On Money and the Meaning of Life
I’ve heard money isn’t everything but it is everything else. It seems
a person who is very bad at making money would be compelled by
this notion. There is a sort of desperation, as if it is hard to make
money. To boot, I’d say the harder people are up with their money,
the less kind they are. Money is a way of exchanging in a world where
the best things are free. Everyone does what they can or what they
think is possible, for today is here and so are you but tomorrow you
will not be.
I have always thought 90% of what people spend money on is wasted.
This includes schools. A fresh perspective, the chance to dare, modest
living, kindness to others, these cornerstones of a good life are scarce
taught and children spend more time with one another than the teachers.
You must give me this, not everyone who earns is a saint, and so,
what is important in life? I think the most important thing is to use what
you have. All the beautiful things of the world exist unto themselves. If
I were to use what I have my brain to study the series 7, I would be neglecting
my body, and people around me as well. I do then something which is
most using what I have. Of course, what I have includes perspective,
games, a sense of humor. Furthermore, what I have is the ability to consider
my ability to consider my ability to consider etc what I have. If we are all to
die, what is it about life that most deserves exploring? Music for instance, I
feel badly I did not give more notice to the piano player at the restaurant at
which we ate. As well, you said, “Don’t get a degree in some nonsense subject.”
This sounds slick and is a trope, but if 90% of engineers, or people who get
paid well, produce some of that 90% that people spend money on that is wasted
then is it better than selling apples on the street. How much does it earn is
a different question than what is the value of the work. Value in my mind is
closely linked to human dignity, which your friend, I have forgotten
his name, who went on the trip with us, despite his old age failed to give me.
When I said I was living with my parents and that I was 30 years old, he said
to you, “He is living with his parents?” It shows a lack of awareness and appreciation
for the ability of people to hear and to care what is said about them. Foundationally,
it is never a good or polite idea to talk about someone instead of speaking directly
to them. This was done by you three with regard to your boy, very strange. The old
man friend of yours asked you about your boy when your boy was right there and you
answered, if you want a child to be accountable and learn, make them the focal
point, they are the least knowledgable and have the least practice interacting with
people and thinking and therefore if everyone is generous in the group the youngest
or weakest should get the practice. If life is something beyond practice then I am
lost. Life is a game. Life is a jolly romp. Life is a jolly romp because it will all come
to an end and that end could be just a moment from now, you see?
Since perhaps we are of two different minds, and considering we are not that close,
as brothers for example, I don’t feel its appropriate to argue my position to you and if
we were closer I believe I would have given word sooner than this of my position. It
would have been more natural. I appreciate you sharing your life with me and your
counsel as a man. In closing I will say to the three of you, never underestimate your
opponent, it is the sign of turmoil and money is only as good as what it can buy that
I need which sounds a little silly because we are all going to die so we don’t really
need anything, anything we would need is to make the world more amazing without
any guarantee of another moment. Plus, everyone would be a stiff standing
around eating a bunch of crap in their free time.
Isn’t life simple enough? If you have enough money, find a way to pleasantly
spend your time without exhausting your money, no? The real kicker is
healthcare. Without healthcare, money is needed for food and shelter and
those things are relatively inexpensive, $40/day. Healthcare has a long sighted
interest. If the expectation is to have the highest healthcare, billions are needed
to fund research from which you may potentially benefit.