I have problems with money. I know that it is merely a medium of exchange, of course, but I think it is one that has – somehow – taken on malevolent characteristics these past few decades. It isn’t money, ‘per se’, but greed and worship of the damn stuff that has me somewhat put off. It is the promotion and reverence for it that makes me sick. It is the hoarding of it as a metric for being judged worthy that I rebel at. I am starting to prefer NOT getting near the filthy stuff. I am starting to reject it. I am starting to be disgusted by the omnipresence of it in everyday life.
But that reaction is not very workable in this current society…..
Trump (as a current example) was and still is seen as worthy of the presidency (OMG!!!!) in large part because he is rich. It is as if Americans value wealth (and celebrity) over every other human virtue. That repels me. That disgusts me.
Our own politicians preach ‘jobs’ (code for ‘your’ money) as the most valued of their so-called efforts on our behalf despite the fact that many of those ‘jobs’ despoil the environment, exploit the worker and only serve to trap and limit the lives of the common people. The ‘salary man’ in Japan is another term for ‘slave’.
Money is NOT the answer to MOST of what ails us but it is the answer to mounting debt caused by the consumer society in which we live. Debt is here and now! And so we seek money like an addict seeks the next fix. Ironically, more money only increases our sense of need. Cashflow is an addiction. We can never seem to get enough.
Having said all that (and I can go on forever), I recognize that the world revolves on it. Love used to make the world go round. Now it is money that moves us. To ignore that, is to be a fool and a hungry, homeless ‘loser’ without a car. I know that.
So, like all of the poor saps in the world, I try to get me some – now and then. Increasingly, I try to get me some less and less but I still do it. I really try to avoid it as much as possible and I am perfectly OK simply being given some, winning some or eking out a living with very little of it but, to be honest, I sometimes think I need some. And so I go get me some. Yuck.
And I hate that.
For the record, I managed to get me some over the years. We owned a house. We sold the house. We got us some as a result. Then we used that sum to build this house and now we don’t got none. Which is just fine. Almost everyone I know who had extra money was burdened by it. Or their kids were. Too much money is like too much of anything. Too much and you can degrade quickly into a Trump-ish spiral and become a pig and a boor and an ignoramus – added bonus: with an ex-wife or two and lost-their-way progeny.
Still, I would like a new boat with a new Yamaha motor.
So, maybe the key is ‘just enough’…..? NOT too much. NOT lots or extra. Maybe ‘just enough plus a bit-for-a-Yamaha’ is just right. Kinda like the Goldilock’s version of a savings account…?
All of this is by way of an introduction to the idea of monetizing the blog. A friend who is a computer-guy is recommending it. My son is endorsing the idea. Sally is wondering about it. I am reacting badly. Badly, in the sense that I am considering it. Did I mention the Yamaha?
No banners. No pop-ups. No on-line transactions with Pay-Pal. No t-shirts, coffee mugs or penis enlargers. My guy is simply suggesting that I provide hyper-links to products I endorse (which I already kinda did on my OTG friendly page but NOT for referral payments). Of course, that means I will be doing a blog on Yamaha outboards pretty bloody soon and so selling out makes it’s presence felt right there.
I am a fan of the OutBack OTG power systems, too. I currently like Discovery batteries but I also like Surrettes and have high hopes for Elon Musk’s Powerwall. In fact, I can switch brands on ya in a flash – depending on performance and value. I am NOT brand loyal although Yamaha and Honda have been referenced a lot. ‘Course, I like my old Nissan Pathfinder, too, but not any models that have been made after 2004. What kinda reference fee will THAT statement generate?
So, I dunno…………..
What do you think?