This past week, for me at least, seems to have been all about money. First Sam Zell buys the Chicago Tribune Co., then you have Kerkorian offer $4.5 Billion for Chrysler, and then you have the multiple reports and stories about how badly the music industry is struggling (see the Music Minute below). It was last Saturday in the "Watch List" that I posted a New York Times article on the widening of the income gap. Money is always up for discussion, but it seems like a very relevant topic lately. Also this week my seven year old daughter wrote as persausive essay on "Why all children should be rich". In her essay she proposed that all children should be rich because then they will be able to buy houses and clothes, and every one will be happy. Now I suppose that I can only look at this issue from one side (the side without the money), but as I reflect on my life, money has never brought me happiness. When I think of money these are the words that come to my mind: pressure, survival, provider, flaw system of trade, and so on. I am sure that if Sam Zell was asked what words came to mind when he thought on money, the words would be completely different. Yet, as the costs good seems to rise without control, while my opinion of the value of money seems to decrease at the same rate.
"It may be that today gold has become the exclusive ruler of life, but the time will come when man will again bow down to a higher god. Many things today owe their existence solely to the longing for money and wealth, but there is very little among them whose non-existence would leave humanity any the poorer. " - Adolf Hitler
Basically, the beauty of this country is the ability to reach the heights of Sam Zell, or struggle for art like so many writers, musicians, and artists. You can be driven by passion, driven by money, or by any other number things, but the point is you have the freedom to choose what makes you happy.
Question: What drives you on a daily basis, and what makes you truly happy? Are they the same, and how does your opinion of money factor in? Talk amongst yourselves...