Despite many different kinds of cultures, races, and governments throughout the world, one thing remains common.
Everybody wants your money.
Alright, if not everybody, almost everybody; especially those in business and government, certainly those who don’t mind taking what does not belong to them.
Face it. We live in a capitalist world. Governments want your money. Businesses want your money. Governments give citizens a variety of services in exchange for taxes they collect. Businesses give citizens products and services in exchange for money.
In general, both want more money and work diligently to figure out new ways and methods to extract that money from citizens and customers.
Here’s a good example.
I grew up with television, radio, a telephone, and both a school and public library. My parents bought a TV and a radio but what was viewed and listened to was free. Ditto for checking out books from the libraries. The only ongoing expense was the monthly telephone bill. $10 a month?
Look at the creative ways telecommunications companies have developed to extract money from customers in the 21st century. There is a monthly bill for cable TV, another for internet access, individual cellphone plans, even an ongoing payment for the phones.
$300 a month for a couple?
Everybody wants your money. We are inundated with advertisements that entice us and persuade us to buy products and services that will make our lives better and more enjoyable. If that’s the case, then why are there so many Karens in the world?
Karen is a pejorative slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people’s behaviors.
Regardless, a degree of caution is required when it comes to our money. Everybody wants some of it and while we need to use a growing chunk of what we have for basics— food, clothing, shelter— there is no requirement to succumb to every enticement that pops before our eyes.
Just remember that everybody wants your money. That thought alone may help you recognize that you are being influenced by others to their benefit more than to your benefit.