WOTD: money

I walked into the staff computer room at work today to find two colleagues having an interesting discussion about money. Or rather, how far would they go to get a large amount of it. How far I’d go depends on how big of a whore I am. Would I (they were anxious to know) come to a dead stop while walking down the aisle during my wedding ceremony and let out a huge loud fart if I got paid five million dollars? Of course I would. My god, I was expecting them to say a much lower number like, say, five thousand dollars.

Yeah, I’d do it for five thousand dollars. But not five hundred. My humiliation is worth more than that.

Anyway, one of the more interesting facts about modern money is that all of it is more or less worthless. This means it has no intrinsic value. In the past, there was no paper money and coins were made of precious metals such as gold and silver. These days coins are made of base metals, and with very few exceptions, the value of the coin is more than the materials that went into making it. The only reason why those worthless coins and pieces of paper in your wallet can be used to pay for stuff is because the government says they can. This is called a fiat system of currency, from the Latin word fiat, meaning, “let it be done.”

There’s a great song on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album called Money:

“Money. It’s a hit. Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit. I’m in the hi fidelity first class traveling set. And I think I need a Lear jet…”

Stay tuned…

Money, Power, and Women

I’ve read several articles on the phenomenon that power or money, or both, usually attracts beautiful women.  Very rarely do you see a successful man being surrounded by a troll for a wife.  Now I can’t speak for whether or not a powerful homosexual male would be surrounded by an attractive male, because I’ve never really thought about it.  Perhaps my friend Paulo can elaborate if this phenomenon correlates to the gay community as well.

Anyhow, some social scientists say it is evolutionary that women are attracted to males that have power, which usually means that they have money as well, because it demonstrates that they can afford resources to provide for the woman and her offspring.  That is a very animal way of looking at things, but in a way I can understand that.  If a woman desires to have children, she wants them to have the best access to resources available, and a strong, powerful and successful male will be able to give her that.

If you look at some powerful politicians, how many sex scandals are they not involved in, usually involving beautiful young women?  Look at the Prime Minister of Italy, or Eliot Spitzer, et cetera.  I think power can also make you attractive.  If you take Prince William and Prince Harry, honestly, and just take away the fact that they are royalty, and just have them be regular Joes, they are really not that attractive.  At least in my opinion, but what do I know?  But add the royalty, the money, the fame, and they could probably have any women in the world that they so desired.  Of course I’m being simplistic in my reasoning, but you get the gist of what I’m saying.

For added emphasis, take a look at the First Ladies of Spain and France, aren’t they lovely?