Money Doesn't Rule My Mind, But It Does Rule The World

Money Doesn't Rule My Mind, But It Does Rule The World

Money may impact our lives in huge ways, but does it consume our minds?
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Money rules the world, as they say. This is a common thought that is backed up by a plethora of sources and examples in today’s society. Greed is a common sin of many now and in the past. There are many stories that paint greed as one of the most awful faults one can have that distorts the way that the characters interact with and view the world around them, making it seem as if their lust for money is the only thing in reality that truly matters to them. This can be true of some people, but is it true of all as most people would have you believe?

Money does very much impact our lives in huge ways. We are forced to face the reality of how nothing comes for free in this world at a very young age when we understand that the candy our mother hands to us was first given to her after she had exchanged some paper and round shiny objects with another person. When we grow older, we plead with our parents to please, please, please buy us that toy and they say, “No, I’m not going to buy that for you. I just bought you something last time we went out.” From here on out, we understand that “to buy” something is sometimes seen as a burden, but we tend to respond with this response not by calmly agreeing with them, but instead throwing a tantrum because everything is wrong in that moment if we can’t have that toy now.

We very much live in a world that is focused on now. With the internet, we can almost have anything we ever want at our fingertips right now. We don’t even have to wait to get home or go to a place with computers to use the Internet if we have a phone. Everything is easily accessible in today’s society if we just want to look, but if we want to have, that is a lot different and can pose a lot more difficulty. The Internet in that sense can be a very sad place if one does not have much money because online shopping at that point is window-shopping on a large scale. We can peruse through dozens of different stores from the safety of our beds and not have to feel bad about not purchasing something as we might feel if we were walking in and out of stores all day. But now, because we can shop so easily, there is more of a drive to get that pair of jeans NOW or get that couch NOW.

Bills are another issue that one has to worry about as they try to keep up with life. Shopping is fun but after you have spent your entire paycheck on new clothes and your bills are due in a week, money is the only thing you want. Making ends meet is really difficult for a lot of people and so often, if you ask a kid in school what they want to be when they grow up, they will throw out brain surgeon or doctor or lawyer and when you ask them why they chose that field, you get the response, “They make a lot of money.” Jobs have always been chosen for the sake of making money but in a society that preaches that one can achieve their dream if they just work hard enough, it seems rather hypocritical to then demand the people to either get a really good job that they love and makes a ton of money or starve.

Even though people care a lot about money because of its direct impact on their life, people by nature show how money is sometimes the last thing on their minds. I was listening to an NPR Planet Money episode the other day called “Nudge, Nudge, Noble,” and it features Richard Thaler who won the Nobel Prize in Economics because of his studies on how people behave irrationally. Anyone would agree that people behave irrationally often, but Thaler was more interested in how they behave irrationally according to economic ideas.

He had a professor that refused to spend more than thirty dollars on a bottle of wine. That is completely reasonable considering that wine is expensive, but what wasn’t necessarily reasonable is that he would let them mature until they were equivalent to a one hundred dollar bottle of wine. An economist would have taken that wine and then sold it, so they could have a benefit of seventy dollars, but instead, this professor just drank the wine. An economist would argue that was irrational, but that is because they believe that everything anyone ever does is because of money and this professor drank his wine simply because he enjoyed the fact that he had made this wine into a much better wine without having to spend the initial one hundred dollars.

Another example Thaler brought up was taxi drivers. Taxi drivers will often start out the day with a set figure in mind that they want to make. So say, a driver sets out with the idea of making three hundred dollars that day. If it is an exceptionally busy day, they could make that money in two hours. If it is a slow day, they could make that money in ten hours.

Thaler found that if a taxi driver made three hundred dollars in three hours because it was a busy day and that was the figure they had in their head from the start of the shift, they will knock off for the day instead of staying on. However, if a taxi driver is having a really slow day and has only made one hundred and fifty dollars in five hours, they will stay on to try to reach their goal. This makes sense to some people because if one gets their job done early, they will want to spend the rest of the time relaxing or spending time doing something they enjoy so it makes sense for the taxi driver to quit after hitting their mark. However, an economist would argue that the taxi driver should stay on to make way more money during that day. The other taxi driver that is having a really slow day should knock off early and see that it is just not going to be their day to make that three hundred unless they want to spend ten hours out there.

