Money, money, money....
This little thing that we call money is what rules over the lives of people in society.
With enough of it, you can have great social status and enjoy a relative life of ease and comfort.
With to little, you are always scrambling about trying to make ends meet...and one day you die. Talk about life purpose. Working past 60 to pay off a
mortgage on a house that will not die, being in debt until your only hope of escape is to move to some remote location in the Amazon...wait, world is
shrinking, you cant escape.
This thread is going to revolve around one topic from this "issue" I presented, which is housing. After all, it is the one thing that a man/woman
wants, which gives them a sense of purpose, belonging, or rather a sense of stability.
Kind of like in "Isnt it a Wonderful life", the main character says something like "People work day and night, is it not worthy to allow them to
own their own place to feel comfortable in, where they can say, 'this is mine', in the few short years of their life."
O.k. not exact quote, but see the one thing that could make you feel independent and actually as if you own something, is not yours. Its the banks, up
until when you die.
And further, if you dont pay property tax, it will leave you even if its payed off. (not where I live in Hungary, but Im sure that will change)
Also in America, I remember asking one of the housing communities what would happen if you decided not to pay the $300 per year for watering the one
bush you have out front. Well, your house can be taken from you. YOu have to pay these fees to the developers of the housing communities. Just one
more way to take your money.
What sparked this little thread?
Well I was watching on National Geographic today, in Hungarian of course, about tornadoes in America. Now Im American, so I understand whats
happening, but a lot of the Europeans are stunned to see and hear about Tornadoes and hurricanes blowing away houses...until they take a closer look
or I tell them what the houses are built out of.
Now here is a conspiracy in itself.
Here in Europe, house are not built of straw. (Wood and sheetrock). They are built of various items, depending on country...but for the most part
brick, stone, even "mud" type houses, which are far stronger than the typical american house.
My wifes grandmothers house was made of a "mud" type mixture...walls over 2ft thick.
It keeps the heat in when heated, and cool in the summer.
Other relatives have brick houses, my wife and I have a brick house of almost 2 ft thick of brick. (I remember my Uncle used to punch holes in the
wall of his parents house as a kid...Im talking older wood planks. And my butt, when rolling on the bed once put a hole in my parents wall, and I was
a skinny thing. Try to put a hole in my wall with your fist...you will be in the hospital.)
Now in all fairness, America has superb detail when it comes to decoration and final touches on houses. (Im talking once you get past the 500k point
in the houses of the suburbs of Atlanta. And over $900k closer to Buckhead of Atlanta)
But still...they are as weak as the rest. In fact, we looked at some houses just a couple years after they were built, and the guys kids wreaked
havock on the house.)
Im trying to clarify that America has strong points in housing as well as Europe, and they both have weak points.
However, in America, it seems people really get "messed over" with the pricing.
How is it that people pay $500k and up easily in Atlanta for what a European would call a paper house? Whey do they not just make them of 2 feet thick
brick like my house?
Building cost? It would be more expensive? Why is this? America is bigger, more resources...
Come one, a poorer country like Hungary can afford to manufacture and import bricks from Austria and build houses for way under $100k, yet America
I know, I know...America has more trees, and Europe has less.
Very true, all the more reason the wood/sheetrock houses should be cheaper.
But most peoples pride goes in a house that can fall down with a punch in the wall or a strong gust of wind. Its not the peoples fault...what choice
do they have.
My point is to say look at the large corporations who make their money off of people thnking that things have to be a certain way, and things have to
cost a certain price.
The funny thing, sad actually, is now the American style house is coming to Europe, and even Hungary. People I know are interested in it, and they had
the hardest time getting it through there heads, until plenty of picutres were showen, etc. that the walls are not even an inch thick. (Well depending
on the hollow space between sheetrock I suppose.
They see on t.v. all the houses from shows like 7th heaven and see the great detail Americans have, and dont click that the walls and roof are
virutally paper. :-)
And the prices...the same as a normal house here, though more and more builders are starting to incorporate more and more of the American style. It
wont be long until building a with bricks here is as cost prohibitive as it is in America...and why should it be?
The one thing that should be granted to each person in life...and as the world shrinks, it gets made of worse material, and they make t.v. shows, like
on national geographic, where people are trying to figure out how to make "crappy" material "better".
Lets just go back to the basics. Ever notice that there are Roman ruins, etc?
Good material...doubt in 2k years anyone will find a building from us around...
This goes on and on, and has been like this from the get go in America, though not limited to just America...its global...just more noticeable in
Think of the campaign against Hemp by the newspaper owners who wanted to keep cutting down trees...housing is just one issue...really as this last
paragraph hinted at.
Why should society be put on a leash to serve large corporations?
Can a society exist in which people work for the common good and not "control".
Control suffacates, and one day the fuel (the people) will cease to exist as the fire (those that control) will have burn them out, and in the process
bring about their own ruin.
Again, this is not an anti Amrerican thread vs. Europe, etc.
This is a thread about people...forget the nationalism...period. Its about living, breathing human beings controlled by "Money". Lets move on to the
next evolution on the earth...peace