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6 months ago

Lack of money shows their true colours

I sadly watched an argument play out at work yesterday, not because I wanted to watch it, but because there was literally nowhere to hide to get away from it. When times are good, people are able to keep their masks on their faces and merge into the illusion of what they want the world to think they are. When money is stripped from someone who was once extremely wealthy, there is a vicious dark side that rears its ugly head.

What is "wealth" and being "rich"?

I got an interesting comment on one of my noise.cash posts yesterday. This was my post:

This was the reply and my reply:

It got me thinking about my health. As I wrote in my last post: https://read.cash/@JustMyRambles01/1011-1411-im-not-taking-my-health-for-granted-any-longer-e5670511

I'm not taking it for granted anymore. I wanted to write that I am rich in health, but sadly right now I'm not. I'm still recovering. As I sit here typing this my arm is sore and my fingers keep making mistakes on the keyboard. I had to sit down to peel my fruit today because I couldn't stand long enough without my leg shaking. I am thankful for being able to stand, not like Saturday when I was basically just going from sitting to lying down.

Anyway, back to money

I watched 3 grown adults turn into vicious monsters about their lack of finance and hatred towards each other, and fellow colleagues. The selfishness of their words and hurtful language at each other has probably caused irreparable damage between them as colleagues. You take a person who was earning a wage that for any person would land them in the lap of luxury, and reduce their salary to a wage that would be "just" a luxurious lifestyle, and the person turns into a monster. I've always had my doubts about the true intentions behind the person's words, but never thought of them as a "horrible" person. I found out yesterday through overhearing the argument that the person is earning a little over twice my wage, working half the time I do and is unhappy because they "can't pay their bills". Really?

Here's a newsflash. I am providing for 3 adults and 2 furbabies and my wage can put food on the table. Do you know why? Because I don't eat take away food, I don't buy expensive clothes, I have a reliable car (not one that's brand new latest model to keep up with my neighbours), I shop for bargains. If something is R5 more expensive in a shop, I don't buy it. I don't buy myself an egg and bacon sandwich every morning. I don't go to the casino, I don't buy things with my credit card that I don't need and can't afford.

I was once on the wage that this colleague is complaining about

I was working 7 days a week, I paid for my Fiancé's mortgage and his accommodation in the UK (yes, Rand to Pound exchange rate of R20:£1). I lived on that money for 2 years after working for 9 months straight. I never increased my expenses, I never wasted money. I saved my money, and what I did spend went into completing additional training and college courses so that I could ensure I earned more money. To hear someone dismissing a wage that is the highest I've ever earned, to be honest, disgusted me. The way this person verbally attacked others who had saved and provided for themselves for situations like we are facing with the pandemic was horrid. To verbally attack people because you made bad choices with your money? Then to demand they finance your lavish lifestyle? I don't get it.

Does money change people? Or does lack of it just show who they are?

To me I feel as though wealth hides the horrible parts of a person, or it brings it out. You get the people who are so arrogant with their wealth who look down on everyone, then you get the extremely wealthy who walk around like you and I. I don't believe that money can create a bad person, I believe it purely masks or emphasizes what was already there.

Above image source: screenshot of the lotto app in SA

I have been playing my same numbers for a long time now. Yesterday made me think about what would I do with R100 million, or R50 million. You know what? My answer is still the same...I will still buy the farm and make the Haven of Life. I was speaking with a colleague about it and they told me if they won:

I would keep working just to spite management.

Really? Why would you waste your valuable life to make people annoyed? How can someone's mind be so small that they would not focus on their own joyful existence, but choose to make other people's lives miserable? How could someone not choose to use that money for good, and choose to use it to flaunt wealth?

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If I win that money tonight...

No, WHEN I win that money tonight 🤣 I'm not going to tell anyone. I will keep working until the money has cleared in my bank account. And when it does? I will resign, I will buy that farm and I will help the cancer patients that modern "science" doesn't. I have no need for fancy cars, big holidays and a lifestyle of expensive things. I have no need for first class air tickets and designer clothes. Money will never change me. I am me.

