“Would you rather get $50 million or live 50 more years?”
The other day I saw that question, and it really rang true to popular culture in the U.S. right now considering our lottery just hit an all-time high of $680 million [also, how could that woman in Baltimore lose her ticket!? Come onnn].
This got me thinking**. My instinct was, “yes, I’ll take that $50 million off your hands”, but then I felt greedy about it. I mean, don’t tell me I’m the only one who looks both ways before picking up a dollar bill from the ground. “Did anyone see me do that??” Who am I kidding- I’ll pick up a nickel if I see it.
**Not that you have to care what I’m thinking. Its just been on my mind so I’m writing about it. Therapy is expensive people. Writing is free.
After more thought, I realized- no matter how selfish/greedy/you name it- I would definitely take the $50 million. Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen Twilight and thought about how much it would suck [pun intended] if you never aged while everyone else around you was moving on and growing old together. Even if that’s not the particular logistics of the “live 50 more years” deal, I still wouldn’t want it. I don’t want to be old and have my bones creaking, and have trouble walking. I’m good with living to 85, thanks.
Imagine what you could do with $50 million. Travel the world, build houses and hospitals in Africa or Cambodia [and pretend you’re Angelina Jolie], invest in entrepreneurs with an idea, help rebuild after various natural disasters, buy every kid in a shelter a present on a random Wednesday. That is powerful stuff. I, personally, think I would be able to do more good with $50 million than 50 years, but that’s just me. Call me greedy, I don’t care. I like to think society is greedy, and I’m just responding accordingly.
In fact, I would be willing to bet most people would choose to take the money. That’s just how our minds work. We are trained to think money = power or money = success. Is that necessarily true? Yes and no. It depends on how you define power and success, but whether we like it or not: the world runs on
Which would you choose?