Barron Jones ’20 & Thomas Zehner ’20

There is a time honored expression Americans are fond of using: “Money Cannot Buy Happiness.” These words are spoken quickly and without as much as a second thought.  As children we are told that family is the one bond that can never be broken, that no power on Earth could ever come between a mother and son, a brother and sister. However, an equally powerful message is one we all learn at an equally impressionable age: money is power. Happiness may not be able to be bought, but money definitely supports happiness and builds its foundation. Money gives us room for our happiness to grow.

In materialistic, capitalist America, we are raised to desire tangible things; these things may have no sentimental value, yet they make us happier nonetheless. Every man living has wished for a new watch sometime in his life, or maybe the newest model of a sports car. And these tangible commodities grant their bearers the happiness that they desire. Yes, money can buy happiness, in a certain strange sort of way.

 

At the end of the day every single human being on the planet earth is exactly the same; they have all made a choice about their lives. The only thing that makes them believe that they are superior is the fact that they think their choice is the best. They are so set in the choice they have made it would be impossible for them to consider living any other way. This fact makes it nearly impossible for a person who has never judged the choice to live any other way. When money, also known as happiness, comes into question, people, all people, will do some pretty outrageous things. Is there enough money in the world to make people question their very existence, the way they live, their family has lived forever? I don’t know, but crazier things have happened, right?