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Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

02 May

A bridge collapses in Minnesota and the families affected get $38 Million split between them in a “compromise” so that they won’t sue the State. That means that these families will be getting about $400,000 each for the “tragedy,” in which 13 people were killed and another 145 injured. The families are happy, as are the attorneys involved.

It is interesting how, in America, money is thought to make all of our dreams come true. It is portrayed by the media that money truely can buy happiness and make up for things that you have lost.

Mean while, 47 people die, 44 of whom were children, as a bus goes into a canal in India. I wonder how much money the Indian government is going to give to the families to avoid potential law sutes for this actual tragedy. Nearly 100,000 people die annually in bus accidents in India, so maybe they’re used to it and it’s not a tragedy to them?

What makes us so screwed up? When did greed so infect this country that we always have to find someone to point the finger at, and then go after that person, taking their cloak as well as their coat?

In the Bible, we read that “the love of money is the root of all evil(1 Tim. 6:10). Often we misquote that verse and say that money is the root of all evil. But there is a very big difference in money and the love of money. Money is needed to live in today’s world. But do you need to love money in order to live in today’s world?

Maybe I’m just too practical. Accidents happen, that’s why their called accidents. But for now, I’m going to go looking for the weakest bridge in the Salt Lake Valley so that I can cash in when it goes.

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3 Comments

Posted by on May 2, 2008 in Eyes+Sharp Stick, Rants

 

3 responses to “Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

  1. Tammy

    May 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I’d never noticed your “Eyes+Sharp Stick” label. There is a reason lawyers have job security in our nation. People have learned to use the legal system to their benefit. I doubt in India that anyone without money would get very far so they, I would presume, accept what happens as fate, realize their helplessness, and move on. Unfortunately for our country, there is that thing out there called the Pride Cycle…

     
  2. Bobby G.

    May 5, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I”m with those that believe that money cannot buy happiness, but it sure makes misery a lot more fun.With that said, all it would take to make me happy wouldbe to see my neighborhood cease it’s decent into becoming a ghetto.A little respect, morality, ethics, integrity, and civility would go a LONG way around my part of Fort Wayne, Indiana.But hey, $400,000 could make me forget all this like THAT (snaps fingers)Where’d you say that bridge is again?;)B.G.

     
  3. Al M

    May 14, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Nice post, I agree with you.Well, I guess if you gotta die, you might as well get something for your relatives, as absurd as that sounds.

     

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