Thaler basically proved that many people are actually not consumed by the thought of only making money. People have other concerns and interests, such as family, friends, and honestly, just being lazy at home watching TV. There are so many more motivations than just this greed that is supposedly driving everyone. Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of people that are driven by a lust for money and that is all they want to attain and yet they also have a family and friends. But, on average, people are not as greedy as one might think, even though our society almost demands us to be that way.

Money may not rule our minds all the time, but it definitely does rule the world. To the shock of economists, humans have a very funny habit of getting distracted or valuing things, such as family and friends, over money.

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As A Female Christian Millennial, I Fully Support Alabama's Abortion Ban Because I Know God Would, Too

A life always has worth, no matter the circumstances.

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Alabama's state legislature passed a bill on May 14, 2019 that makes it illegal for abortions to be performed past six weeks of pregnancy. Doctors who are caught violating the law could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison. The bill is the strictest anti-abortion bill to date this year as states try to pass laws to challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.

While the law does allow an exception to women whose lives are at risks, it does not allow for abortions in the event of rape or incest. I support Alabama's new law, and I applaud them for their efforts to protect the rights of unborn children.

As a Christian, I believe that life is a precious gift from God and should be treated with care.

The sixth commandment is, "Thou shalt not kill," and Jesus said the second greatest rule was to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39-40). I believe this applies to every person born and unborn. But, even from a secular perspective, there are reasons that support an unborn child's right to life. Let's break down two of the most important components of the bill: abortion itself and the case of rape and incest.

A big argument in the debate is whether a baby is alive before it is born or only after it is born.

I believe can be explained and answered with simple medical science. In the medical profession, a person is pronounced dead when there is no more activity in the brain, known as brain-dead.

At that point, they consider there to be no more life in the body.

The opposite of death is life, so if you have electrical signals still coursing through your brain, then you are alive. A fetus begins to have electrical activity in its brain at six weeks. Most women do not find out they are pregnant until around that time, so by the time they decide to have an abortion, the baby, by all medical accounts, is alive.

Another indicator of whether a person is dead or dying is their pulse.

The pulse is how many times a person's heart beats per minute. If a person does not have a pulse, they will more than likely die if their heart cannot be resuscitated because no oxygen is getting to their brain.

Medical personnel does everything they can to start a person's heart back because they know that the heart is key to life.

A baby's heart begins to beat at five weeks old, again before the mother knows she is pregnant and can choose to have an abortion. Since the United States' justice system upholds that killing a person is wrong, then shouldn't killing a baby, who is alive, be wrong too? I think this is plenty of proof that aborting a baby is killing a living person and is therefore wrong.

Rape and incest are two horrible acts that should be punished. It is never the victim's or conceived a child's fault in the situation.

Given the reasons above for why abortion is wrong, I also believe, while both crimes are horrendous, that abortion is still not the answer to this problem. I do understand, however, that women, because of the traumatic experience or other reasons, may not be able to care for the child.

As such, I am an advocate for adoption.

There are many couples out there who cannot have children on their own who would love to adopt. In order, for this to be a viable option, though, Congress needs to make amendments to adoption laws.

Adoption is outrageously expensive, much more costly than an abortion, and is a long and tedious process.

Though the laws are in place so that not just anybody can adopt a child, the government still could stand to relax laws a little. Another option could be to offer aid to those who wish to adopt specifically to cover adoption expenses or to only those who meet certain requirements. If we want to protect unborn children, we must give women and families more viable options.

I know that my views are not popular, but God did not call us to be popular, He called us to be His disciples.

I will not compromise my convictions because I am in the minority. I support the women who have to face this dilemma, and I pray that they and our government officials make the right decisions and aid these women and families in need of help.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

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After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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