Saturday, 20 October 2012
What Price a Clean Conscience?
Wouldn't we all like to retire at a young age with enough money for us to do anything we wanted to do, without considering where the next penny was coming from?
Well one man just has. He is 41 years old, retiring from banking and has an estimated £450 million in his pocket. Yes, £450 million. He wants to spend time with his family. Don't we all? But some of us have to continue working our guts out to make ends meet and pay the bills.
So everyone envies him right? I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this one.
I feel like laughing because he made his money and probably worked damn hard in the process, so good on him. But would you really want to be in his shoes?
Let's say as a banker he contributed towards this financial crisis that has led to people being thrown on the scrap-heap, families having their houses repossessed, businesses failing, police and protesters getting hurt whilst clashing in riots, and the potential collapse of entire economies. The list could go on. Experts all agree that it was the banking industry that caused this.
So, if the success of this one man has come at the cost of so much pain for so many others, should he really be envied?
What price would you set on having a clean conscience?
Should he be allowed to retire with all this money?
How far would you go for money?
Be honest with me now, is their anyone out there whose morals might become a little bit more flexible, the larger the cash incentive involved?
All comments, opinions and views most welcome.