Would money change you?

If you came into a huge amount of wealth, would you be a different person? I feel as though it's impossible to turn into something you're not.

Below image source: https://www.setquotes.com/money-doesnt-buy-happiness-neither-does-poverty/

There was also a funny saying which went something like:

Money can't buy happiness, but crying in a BMW is less painful than crying barefoot on a hot tar road.

I don't remember who said that to me, but it's true. Money doesn't make you "happy". All it does is make life liveable and put you in a position to experience less suffering. You can be the richest person in the world, but you will always be stuck with the following reality:

  • Money can't buy your health

It can buy you medical care, but there are some things that not even millions of dollars can fix. If you have a heart attack, or a stroke, it doesn't matter if you are a homeless person or a billionaire. If you don't get immediate help, you're not going to survive.

  • Money can't buy you time

We only have one life. If we are lucky we have 80 years. If we are unlucky we might not even make it to tonight. We can't buy time with those who love us, we only have so much time.

  • Money can't buy you love

It can find you many "friends" and easily attract those who claim to love us, but do they really? If you remove all the money from someone, will those friends and partners still be there? Will people still talk to you after they find out your wealth is depleted?

  • Money can't buy you inner peace

No matter how much money you have, if you don't know who you are, you will never find your inner peace to exist as fulfilled human. Whether it is spiritual, religious, or otherwise. Money can't buy you peace.

Those are my rambles for the day 🤣

Have a beautiful day my friends 🌻

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Money really brings out the best and the worst of people. It just depends on what is your behavior towards it. Some people who came from a poor living which suddenly gets rich will eventually turn into an arrogant person. Well, I'm not stereotyping but it is the cases ij our area. It really depends on the heart of the person. If you have a good heart, the money will bring out the best in you. You can use it to help people. But if you are wicked, you can use it to finance your wickedness.

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6 months ago

I have seen this too, a person I know came into a lot of money from a job - they were once a humble gentleman and they turned so quickly into someone very arrogant who lost his roots. Sadly for him the money didn't last and by then he had no friends left. His family had seen the truth in him and because of that he ended up alone.

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5 months ago

Money is indeed the root of all evil and also the ride to a successful life. Money changes indeed. I can site loads of examples. Money had clause conflict between best friends turning them to enemies of life

Money ruins brotherhood and also relationships between families. Money can do and undo. But that all depends on your inner heart. Money changes those that are not determined and fragile.

If you watch squid game you see the true definition of what money can do and undo

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6 months ago

Thanks for the reminder, I must take a look at Squid Game, I've heard so much about it but haven't managed to get into it!

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5 months ago

Money reveals a person's true identity. Few are those I know who never changed when they reach the top. But most of them shocked me with their unbelievable self.

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6 months ago

I feel as though when people were once rich, and that wealth is gone, it reveals truths as well 🌸

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5 months ago

Money really doesn't change people it brings out what is already in their hearts, it reveals who they are.

I have seen a manager who lives in a rented flat while his staff builds a house, the thing is that we are financially disciplined than one another and that doesn't mean we should think or speak ill about the people who are utilizing their funds very well.

I hope you win big one day because that would definitely see your dreams come through and I wish you the quickest recovery.

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6 months ago

Thank you so much my friend, I am doing so much better today and really feel good. My pain has gone and the weakness is almost gone as well, I'm on the road to being "normal" again haha

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5 months ago

Money does change people, not by creating a new person, but by bringing some personality that had been hiding underneath

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6 months ago

Beautifully said.

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5 months ago

Been rich doesn't mean we have the whole world but we would just be happy and stress free but challenges would still arise...I love your personality about you not buying fancy and expensive things,that is how we should be, living a low-key lifestyle.

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6 months ago

Thank you so much, low key lifestyle is coming and it's going to be brilliant. Peaceful and tranquil. 🌸

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5 months ago

I have seen so many people who have been changed after being wealthy, this was because they were stingy by nature. But I am glad to hear that money hasn't changed you and you still want to help others.

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