Love of money is root of all evil if you have it

2017-06-22 06:00
on the runLunga adan

on the runLunga adan

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A colleague recently quipped: “Yhu hayi mna Lungas, asoze tu ndijole no Lazaro,” leaving me in awe.

I immediately sought clarity, because I could sense something bigger was coming.

Turns out this was in reference to the parable of the rich man named Lazarus who visited Christ in the dead of night asking what he should do in order to be saved, wherewith Jesus told him to forego of his wealth and hand it over to the poor.

What the colleague was up to, though was that he’d never date a ‘foregoer’ of her riches, a broke Lazarus, so to speak, albeit in his instance he meant a broke woman, the likes of the one who forewent of her last shekel, but then received the blessings of the Lord, on account of her ultimate sacrifice.

He goes for the minted woman, and this is because dating a poor one has its own challenges, like being bummed for airtime, data and a visit to the hair salon every now and again.

Whereas when one dates a well-off lady, the perks include being pampered like she would her two-year-old, including the benefit of driving in her car.

And all that is expected for you to meet your side of the bargain is to never fail to ‘rise to the occasion’, if you catch my drift.

My immediate shock at this revelation was only assuaged by the realisation that this is a sign of the times. Money rules to the point that a man would depend on a woman to crack it in life.

So it is too that endless trips to the bar counter are funded by mamas with thick wallets. You also come to realise that young fellows drive the ‘Vrrrr Phaaaas’ courtsey of sugar mamas. They don’t own them!

Life is fair to some, I surmise. I never thought I would see the day when there was a thin line between provider and dependant.

However this also applies to the women, especially the young ones. It has become fashionable to date a man purely for the size of his pocket and some are not even ashamed to admit it. If by any chance a girl dates a man who is not of considerable means, her friends are wont to ask: “Hayibo chomi, ubone ntoni kula mfana?”.

Guys could forever be searching for True Love because of this, and I’m not even referring to the women’s magazine.

This search for true love could be to no avail because methinks girls reckon good looks or a good personality fall short of being good enough to buy weaves.

These days everything revolves around the moolah.

Hard luck if you lack any respectful benjamins. Nothing counts in your favour, even a considered opinion.

It’s always the ‘poor as a church mouse’ fellow who is sent to buy the tonic when the gin is on the table. They even become the ‘carriers of the cooler boxes’, for all I know.

People have varying opinions about money or the lack of it; the root of all evil.

Some even fantasize about winning the lotto in the hope of being out of their misery: “If only I could win the Lotto...,” you hear them say.

While others say things along the lines of: “I’d rather not have money because of what it can drive people to do.” Of course.

But do we ever stop to think about those who are penniless amongst us, people with families to feed but have been stripped of any semblance of dignity merely because they have no money.

Bob Marley once said “some people are so poor all they have is money,”. True dat.

Even the young ones are catching in on this culture of looking at people with cash-tinted glasses. We may not realise it now, but this has had adverse effect on families.

When an unemployed relative visits, no one seems to afford them respect.

It’s not uncommon for a parent to blurt out in front of the kids: “Yho ubani uyazawubutha kulendlu kanene. Into azokuyenza kukugqiba ukutya. Andazi uhleleli ntoni angayofuna umsebenzi nje.”

But when its the relative with deep pockets, the attitude suddenly changes and becomes one of camaraderie, with the littles ones jostling for their lap as if he were father Christmas, sans the white beard. Times have dictated to us how we should relate to each other and we have brought this on our selves.

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