How does money affect the lives of people?
Money is universal. It is the thing people strive for. People work hard to become financially stable, and support their loved ones.
In the cartoon “The Great GAPsby Society” by Jeff Parker, he illustrates the gap of two men on completely different sides of the spectrum of careers and the impact of their polarity. It shows how those who talk about the wage gaps don’t understand the wage gap, because they don’t experience it, while those who are knowledgeable about the breach between classes, don’t have enough time to inform others about the issue. This shows how the rich become richer and the poor become poorer, further enlarging the divide between classes. Not only have they shown how money affects the people’s knowledge, but it also affects their hospitality to one another. Both men state the words “old sport”, but each person has their own connotative meaning. As the man lifts his head to speak to the employee, he states the word “old sport” in a shallow, degrading way as if he tried to sympathize with the man on the right, almost insulting the employee. The man on the right sarcastically remarks back with his shoulders hunched and his unrelenting stare. It shows how although people, they would never come to understand each other as their opinions differ due to the economical status.
Not only does it affect individuals, but it can also affect a community. In the Grapes of Wrath, they explain the Okies journey on how they migrate to California to find jobs and a better future. Throughout the book, we root for the migrants to be able to receive a better opportunity in life and find a place to settle and continue their life, but we also forget the citizens of California. Throughout most of the major chapters in the book, they include many migrant stories, but in the intercalary chapter 21, they describe the migrants as ants as they “swarmed on highways”. This alarmed Californians, as “men who have never been hungry saw the eyes of the hungry.” Californians started to panic as the feared their land would be taken as well as their jobs. Due to the desire for work, the migrants would work for anything as long as they were paid, as long as they would be able to feed their children by the end of the day. This caused a dramatic economic change in California, as wages decreased and threw many Californians out of work. Wages dropped and prices for items skyrocketed leaving many Californians to have mixed emotions due to the effect money had towards these migrants. People were “murderous for work” and were willing to do whatever it costs, but it also left the Californians angry due to the financial instability.
But having money can also start many problems rather than fix them. In the Huffington post, by Carolyn Gregoire wrote an article called “How Money Changes The Way We Think and Behave“, she states how “money changes everything”. In one of her seven things she mentions about the psychology of money and wealth, she describes how money itself can become addictive. She explained how there can be an dependency on gaining more money. This can lead to a compulsive behavior to acquire a continuous amount of money. It can become an addiction as the body gains an affection to money, causing the person to obtain bad habits to damage a person as they create bad environments for those around them.
There is a diverge between social classes when it comes to jobs. This can affect how someone is treated depending on the rich or the poor. How someone perceives you can change, as well as their arrogance to a bigger problem of financial stability. Not only does the social class create tension, but the competition for money also creates pressure for both migrants and Californians as they challenge each other for a job. But although the lack of money can affect a person’s live, so can having an affluent amount of money. The psychology of money can be factored down to seven things, and three of them include less empathy, clouding of moral judgement, and addiction.