The Great Money Lie
By James Donahue
There has been a story making the rounds on the net about
a research study at some unnamed and obscure university that claims people can't enjoy money that they don't earn with their
own hard labor.
That old saw has been flying for years and the masses
. . . those that work as slaves for the rich . . . have bought it hook, line and sinker.
Back in my younger years I befriended a fellow named Mike
Lucas, then involved in heavy litigation against his employer because he was fired for bringing a union into the shop where
he worked. Mike, who still keeps in touch from his digs in California, has a wonderful brain and he understands more
than most people how the system works. He won his lawsuit and retired at a relatively young age.
Lucas believed the myth about the poor not enjoying "easy" money
was a deception, passed down by the few wealthy people who run the system, as a way of keeping everybody in a deceived form
of slavery. I believe he was quite right.
There is an ironic twist to this story that most people
don't think about. When the poor acquire sudden wealth, they don't take time to plan how they are going to handle
it or prepare for the way it will change their lives. Thus they often run into big trouble.
Over the years I saw this happen when I interviewed
multi-million dollar lottery winners and then went back to visit them ten years later. It was not uncommon to find that their
marriages failed, they were involved in litigation with former friends and relatives, and sometimes they were already into
That is because people with wealth become instant targets
for con artists and quick witted fellows who are skilled at taking money away from people who have it. Primary targets
are lottery winners, family inheritance recipients and the retired elderly.
The problem with our society is that we have allowed money
to be our god. Money is literally the controlling power over the people. It is worshipped. When people lose it they sometimes
become so despondent they commit suicide.
We train children through our public education system
to prepare for jobs to earn money. We teach them the value of money. Parents give their children an allowance that "teaches"
them the value of money. Everything is geared to place a slave mentality in our children as they pass through their formative
years. Public schools never teach children to think of being industrial, social or political leaders, or to develop right
I knew I was destined to be a writer early in life. Yet
my father, a chemical engineer who worked for a company that produced monosodium glutamate to poison the brains
of millions, encouraged me to go to college and prepare for a career in science. He saw money as success. He warned me that
a career in journalism would leave me a pauper.
I didn't buy the call of money then and I have never regretted
my decision. I followed my calling and spent a lifetime enjoying (almost) every minute of my vocation. I am still writing
and probably will continue doing so until my brain quits working and/or my fingers can no longer tickle the keyboard.
My point to all of this is that the lure of money is a
lie. Those that have money are usually skilled at acquiring it from others, and also keeping it from the thieves that
nibble at their doorframes. The rest of society is frantically groveling in the dust for some way to gain access to a wealth
that, for them, is unobtainable. The rich will make sure of that.
Also, I believe my father was wrong. While wealth can
make a man comfortable, it does not bring happiness or success. Even wealth that is hard-earned can't do this.
The thing that matters for everyone is love. Without love
of one another, family, children, neighbors and the Mother Earth, we miss the true purpose of our existence. From where
I sit, there isn't much of that being passed around these days.