We're all trained to give up money to get a treat. And we do it, even when it doesn't help. And with growing emptiness and desperation, we do it more. We want to make as much as possible so that we can spend as much as possible, because that's supposed to make us as happy as possible. Not true, of course. Yes, to a certain degree it helps. Money gives us leverage over our stresses, and freedom to travel, etc. But when I need to feel loved and connected, buying a cupcake, no matter how fancy it is, doesn't help much.
We need to stop pretending that indebtedness can be canceled, somehow escaped and forgotten, with the exchange of a few paper notes. When I need to eat, it's important. When I'm fed, my life is saved. Does $15 cover that? Yeah? Good, and here's a little tip too.
No, it doesn't cover it. I'm forever indebted, with my very life, to everyone who helps me live.
Dependence on each other is the meaning we search for in life. Thanks. Significance. Gratitude. And we toil every day doing things that indeed are truly significant. But we're not thanked, we're paid.