We’ve all seen what money can do from a very young age. It gets you the best education, the fanciest food, and the self-entitled right to be an asshole like the Orange Toupee King.

It’s not wrong to want money. It’s not wrong to have it. Money pays the bills and can provide opportunities that create unforgettable moments. What’s wrong is knowingly disregarding human life to have more for yourself. Our capitalist society dictates that there should be no limit to how much you can make, but there MUST be a limit for what we allow to happen to our country and world. There must be a limit to this greed. Because this is inhumane.

These millionaires’ and billionaires’ insatiable need for more and more has created a stereotypical characteristic of Americans and how the world sees us. Frankly, it’s embarrassing, but more than anything, it’s infuriating. These vulture hedge funds feed on the weak; taken so much from so many who have so little. This greed exists for their fear of losing their power. How do we constantly allow these people to win?

The kind of power we should wield is the power to change what’s wrong. And what’s wrong is how we’ve allowed power into the wrong hands to tell us who can eat, who can learn, and who can live. Power in the hands of the rich only to make them more rich. Power in the hands of the government who refuse to act on gun violence. Power in the hands of people who pull the trigger of a weapon meant only for pain.

But power is not everything. Money means nothing. We would be nowhere without each other, so let’s start living that way.

“More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” – Charlie Chapin, The Great Dictator.

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