Moolah really spins the world on its crazy axis

2015-10-08 06:00
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I guess whoever came up with the ‘money makes the world go round’ mantra must have been a very observant human being.

Because, really, just stop for a moment and imagine a life without the X-factor that is moolah. Boring!

In fact, I could go as far as suggesting that we live for money, and equally so, die for it. For, how many times have you heard about a person who lost his life because he had an impromptu meeting with a scar-faced skollie who wanted to dispossess him of his hard-earned cash, only to find he is in no mood to accede to this aggressive request?

Also, we will not easily admit that we love ichankura, as you’ll often hear one say of another: “Yhu, ndlela le ayithanda ngayo imali ubani.” This is, of course, not to say it’s a bad thing to be ‘drunk in love’ with money, although some sections of the society hold the belief that ‘it is the root of all evil’.

For me, though, what would our everyday hustle amount to without the monetary rewards that come with it?

At least with some cash in one’s pocket, one is able to retain some sense of dignity, what with penniless folk shunned upon. Even those boys standing at street corners or next to kasi spaza shops know who to target when it comes to ‘khawundifakele apha i pound grootman’.

Methinks it also depends on how you view this whole money business that will determine which side of the fence you’re on. Is your love for money out of pure greed? Or is it only so that you are able to share your lot with the next person?

I ask these questions because I, myself, had a little money-related situation not too long ago. One guy, accompanied by his friend, came to me asking for transportation for his brother to the nearest day hospital.

He had suddenly fallen ill and I immediately felt the pity to help, especially as I knew the ‘patient’.

Having been told that he had missed a couple of days’ work due to ill health, I thought it wise not to overcharge said siclman. We duly dropped him at the hossie, and later, two of his relatives arrived to replace us.

On the way back, he gave me a scolding of note, for ‘charging too little’. The tirade went thus: “You should never ever do that again. You see now, you could be sitting with riches. Why show mercy? These people know how much it takes to get here.” I, however, kept my cool, although I felt strongly like throwing him out the car while in motion!

Such an experience made me ask myself: how is it that we stop ourselves from performing acts of kindness now and again, simply because we let money become the deciding factor?

At the rate we’re going, soon and very soon, things could turn for the worse. Imagine a man from next-door engulfed in flames, and before you throw that bucket of water to save the situation, you instead ask him: “Hey pal, how much have you got for me there before I can save your life?”

And that, my lovely friends, would be a very sad day

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