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Money and Integrity

Chris Peruzzi Christopher Peruzzi is a science fiction and horror enthusiast. He is a writer by night and an IT professional by day. Chris is currently working on his first novel, a horror story involving the great state of New Jersey. When he's not writing it, or articles for Hubpages, he blogs with others on his own site, Vikar's Rant (www.vikarsrant.net) where he is editor and chief.

” The best things in life are free, but you can feed them to the birds and bees. Give me money, that’s what I want.”
– The Beatles

“There is nothing quite as wonderful as money! There is nothing quite as beautiful as cash! Some people say it’s folly, but I’d rather have the lolly, with money you can make a smash.”
– Eric Idle, Monty Python’s Flying Cicus – The Money Song

“Money, I love everything about it. I love to eat it. They say you can’t take it with you? I can take it with me.”
– Steve Martin

“You can keep your Marxist ways, for it’s only just a phase… Money, money, money makes the world go round!!!”
– Eric Idle, Monty Python’s Flying Cicus – The Money Song

“I’m a Toydarian. Mind tricks don’t work on me. Only money.”
– Watto, Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace

Have I mentioned to you that I’m monetarily motivated?

No? Well, I am.

I’m for sale to the highest bidder, or the not so highest bidder, or the person who will give me what I need when I need it. I love money. I think the people who say that money can’t buy happiness don’t know where to shop. Actually, money can’t buy happiness, but I am certain it can be rented.

Believe me, I know that about 80% of my problems could be solved with cash and I am not above saying so. However, I am also a great believer in personal integrity. I believe that an individual’s personal word is worth more than the power of cash. Integrity is an issue that has been the forefront of most of my rants recently. Whether it has anything to do with a corporation or just someone saying that they’d do something and delivering on that promise, I can’t respect anyone or anything without integrity.

Money and integrity. Integrity and money. They really should go together. Most of the time these two issues are mutually exclusive. Show me a wealthy man, I’ll show you someone whose got a big ol’ skeleton in his closet. I have yet to meet a well to do person that didn’t do something despicable to either get his money or keep it. And in many ways it disgusts me.

I would also hate to think that the only way I’ll get rich is to sell my soul for it. But as souls go mine shouldn’t fetch a really high price anyway. Sometimes, it’s just enough money to pay the mortgage. Other times, it’s just something that will make me sleep better at night. An extra grand in my checking account will do that.

I’ve heard other people say “The things I do for love.” That’s nothing compared to the things I’ll do for money.

Just kidding. There are just some things that I won’t do. That reminds me of a good lawyer joke.

Did you hear that scientists are going to start using lawyers instead of rats? It’s true. The scientists have found that they get less attached to the lawyers and there are just some things that a rat won’t do.

My scruples could be called into question if there were a significant dollar amount attached to any issue. Will I do something disgusting for money…. mayyyybe. Will I sell out my business principles for a couple hundred grand? Where do I sign?

I can hear the deal in my head right now. “We’ve established what you are Mr. Vikar. Now, it’s just a matter of negotiating price.” Oh well, we all can’t be Mother Theresa.

But let’s get back to the subject of integrity. I believe that the majority of the headlines out in the news today are really integrity issues. Let’s think of the Martha Stewart debacle. If you act now, you’ll be able to keep your money. I have a little information that could be slightly privileged, but if I use it I’ll earn millions. Hmmmm, or let’s see. If I lie and rate this crappy stock high, I can buy it low and be able to sell it really, really high… if I hype it juuuuussssst right. Or maybe if I lie about the books, my company will look much better on paper than it really is and I could make a fortune buying into that company and selling before all this crap comes to light.

What people do for money. Cash. Cold hard cash.

My father had always told me that sooner or later someone always has to pay the piper. Well, the piper is getting winded and he is starting to pack his bag to go home. C’mon guys, let’s pass the hat and pay the man. All it’s going to cost us is the sweat of honest men and women. Let’s not bother with the fact that a whole bunch of golden parachutes have ejected leaving the rest of us shmoes holding the bag.

And before I hear anyone say anything about hard working rich people… there aren’t any. Not anymore. The hard working rich people lost the money they earned with their 401K’s. So, right now, they are retired poor people with hopefully a bunch of cash in their mattress.

No, I’m afraid the rich people nowadays are the bastards that decided to cheat the rest of us out of our bucks. Look at the Dow. You can see them all bailing. What we are looking at right now is a severe market adjustment. The bastards have pushed the envelope too long and too hard.

This should be no surprise. We learned ethical lessons from a president that “did not have sexual relations with that woman”. If the president can lie, why can’t big business. So what if Arthur Andersen and MCI Worldcom are billions of dollars off on their accounts. For a while, big business could play the Jedi Mind Trick with the public and get away with it.

A fish rots from the head down. What we are watching right now is the aftermath of everyone getting caught.

Did I ever tell you that I had the opportunity to work as a commodity broker at one point in my life? The problem was that I did not look good with a full beard. I’ve discovered that in order to shave, I’d eventually have to look in a mirror. When the man staring back is not someone I’d like to look at… well, beard is the only way to go. I’m funny that way. My disgust for the financial community knows no equal. That was then and that is now.

I just can’t stand them. And if they burn in hell, I hope I’ll be there to stoke up the flames.

I keep on thinking whether there is a way to earn money in these modern times and not have to sell your soul for it. With the way legislation is right now, I think the only way to get it now is to sue for it. This country has managed to find the cure for the American Dream. In this country you have the opportunity to earn as much money as you want and succeed. At the same time, we will give the opportunity to anyone else to come along and take it from you. Always remember that the hot coffee in your cup is hot. If there is no sign on the cup saying that, you can make millions.

If little junior skins his knee playing ball, before you get that Band-Aid for him, remember to sue the township for negligence. The ground should have been more even to promote safe play for children. OH THOSE POOR CHILDREN!!! WHATEVER SHALL WE DO FOR THEM!!!! TO GROW UP IN A WORLD SO DANGEROUS!!! We can’t have a world where a child can skin his knee. But for a million dollars, his knee will feel a lot better. A million dollars can buy an awful lot of bubble wrap to keep your child safe.

I understand the popping can be fun, too. So long as your kid doesn’t eat it. Hmmmmmmmm.

It disgusts me that doctors are the first to be preyed upon. The money hungry vultures that get sick look for an opportunity for their cold. “Well, I took the medication that the doctor gave me…. all at once. What? I shouldn’t have done that? Let me sue.”

This country has found a way to let the idiots and the immoral rise to the top while leaving hard working honest people impoverished. It really makes me sick just to think about it. We have become a society of the have’s and the have not’s. And we all know what road that leads to. Orwell wrote all about it.

But listen to me, I have gone too far.

Here I go on a tirade for the working class. Perhaps, I have lost perspective. Perhaps, I need to clear my pallet. Perhaps, with a couple of bucks, I can find a finance plan to buy back my innocence and have a bit left over to keep a roof over my head.

People say that money is the root of all evil. Tell me who is saying that.

I want names.

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