Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Paid The Cost

“Own boss! Own your masters, slaves, a mentality I carry with me to this very day.” Shawn Carter

America is designed in a way that money is an eminent part of survival. Having it doesn’t allow you as much as people believe that it does however not having it drastically limits you. When you move from not having it to having it, it seems like a weight has been lifted off of you shoulders hence the feeling of money granting a better life. Quite honestly money is just a tool however when living in a major city the importance of that tool is magnified. There are no natural resources, no fruit trees in the park to go pick, no wild animals to catch, kill and cook so if you wish to eat, you have to pay. I’ve come to the understanding that when Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 slavery changed it’s clothes. In it’s original form in America slave masters were of European descent in the modern form of slavery the masters are still of European descent; don’t believe me? Just take a look at the money and smile because that is your new master.

You are powerless without the money so you devise a plan to get the money, then you work hard to carry that plan out to the smallest detail and you get the money. However this is just the beginning because then you have to do it again, better than you did it the first time and each time you set your sights higher than before. Soon you even forget why you are doing this, all you know is that it must be done. Even after you get the money you are not done because you will always want more, it will never seem like enough. After you purchase what material goods you desire and pay all bills, you need more to repeat the process and you slide into a never-ending cycle.

You wanted the money so that you can have certain freedoms but the irony of it is that you have become a slave to money.


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