I do realise that you, my readers, have probably come to expect more from me, including my taste in literature. I love good, thoughtful and thought provoking books be these novels or technical, this is true. At the same time, and please try not to be disappointed, from time to time, particularly when tiredness takes over and my brain is screaming for a break, I do indulge in what I call ‘masterful rubbish’ – these are books that are well written, they draw you in and make you forget about all else but high literature these are certainly not.
So, yes, during the last three weeks or so, I read quite a few of the trilogies around: The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games and, of course it would have been hard to avoid it even if I wanted to, Fifty Shades of Grey. Don’t smirk – I was a complete nerd as usual and am probably one of the few adult women around who thinks that The Twilight Saga is much more erotic than Fifty Shades. I was also busy working out the ‘structural equivalence’ between the two; and some well known classic English novels; may even write about this one but…
…what I really wanted to say today is that The Twilight Saga contains couple of lessons about money and our lives.
For the ones who have not read it, this is the love story (and adventure) between two teens: a teen vampire (Edward Cullen) and a girl (Bella). He is handsome, dangerous and completely smitten with Bella – it is not the ‘normal’ sugary stuff about feelings; no, Edward is smitten at a very primal level: the level of blood. Bella, of course, falls for him as well…and once this is sorted the adventure begins: usually evolving around Bella getting in trouble.
What are these money lessons then?
Edward Cullen is also very, very rich. Guys, if now you are thinking ‘I knew it! You have to be rich to get the girls.’ you will be wrong – well, you will be wrong in the context of this book (and other structurally similar books). What attracts the girls is danger and passion, not money as such; the money is more of prop than a main character in these stories…and I suspect in many life stories as well. An important prop but still…a prop. So:
Lesson One: Having money may be a necessary but it is not sufficient condition in life.
Edward Cullen is rich for two reasons: one, he is immortal and has already been around for close to hundred years and two, he has a sister who can see the future – a very handy talent when it comes to the stock market.
Lesson Two: If you want to be rich allow sufficiently long time and become informed; this is the closest thing to being able to see the future.
This reminds me of a rule from systems theory: the rule of equi-finality. This claims that any system is bound to end up in exactly the same state as any other system given sufficient time. In other word, inequality stems from the fact that out time is limited and we chose to devote different time to different developments.
Under conditions of immortality, getting rich is not problematic – anyone can do it. Given that we are mortal, the question we ought to be asking ourselves is ‘what have I done today to ensure that I am taking full advantage of my time on this planet?’.