They who have time and gold

Panay News - - OPINION -

AND I have heard of Scott Fitzger­ald telling an­other Amer­i­can nov­el­ist, Ernest Hem­ing­way, “You know, the rich are dif­fer­ent from you and me.” Hem­ing­way replied, “Yes. They’ve United States of Amer­ica, he sat on got more money.” the porch and con­tem­plated that

The two late nov­el­ists, how­ever, he had not spent enough time for did make enough money through his wife and chil­dren in his younger wise use of time – writ­ing nov­els years. He wanted to make up for it that still sell to­day. As a more fa­mil­iar but could not due to fail­ing health. quo­ta­tion, says, “Time is gold.” A thought- pro­vok­ing proverb

Lu­cio Tan, one of the rich­est at­trib­uted to 19th-cen­tury English Filipino- Chi­nese busi­ness­men, poet Henry Dob­son says, “Time flies, max­i­mizes use of time by fly­ing on you say? Ah, no. Time stays, we go.” his he­li­copter from one of his Metro We know of hard- work­ing Manila of­fices to an­other. lawyers and doc­tors who make

The abil­ity of the rich to ex­pand hun­dreds of thou­sands of pe­sos a their ma­te­rial wealth in the short­est month but don’t have enough time time amazes em­ploy­ees who work to ac­com­mo­date all their clients and eight hours a day for sheer sur­vival. pa­tients, re­spec­tively. While their bosses play golf, they There are those who, for lack work over­time but still wal­low in of suf­fi­cient pa­trons, do not make debt. enough money to main­tain a de­cent

It’s not cor­rect to say, how­ever, life­style. that the rich al­ways use time wisely. Burke Hedges, an Amer­i­can Time, un­like money, could not be econ­o­mist, wrote: “Where would the re­cov­ered once spent. Take it from highly paid doc­tor be if he de­vel­oped Amer­i­can states­man Ben­jamin arthri­tis in his hands and could no Franklin. In 1787 at age 81, hav­ing longer cre­ate in­come be­cause he had been elected to the Con­sti­tu­tional to stop work­ing? If you don’t have Con­ven­tion that would frame the any in­come other than in­come from Con­sti­tu­tion of the newly-cre­ated your job, you’re head­ing for dis­as­ter.”

This ex­plains why the so-called ur­ban poor who re­ceive no reg­u­lar monthly in­come, thus un­able to rent a home, squat on other peo­ple’s real es­tate.

Eco­nomic in­equal­ity per­sists even in the United States, the sup­posed land of milk and honey. Said an ar­ti­cle in mag­a­zine, “It takes the av­er­age worker half

Busi­ness Week his life­time to pur­chase a home, ac­cu­mu­late some sav­ings and re­tire­ment ben­e­fits. It takes about six months of unem­ploy­ment to lose it all.”

With worse sce­nario here in the Philip­pines where even the mid­dle- class lack sus­tain­able monthly pay, the more cre­ative ones strive for a sec­ond or third in­come.

Take for ex­am­ple my Mar­ilou, an of­fice sec­re­tary who used

ku­mareng to worry over not hav­ing enough in­come to see her chil­dren through col­lege. But if she were earn­ing well, she might not have launched what is now a prof­itable side­line with ha­bit­ual reg­u­lar cus­tomers — sell­ing beauty prod­ucts.

Ob­vi­ously, how­ever, the big­ger wind­fall goes to the cor­po­ra­tion

man­u­fac­tur­ing the beauty prod­ucts. Any­way, so what?

I once asked a bar owner over beer whether he was sat­is­fied with his sales.

“It’s just enough to en­joy life,” he quipped. “I don’t have to be a Henry Sy to sleep on a com­fort­able bed. I eat the food that Lu­cio Tan and John Gokong­wei eat. I also travel abroad. It’s okay that they have more of ev­ery­thing. Who knows? They prob­a­bly have more prob­lems than I have.”

( com/ Korek siya diyan. hvego31@ ya­hoo. PN)

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