…or here in the Philippines, maybe you can say “It’s all about the Ninoys…” (Fact: Former Senator Ninoy Aquino graces the PHP500 bill.)
Sad to say, it’s money that makes the world go round.
I used to dispute this when I was younger and idealistic — I always tell myself and others that there are more things in this world that mattered other than money. But as I got older, I realized that my beliefs might be nothing but blind idealism.
Well, maybe yes — but one thing I learned hustling to earn a living for more than 10 years — is that everywhere we go, the one who has the money is definitely King or Queen. Money talks and people are often times receptive to whoever is in possession of the tight wad of cash.
It’s sad, really.
I don’t want to get too heavy on this blog. But take the recent massive corruption scandal plaguing the Philippine Senate. Three senators were accused of allegedly funneling tax payer’s money into their private accounts. While there might be glaring evidence, the Senators’ defense counsels tried downplaying accusations by way of excuses. Six people who are implicated in the scam and thought to have benefited greatly in the funneled account has fled the country and are now in hiding. All of these — the fancy, schmansy lawyers and the quick jaunts abroad — are only possible if you the big bucks to spend.
This is also prevalent even in our personal lives. Whoever spends the big bucks or brings the money home is expected to be treated like royalty. People hang on to their every word, people wait on them hand and foot, and they are deluded with the idea that they can be snotty brats to everyone just because they have the big bucks.
There are times when I wish I didn’t have to grow up and grow old. I miss my old school idealism, because right now I have come to be pretty jaded with how people get respect. I shudder to think that people now get respect and give respect based on the money they have. It’s scary. But years of hustling to earn decent living wage, working myself to death and yet still be in the place where I am now — it has come to take a toll on how I view myself. There are times when I seriously consider this: If only I am making money then maybe people won’t view me or dismiss as quickly as they always should. It’s a demented concept, I know but working continuously for more than ten years just to earn my dues have taught me that.
Somwehere in the Holy Bible it says, “money is the root of all evil” — if this is true, then we might as well work for our salvation.