The world is full of statements that are true. They also often lead to a false assumption based on the truth. Take a minute to read today’s quote out loud. Now prior to reading the rest of the column, tell me what you think it means. (You don’t have to call, but do make a mental note).
“Money doesn't change men. It merely unmasks them.” Henry Ford.
I’ll bet your first thought is the popular one; “Ole Joe was aright until he hit the lottery, then we found out he’s just a rich rascal.” Or similar thoughts put to words. A sudden big promotion will often give the world a different view of a person’s true values.
When someone hits it big and then forgets the friends of less wealthy times, it is painful to those left behind. One of the knocks on sudden wealth showered upon athletes is their too common practice of forgetting the old neighborhood friends, even relatives. Giving back is a rare action. According to Mr. Ford, they did not change, their mask was just ripped off.
I grew up during the time that “Hillbilly Singers” were poor and loved what they were doing. Some of the stars of that time just about lived in their cars, a few of them dying in the back seat while someone else drove to the next meeting, Hank Williams for example. Then a change from “Hillbilly Music” to “Country Western” brought in the dollars by the train load and too many from the “Coal Country” forgot their roots. Out came a song concerning the forgetful ones, with one line, “Pick me up on your way down.” And many over the years could sure use a pick me up.
Lest you think I am against success, please note that it is observable that many who have money and suddenly lose it, often resort to a less admirable true self.
Joyce and I admire Dolly Parton; she’s Dolly whether rich or poor, with a few ounces of Styrofoam being the only difference. She gives millions away, but remembers from whence she came. Vast amounts of money revealed the genuine Dolly.
Paul nailed it with this: Philippians 4:11-12 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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