If you listen to people, you can learn the most incredible things. One time my coworker shared with me that her son who lived with her was 21 years old. We were talking about cars and she mentioned that he had had 4 cars in his young life. I was amazed and asked why and she shared that he had gotten into some accidents and not been careful. I continued to listen to her but in the back of my mind I had so many questions.
When you buy someone car after car when they are not responsible with one, are you helping them or hurting them? In this case, all those accidents caused him to loose his license and luckily he didn’t lose his life. It was fascinating listening to her explain how her insurance rates were sky high and the other money she spend on her family. She clearly wanted them to have a good life but at what cost to their character?
If money was no object would you give someone whatever they wanted? There is a famous quote that says “Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make rich.” I think of that often when I see the self-destructive behavior of what rich people do. Of course you can be homeless and self-destructive as well. Taking care of yourself can be a challenge. However it is also true that suicide rates of millionaires are higher than those less wealthy.
Isn’t it interesting that money doesn’t solve problems, it often just makes them worse.