Why do people want money?
Peter and Lawrence from the 1999 film Office Space have the answer:
Lawrence: Well, what about you now? what would you do? (if you had a million dollars)
Lawrence: Nothing, huh?
Peter: I would relax… I would sit on my ass all day… I would do nothing.
Lawrence: Well, you don’t need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin: he’s broke, don’t do shit.
Johnny B. Truant uses the same example in one of his blog entries. It’s a great post that points out the fact that money is not what people want. People don’t want the money itself and the things money can buy don’t really make anyone happy. At least if people are being honest and true to themselves.
People have asked me why I want to make the million dollars
I have saved and gathered money my whole life. Never to this date has money meant this little to me. I consider the phone calls I had today with my teammates more valuable and rewarding than any sum of money.
By making a million I want people to see what truly is important in life. I want to show that giving more emphasis to people and their emotions you can achieve true happiness. And that happiness is greatly undervalued.