Sunday, July 31, 2005

"If I Were A Rich Man"


In the 1971 musical "Fiddler on the Roof", Topov plays Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman in pre-revolutionary Russia. When Petchik, a young Russian with ideas, says "Money is the world's curse", Tevye replies "May the Lord smite me with it. And may I never recover". He also sings the song "If I Were A Rich Man", dreaming about how life would be if he were rich. He dreamed of having chickens not having to work... Back then, money would have been easier to conserve and he would most likely achieve this if he were suddenly wealthy. Nowadays, however, this would be much more difficult.

Average people upon suddenly finding themselves rich tend to go a bit crazy. They spend their money, using it up quickly and ending up where they began, or worse. For example, one person won $7,500,000 in the Ohio lottery. The person bought a house, burned it down in 1992, and was convicted of aggravated arson. This person testified in court that winning made his/her life "a living hell". Having money can make you greedy and not having money can also make you greedy. I guess the best thing would be to have a comfortable, disciplined, stable lifestyle and be content with it. Winners aren't always winners.

Monday, July 25, 2005

The Need For Average

Every country in the end needs to get average. The reasons that the U.S.A. and the U.K. are in there ways "super countries" is because they have average people. Average people are those who are in the middle class and can pay their bills and still have a decent life. Have you ever heard of a real homeless, dying of hunger, 24/7 beggar in the U.S.A or U.K.? I gaurantee you that you can't think of more than three people maximum. Now think of countries like Haiti and many African countries. They only have two types of people there; rich or poor, with a few exceptions. These countries don't have local arcade games, waterparks, bowling, or golf courses because there are not enough people that can afford them (tourism might also play a part). Think about it, who want to go to arcades, waterparks, bowling, and golfcourses? The answer; your everyday, average fellow. Poor people won't go because they need to save the money for the bills and rich people would rather just buy the place. In the end the way for a country to be great is to get average!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The President's nominee

Tonight I watched President Bush announce Judge John Roberts as his nominee for Supreme Court justice. He told of the judge's character and accomplishments. I however would have been content to trust the president's decision, with or without the amazing record of his nominee. President Bush is in my opinion one of the best American presidents in recent history. He has been president during hard times, but he has persevered and acted in the best interest of the country. President Bush is a truly great man.