetic! Yes, money can buy you a house. It does not guarantee it becoming a home. Money can buy you food, but hunger has different cravings. Money can get you children; but an orphan was never taught to love. Money can offer sound education; but knowledge is possessed by the wise not the wealthy.
Money is mandatory for sustenance. However, it can only give you a living, not a life.
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I’m not demonising money, only trying to highlight how badly people in today’s world need to sort their priorities. Like I said, money is next to everything in this world but it still isn’t everything. And ‘superficial’ is the right term, agreed.
I don’t understand how we let inflation get so out of hand. Not too long ago you could buy a nice home in a nice neighborhood for a comfortable price, like 18000 dollars. Not too long ago you could buy a new car for less than 1600 dollars. And not too long ago an ounce of weed was more expensive than an ounce of gold. You could get your child a decent college education for 25000 dollars. I remember all this. And I’m sure a lot of you do too.
At what time in our recent past did we allow these atrocities happen? Does a gallon of gas have to cost nearly 5.00? Does a gallon of milk have to cost upwards to 4.00? Does a professional sports player need to make 900 million dollars in his life time? Does he even have the time to spend it? Does an actor need to make 1 million dollars an episode when making a sitcom? When all the while the other 99% can only dream and perhaps feel the breeze as the 1 % who have, bask in their waste.
@dowhatulike, We have been raised to believe that life is about acquiring as much money as possible. That’s the capitalistic philosophy. It would be very hard to convince anyone to accept less money for the benefit of people that he or she will never interact with.
I don’t think anything has changed since the beginning of the exchange of goods. It’s a natural and wonderful thing that we are able to make transactions. Trade is a profound example of evolution, language and its purpose. I guarantee Roman women were exactly the same as American women when it came to flaunting pricey goods (Lucretia from Spartacus any one?).
You’re kind of demonizing money, it’s at worst neutral thing, not a bad thing. Not to mention with enough money you could do some real good in the world (e.g. gates foundation).
-There will always be superficial people, nothing really you can do about it.
3 is a blanket statement that you probably didn’t mean to make. I.E. – A poor man can’t afford a quality computer, so he chooses to buy a cheap one for school.