posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 09:03 PM
I've got news for you. Many of us sell ourselves for far less than a million dollars. Many of us - probably the majority of us - compromise
ourselves, lie, cheat, steal, bend rules, hurt people, all for their regular pay. The important thing to realize, though, is that people aren't
doing these things for the lousy tens of thousands they get; they're doing it for their livelihood. They're doing it so that they can eat, have a
roof over their heads. For most of us, it's not about money per se; it's about surviving. And sure, we'll do all sorts of things if we think our
survival is at risk.
I don't know what I'd do for a million dollars. I think I'd have to be given a specific task, then asked how much I'd require in order to do it.
I had a friend who often asked, "How much money would it take for you to eat a spoonful of dog poop?" Silly question, but really - how much? Would
you simply refuse, even for a billion dollars? I mean, just one moment of horrible experience, and you'd be set for life. You could do a lot of
good with a billion dollars. Or ten billion, or whatever.
I think for many people, it creeps up on them. They don't start out willing to murder or commit serious felonies. They work up to it. They get
asked - and go ahead and do - lesser crimes first, destroy a memo here, sabotage a guy's career there, maybe justifying it on the theory of "self
defense" or something. After a while it becomes easy, and they can consider worse crimes. I'd hate to think that there are people who would go
ahead and murder, without ever objecting (I know there are such, but I still hate to think of it).
Once you've crossed a line, they've pretty well got you. You can't get out. You've broken the laws, done something they can reveal if they want,
and you're owned. So you keep on doing stuff, stealing and back-stabbing and whatever it takes to maintain the status quo.
I'm not a saint. I've got my price, I'm sure. But - I think I'd need more than a million dollars to do anything serious. A million doesn't go
as far as it used to, you know...