Discovering the Relevance of Words
And don’t say, “two chicks at the same time.”
It’s kind of obvious, and quoting directly from movies is a very lazy form of comedy.
However, I won’t deny that this scene from Office Space is the first thing that popped into my head as I passed that billboard with the lotto jackpots on the way to work this morning. That scene where Peter recalls being asked by a guidance counselor what he would do with a million dollars. The idea is to think of the thing you would do if you could do anything.
The amount of money makes the question feel dated, I know. It is especially apparent as I pass the aforementioned billboard promising to award hundreds of millions of dollars to whatever convenience store patron or suburban book club played their kid’s birthdays and came up with the correct series of numbers. But the idea remains the same. What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money?
I assume that we can all share a common love of words, so for most of us the answer to that question probably involves writing. But writing doesn’t cost anything. Anyone with access to a scrap of paper and a piece of charcoal can write. When I was a kid I wrote swear words with bark dust on the sidewalk. It doesn’t take resources to write. It takes desire.
So, aside from writing, what would you do? That billboard is offering you $200 million. You can only buy so much crap. Would it become a burden? Would you grow to hate all that money and yearn for simplicity, like Hurley from Lost? Or would it destroy your humanity and turn you into a cocaine-snorting, assault-rifle-wielding maniac like Pacino in Scarface? Obviously these are only a couple of examples of the effects of sudden, extreme wealth. You might not get marooned on a magical island or take over the Miami underworld at all. But think of the possibilities.