Monday, 25 August 2014

Does Money Make You A “better” Person? Oh Yes.

Before I start, let me put the word “better” in context here. A “better” person would be the one who is more kind, humble, well-behaved, well-dressed, well-spoken and most importantly caring to others. A person scoring high on these traits is bound for recognition and every once in a while might hear the much coveted line – “You Sir! Are a “better” person”. Enough with the sarcasm already (no way), let’s see if money makes you a “better” person.
I usually get these whims which propel me to get away from the suffocating familiarity in the vicinity, you know what I mean, the toxicity of the city….. (If you get it, You Sir! Are a “SOAD” fan). This weekend I got those whims back and thus I decided to walk a walk to some random place. I settled at this abandoned park where there were a few rag pickers lying in the grass, a drunk hiding behind a tree still drinking ( gave me a “it’s fu***** weekend, b****!” look) and a few kids performing acrobatics on a swing.

A sight of exhausted rag pickers and a drunk- Holy Moly! Definitely, my best bet was socializing with the children. As I approached the kids, they started to speed up their acts on the swing. Somehow, I managed to induce a sense of occasion into these kids and now they had an audience in me. As they say, make hay while the sun shines; the kids decided to show off their dexterity in something that they must have mastered at their tender age.

The transcript of the conversation(as I can recall) is as follows:

Me: Slow down kids.

Kid 1: Uncle, we do this all the time. (I wish I had hair over my bald head)

Me: Slippers? Why are you kids barefooted?

Kid 1: This youngest brother of mine has misplaced them, he is a trouble maker. (Referring to kid 2)

Kid 2: Uncle, you know why did we cut our hair?

Kid 2 (continuing): We had lice in our hair so our father took us all to the barber. Why did you cut your hair?

Me: I do not like hair. (The kids giggled)

Me: What does your father do?

Kid 2: He is a milker. We live in our house over there. (The kid pointed to a hut near the park)

I looked at the hut, I looked at the poverty. Kids, not more than five years of age, playing dangerously on a swing - I raised an eyebrow at the credibility of their father and family.

I was giving it a thought and started to walk away when kid 
2 shouted from behind:

Kid 2: Uncle, do come tomorrow.

While on my way out of the park, I could see it all. I realized that it is the money that could have altered the kids as well as the father into “better” persons. If the father had money, the kids would never need to roam in rags barefooted. They would be well-dressed playing video games, they would be “better”. The father would have enough money not to worry about other means to obtain it. Hence, the father could chase down the kids and not let them risk playing a game that could result in serious injuries. It would show the caring nature of the father. He would become a “better” person, if he could do that.

But he cannot do that; he needs to worry about earning his livelihood before chasing his kids. He needs to work more and care less to earn enough to even afford slippers, though there is good chance that their father wouldn't have observed that his kids are running barefooted.

This is what lack of money does to you; it makes you a bad person. Mkay?  

So, What does a lot of money do?


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