Hello, lovely peeps, Doris, here with her rather ranty Tuesday Thoughts, you have been warned.
This sort of follows on from Ravenna’s fabulous and very honest post yesterday.
Read, it now, if you haven’t already!
Raven McAllan talks about this very subject here today, so check that post out too, while you’re at it.
So, let’s talk some more about this sense of entitlement that everyone seems to have these days.
Just stop, okay, right now and here STOP!
Get a grip, get a reality check, and get your head out of your own behind, just for a second. Come and see how the other half live, you know the hard-working half, the ones that know the pleasure of hard work to get somewhere. The ones that struggle just as much as the next person, but simply get on with it, and, you know, make do.
As Ravenna rightly pointed out yesterday, it is a rare author, who is actually rich, though one could argue, looking at these figures below that all of us with a roof over our head, and food on the table are the rich ones.
Ready for some reality?
Got $2200? In this world, you’re rich. Assets (not cash) of $2200 per adult place a person in the top 50%of the world’s wealthiest.*
If you made $1500 last year, you’re in the top 20% of the world’s income earners.**
If you have sufficient food, decent clothes, live in a house or apartment, and have a reasonably reliable means of transportation, you are among the top 15% of the world’s wealthy. **
Have $61,000 in assets? You’re among the richest 10% of the adults in the world.*
If you earn $25,000 or more annually, you are in the top 10% of the world’s income-earners.***
If you have any money saved, a hobby that requires some equipment or supplies, a variety of clothes in your closet, two cars (in any condition), and live in your own home, you are in the top 5% of the world’s wealthy. **
If you earn more than $50,000 annually, you are in the top 1% of the world’s income earners.***
If you have more than $500,000 in assets, you’re part of the richest 1% of the world.*
Check these sites for more info on that:
*Source– MSN Money
**Money Possessions & Eternity by Randy Alcorn, pg 291
Oh, but I hear you say, that doesn’t apply to us because it’s so expensive where I live and you don’t know my circumstances….
This is true, but as in the case of the precious person over the weekend, let me remind you. You are on the Internet. Even if you only had access at work say, or free internet via a coffee shop etc, you need something to access that internet with. A smart phone at the very least, and they’re not cheap!
So unless you’re living like this.
Don’t tell me you can’t afford an e-book.
I’m well aware that everyone’s circumstances will be different, and everyone’s perspective on what it means to be poor will be different. Where you live has a lot to do with it, cost of living etc, but let me tell you this. I live in the south-east of the UK, which is blooming expensive. House prices alone are astronomical for a shoe box, and even higher in London, and to top it all hubby and I have a brood of nine kids. Yes, our choice, and we’re fortunate that hubby gets paid well, but ya know… spare cash… not happening.
So, I could say, “Oh, we’re poor. We can’t afford XYZ.”
Which is true, we can’t, but that does not give me the right to then go and steal other people’s hard work.
Stealing is never right. End of. No excuses, no ifs, no buts. It is WRONG.
Whether that is an object in your hand, or digital is irrelevant.
How much someone gets paid for their work or not get paid is irrelevant. They have a right to get paid for their work.
Let’s play the I really like to read, but I really cannot afford to buy books game.
There are such things as public libraries. There are such things as legally available free books. Amazon alone has hundreds of free books up every day. Go, hunt for something to read. Subscribe to something like Book Bub, which will send you a daily e-mail with free or discounted books in the genres that you like to read. And you know 99 cents for an e-book. Is that really going to break the bank. REALLY? Even $4.00, average price of a coffee, right? Which you’ll drink once and a book you get to keep for ever more…
I digress, back to free books and how to get them legally.
Join a review company. You get the pick of the new releases, just for writing a review. Get to know your favourite author. Offer to review, beta read, whatever that author needs.
Most of us offer ARC’s to trusted readers in exchange for an honest review.
It really isn’t rocket science, and there’s never an excuse for obtaining books illegally. That simply makes you a thief, pure and simple.
And there is only one place those belong.
That’s all from me today. Do stay naughty, folks, the legal kind of naughty, I hasten to add.