Cee’s Share Your World questions this week had a question about would you rather receive $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give away to charity or a stranger.
I have been thinking more and more about that question ever since I saw the post. Sure we want to be the kind, caring person and take the larger amount to give away, but I have to look at reality. I am nowhere near the top 1% as Obama likes to call a group of people, heck I am probably not even in the top 40%,or 50% so $10,000 could really help me out. I could pay off a car loan, I could use it for various repairs that have been put off because of the lack of money, as I mentioned in my post yesterday I could even use it to help my son with part of his college tuition, I don’t think that is being greedy, wanting to take the money for me. If I went and spent the money on frivolous things or used the money as a down payment on a fancy car that I don’t really need, then yes I can see how that would be considered greedy, however using the money to make it easier financially for one month for me, I don’t think that is being greedy, I call it reality.
I know there are people who have less than I do, and I am not trying to dismiss their needs or say my needs are more important. I am saying faced with that choice, I have to look out for the needs of my family, no one else is. I am in the forgotten middle class. On paper everyone says I earn to much to qualify for anything, but in reality I barely make enough to make ends meet each month. I am not complaining, I am not looking for any ones sympathy, it’s just the cold hard facts of life and this economy.
So back to Cee’s question, after thinking about it for a couple of days, I would have to say I am taking the cash for myself. If that offends anyone, I am sorry but I believe that if any of us was faced with that choice in real life, a majority would do the same thing.