Absolute Power

Absolute Power

We trick ourselves into believing that we are better than the men and women who are in the leadership role, the men and women who are really running things in this country. We criticize them for the things they do, for the things they are able to buy.

Who needs an airplane? Who needs a big, fancy mansion? Those bastards are selfish! Only thinking of themselves.  Why, if I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t waste in on myself! I’d help someone out. Someone less fortunate than me. I surely would.

Would you?

More to the point, did you?

We’ve all struggled to make ends meet. How hard was that? In the early days of your life, when you hadn’t climbed the ladder of success? To pay the bills. To buy the groceries. Before that big break through came, before that big promotion, how hard was it to just muddle through? An electric bill that was fifty percent higher than it was last month was enough to have you eating rice and potatoes at every meal because that’s all you could afford.

Things got better, though. Didn’t they get better? You made more money. You didn’t have to worry so much about making the ends meet. When the bill was due, you didn’t have to dig the change from the sofa to help pay the bill. Instead of wondering how you were going to pay the bills, you started planning for the future. You started planning for your future.

The house you were going to build, when you finally had the money.

The car you were going to buy, when you finally had the money.

The trips you were going to take, when you finally had the money.

Little thought of what you could do for those less fortunate than you.

I would help if only I had the money to help.

Why do the super rich have their own jet airplanes? Because they can.

Why do people who do not have their own jet airplanes bitch about people who have their own jet airplanes? Call them selfish? Call them…make up the name?

Because they can’t.

If you won the lottery, the Powerball tomorrow, a few hundred million in your bank account, set for life, what would you do with it? How much of it would go to help those less fortunate and how much of it would go to indulge yourself?

I am not judging. I would fail humanity on every level.

I would have my own jet airplane, not because I needed one.

Because I wanted one.

Oh, yeah. I’d give a few dollars here and there to the local churches, the Salvation Army, and do missionary work just to make myself feel better.

I do not judge you, my readers, in this scathing review of the human psyche, I judge myself. If I had more money than I could possibly spend, then I would throw a few crumbs to those less fortunate than me. Repeat, just to make myself feel better.

Useless.

The heroes of the world do all they can regardless of their monetary status. A great many of them are technically poor simply because of the work they do.

They might tell you a different story of what rich and poor means.

Me? I just want a jet airplane.

 

Tim

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When I was seven, I opened one of those little Golden Books (Lassie) and started copying the words down on paper and it set my soul on fire. I have been writing ever since. I don't know where this is going but I invite you along on the journey.
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5 Responses to Absolute Power

  1. Just Joan says:

    If I won the Lotto, I’d buy a big woodsy acreage someplace and turn it into a sanctuary for dogs. I get what you mean though, what we think we’d do and what we actually do are two different things. Back when I was scrounging change from the couch cushions to buy ramen noodles for the week, I found I was almost more grateful for small breaks than big ones. Finding an empty dryer at the Laundromat with 12 minutes still left on it. Discovering a coupon someone left behind right next to the product I was about to buy. Free coffee in the break rooms of the hospitals where I worked when I was a poor nursing student. Big donations aren’t necessary in my book, but I do like to leave a trail of anonymous kindnesses, small thing that might give a down-and-out person hope. Happy Holidays, Tim. When dogs need to be rescued, I might be calling you to borrow that jet. 🙂

  2. timkeen40 says:

    Joan,
    Thanks as always for stopping by. We share the same love for animals, that is for sure. I have one dog and three cats. My dog is snoring right next to me in a bed three feet from where I write.

    Tim

  3. Ana Daksina says:

    “A great many of them are technically poor simply because of the work they do.” Thank you for speaking for us.

  4. prenin says:

    Bloody Hell Tim!!! 🙂 ❤

    Biggest and best blog yet!!! 🙂 ❤

    I don't have much, but when Gloria and Skip (North Carolina – I'm in England) were in trouble I didn't hesitate.

    In total I gave them £1,060 when they needed it most.

    The money saved Skip twice (massive nose bleeds and the nearest hospital is in Raleigh which is 43 miles from where they live, so Skip was close to death due to losing half his blood volume which was due to the blood thinning medication he has to take after heart surgery and pacemaker fitting).

    Then my Pen Friend Gina, her mum and their house sharer Cheryl sold their house and everything they could to get the funds to buy a house in Arkansas, but the Jeep which was meant to pull the horsebox (dubbed operation Ark because of all the number of animals) blew the cylinder head gasket and they were essentially in deep shit!!!

    Total given? £1,755.

    Got them a truck to pull the horsebox, the moving van they needed, up i40 East (took about 4 days) and kept them fed until their benefits came through.

    Score 2 for Prenin!!! 🙂 ❤

    Then there was my Facebook friend Anna.

    She was on medication like me, but got pregnant so had to come off it so as not to harm the baby.

    I was in touch by Facebook Instant Messaging, as much as I could every day.

    Anna eventually gave birth, but at 44 it was decided she have a C-section and we welcomed into the world David Mark Jones.

    This Christmas she was struggling because Universal Credit robbed her of £52 per week, so I sent her £200.

    Not as much I know, but the Tories robbed me of my Lifetime Mobility Allowance, so it is now a struggle to get by.

    In return she sent me a box full of goodies, and treats, the first Christmas gift I have received in a VERY long time!!! 🙂 ❤

    It's not always money that makes a difference, but love, care and time!!! 🙂 ❤

    Blessed be!

    Preinin.

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