When I was a kid, my dad told me two stories all the time.
In the first one, a couple goes to Harvard University and asks to see the president, because they want to give a donation to the university. The president agrees to see them, but he doesn't know them, and because they're from somewhere way out west, he treats them curtly. After enduring the president's rudeness for a few moments, the woman finally turns to her husband and says, "Come, Leland; I think there are better things we can do with our money." The man was Leland Stanford, founder (with his wife) of Stanford University.
Even as a child, I understood that the moral of this story was not, "Be nice to strangers." Instead, this story is about who has real power. The moral is, "If you have money, you can tell anyoneeven the most established, respected, or powerful person in the worldto go fly a kite."
The second story went like this: One day a minister was invited to John D. Rockefeller's mansion. As he drove up the winding drive lined with tall trees, he said, "My, my. This is what the Lord might have doneif he'd had the money."
As a child, I understood the moral of this story, too. The minister, who represents belief in God, is overwhelmed by Rockefeller's wealth. Not only that, he says God himself doesn't have as much money as Rockefeller. Implicit in this claim is that he doesn't have as much power, either. Rockefeller is more powerful than God, because money is more powerful than God.
The stories you hear from your parents as a childespecially the ones you hear over and overplant a seed within you. What grew in my heart was a deep-rooted understanding that money meant independence. Money meant powermore power than ...
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