Everywhere I turn, I’m being bombarded with advice on how to make a million dollars in just a few easy steps. While it’s true that I haven’t counted them all, between such tutorial-type ads on television, in newspapers, in bookstores and online that have foisted themselves upon my consciousness over the course of my lifetime, I’m pretty sure that twelve million is a low estimate.
Before so many of us began suffering from ADD due to our non-stop entertainment being constantly interrupted by ads on how to make, or save, a million dollars, the most popular number of steps was ten, but then they had to change it to five. Some people decided to shake things up and offered odd numbers like three and seven.
Then, inflation began spiraling and wages dropped. People began saying “a million just doesn’t buy what it used to. Even with a million, I wouldn’t have enough left over after paying off my student loans to buy a house, and forget about getting sick or taking care of my aging parents.” In response to these kinds of observations, the ad-makers were forced to add an “s”, making it millions. This cost them quite a hefty bundle in printing costs for new pamphlets, books, and online website maintenance, so they had to churn out even more tutorial ads to cover that added cost.
I think these get-rich-quick ads are designed to exploit desperate people. Buying one of these books or responding to one of these ads while bill collectors are calling you day and night is like having your child drown in the bathtub while you’re reading “Ten Tips For Being A Better Parent”.
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