It’s ridiculous what money will get you. Money can buy anything, except happiness directly. But then you could just buy all the stuff you want and become happy. Money gives you access to things that most people don’t get, money gives you an advantage. Money can buy you better medicine, better doctors. That’s pretty fucked up. The people you know that have killed themselves; would they still be alive if they could’ve afforded a newer and better anti-depressant? People very often skip on essential check-ups and treatments because they don’t have money to pay for it. Maybe that’s how they would have found out that they’re actually at risk for cancer and heart disease. People with money live longer, and more importantly, more healthy lives.
Money can buy you accomplishments too. Did you know Alexander The Great was tutored by Aristotle? And he ended up conquering half the known world. He was probably a very impressive person to begin with, but the difference between a good education and none is like day and night. Think about how impressive the things you can and have done are, and now think about how impressive you’d be if fucking Aristotle was your tutor since childhood. Money can buy you the best teachers, books, and powerful drugs that make it easier to study. Dostoyevsky says money can buy talent; I don’t know about that but it can buy everything you need to develop that talent to it’s fullest potential.
Money can even buy a better destiny. It’s not exactly a secret that the sentence you get in court is directly related to how good your lawyer is. Money can buy you a better defense, which can buy you a lighter sentence. People know which lawyers can get them that; it’s not random. It isn’t a surprise to most people that you can only get the best outcome out of the legal system if you have money. Cash is the difference between five years in jail and probation. A ‘not guilty’ ruling can mean two things; that the person is innocent, or that the person has a good lawyer. But that’s not even news, is it?
Without money you have no food or shelter, unless you live in a society which is open to that kind of thing. But in a place like America, in most parts it’s practically a death sentence. You can’t live like that if you can’t produce your own food, and you can’t produce your own food unless you have a crapload of land on which to grow plants and hunt.
Money can’t directly buy happiness, but it’s probably a requirement. It isn’t right, but it’s true.