Originally posted by Blaine91555
How much do you make a day? Do you give it to people who earn less than you or keep it?
I earn a modest wage. Yes I give money away to people
all the time. MSF, St Vincent de Paul, Matt Talbot, My old church and primary school even though I no longer participate in that religion it was still
a great school that does a great job. I also donate to the Cancer Council of NSW. I also help many homeless individuals in my city, I am currently
organising a trip to our national capital and I am sponsoring one of these individual into a major chess tournament as this game has helped him
recover from years of alcohol abuse. If you are ever in Sydney U2U me and I will gladly introduce you.
Of course I keep some myself, I do this to function within my community. I could work and give it all away sure. But what I do now does not place
another burden on the system. I look after myself, the people I love, my family and friends and lots of other when I can afford it, which is logical.
Many people depend on me to function.
I point out the difference in complaining about the cost of a bad habit and the reality that others experience in the hope of waking the OP up. You
may imply that because I do not act in an extreme moral manner of self impoverishment to justify your criteria of a level of morality or poverty I
must attain as some sort of approval for my comment is absolutely ridiculous. Absolutely. We are talking about complaining. One dollar. Smoking.
Ever waste any money on entertainment, have cable TV, the Internet (which is obvious), Magazines, any Hobbies, Ski, Snowboard, Dive or any
other unnecessary thing instead of giving your money to others who are less fortunate?
If I did I would have no problem with the cost of these
endeavours. I have not complained, once about the costs or complained that the associated costs were some how contrived to destroy my personal
freedom and liberty at such a cost that i would be one dollar worse of, and that when contexualised against what some people live on dailey, would
relegate my complaining about that one dollar as pathetic.
I understand where you are coming from. I expected irrational responses that attack me personally and that these attacks would some how try to negate
my highlighting the obvious distance between the OP's complaint and reality. As smoking is a highly addictive habit and as such, addicts often
suffer from stress- hypertension and an agressive often illogic rationale, do you really think your questioning my habits equates to the OP's
complaint, and that some how proves a point. Anyway, lets see where my honesty vs your irrational complaining and defending selfish habits take us.
Do you spend money on clothes you don't need, like suits,
No. In fact I quit a job like that 10 years ago to take a job for less money that
made me infinitely more happier and I could wear what ever I wanted. Which is now normally board shorts and a t-shirt. Yes I look cheap in amongst the
suits and ladies in Sydney CBD but who gives a @#$%.
Do you drive a Ford Focus or did you spend money on a vanity item like a mid-size or large car?
No. Second hand from my brother, I ride
bicycles everywhere but needed a care to drive my dad around for a while after he got serious clots from stenosis and calcification in his ateries and
veins due to diabetes. The car is very useful.
Any Artwork on your walls you bought?
Drawings and a poster made by my nieces and nephews.
Do you waste money collecting anything? Do you live in a house larger than you need?
I could be accuse of collecting bicycle as I
have a few, but they are all specialized and have different function. One i use to race ironman distance triathlon, another is a hybrid commuter, and
the last one a mountain bike with rigid forks and disk brakes that my employer purchased on my behalf so i could fullfill my role with greater
efficiency. I am Just buying a studio apparment in centennial park sydney after living with my folks so we could save a really decent deposit. We
almost bought a house a year and a half ago but luckily pulled out and just kept saving while people when nuts with loans and overpriced property.
Remember, you only need a couple of hundred square feet per person.
I know. I will be living in under 100 sq feet.
Got a large yard that wastes land?
Do you own any jewelry?
A watch. A pair of cuff links from my uncle.
Have any pets to feed?
Do you ever drive anywhere for pleasure and waste money on gas?
Ever take a vacation?
All of these things are a waste of money just like cigarettes.
No they are not. Not even close. None of the above even come close to
the damage smoking does. A watch tells me the time it has a function, i do not wear it as a habit, people are not disgusted by my watch, people ask me
for the time, not how much time I waste when I need a smoke. A car enables me to serve many, many community, social and family needs as well as enable
activities of daily living, smoking does none of these.
Where I live provides safety both physically and mentally, besides the personal economic benefits of investing in a property for the future it also
enables me to function more efficiently and purposefully within my community by providing me a place to keep food and clothes, to keep clean and
healthy, to sleep, etc. I can also extend this luxury to others. Smoking does none of that, the only thing that I can extend to others by smoking is
disfunction via addiction and disease.
When I take a vacation i meet new people, learn new things, I share some of the personal wealth i have earnt by moving to a new location and spending
that wealth by engaging the services and buisnesses of others where and when i choose to vacation. There is also the exchange of cultural differences,
attitudes and characteristics that add to lifes infinite tapestry. I can then bring these new attitudes, differences and characteristic back to my own
community to share.
Smoking only adds addiction, waste, disease. Smoking is an exchange between the product and the addict only. Only the buisness of smoking enjoys the
benefits of others hard earned wealth, those that unfortunately are addicted to that very product.
Got a log in your eye? Does it hurt?
No. Not until you find the bit where: I whine and complain about how much it costs me to partake
in an activity that is blatantly stupid, destructive and scientifically and universall acknowledge as severly unhealthy. Not until then. Find the part
where: me being a dollar worse of inspires my whining and complaining. Find the part where: I fail to see that if i quit the activity that sees me a
dollar worse of I would be infinitly better off through a vast number of ways, health wise, financially.