Money Changes Everything . . . Or Does It?

My head is about to explode right now. Some people really have a lot of nerve. And it seems that the more money people have, the more cajones they have. As if their money entitles them to something.

In my little world, money doesn’t entitle anyone to anything. Money doesn’t get you whatever you want. If a person has money, I’m not going to treat him or her any different than the way I would treat someone in the same situation but with less money. Sure, money can buy you things, if those things are for sale. I am not for sale. If you can’t show me the common courtesy that I would show you, then your money simply makes you a rich rude bastard.

I’m sure there are nice rich people out there. But when a rich person uses his money as leverage by threatening to take it away, I object to that. If you don’t like how an organization is handling your donation, then stop donating. Donating money doesn’t give you total control over how an organization handles your money. If you want total control, then don’t give your money away.

I’m annoyed when someone with money decides that his time is more valuable than mine, simply because he has money that he can give and take away.  It bothers me when someone with money thinks that I must stop whatever I’m doing to accommodate him, simply because he has money that he can give and take away. I’m irked by the veiled threats to take the money away. Don’t threaten me. Just take the money away and go about your business.

Unfortunately, in this world, there are people who do value people with money. Some of them value people with money because they want the rich people to give money to their cause. Some of them value people with money because they like how they’re treated when they hang out with someone who can buy service. Some of them value people with money because they believe that if they hang out with rich people, they will become rich, too.

It’s interesting that this incident happened just as I was reading a post on values. And I have to ask myself the question that I’ve been asking myself for the last 9 years but have never really taken the time to answer – do my values align with my organization’s values? Would I be better off spending more time finding an organization whose values align with mine? Could I find an organization whose values align with mine? Or should I start spending more time figuring out how to be self-employed?

The thought processor churns on . . .

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