By Daviot Kelly
After years of wanting to win big money in something like the Super Lotto, I've now realised it's not for me.
I've bought a few tickets before, never getting more than a few numbers. And while I haven't purchased a ticket in months, I now know it's never going to happen. Well, it's not because I don't want anyone begging me. In fact, I believe most of my winnings would go to poor relatives.
The reason I don't want that much money, especially obtaining it by those means, is that I know it will go to my head. It's not easy to believe (or should I say 'know') that you will do stupid things, but I believe in calling a spade a spade.
Money brings power, financial power. But financial power, in this day and age, is a big deal. That's the type of power that, in the wrong hands, will cause problems. Serious problems. Now, I'm not worried I would end up eating out of garbage bins - imagine me competing with the rats in New Kingston - but I foresee bad decisions.
'Neva see, come see'
Financial power means freedom. Freedom to buy this, freedom to invest in that. Freedom to do as you wish, or the belief that you can, may lead to the 'Neva see, come see' behaviour we detest in others. I've seen how 'boasy' people can get when they have had far less good fortune bestowed them. So imagine how dem woulda gwaan if dem hit di jackpot?
If somebody builds a business from the ground up and ends up like billionaires Bill Gates and Carlos Slim, you can almost forgive them if they are a little smug. But the billionaires we read about are either very frugal or very generous to worthwhile charities. They're not flossing it around like lottery scammers.
Some people will argue that if it's not in your personality, then you simply won't turn into Mr Hyde after spending your whole life as Dr Jekyll. I suppose there is some credence to that theory. But I've seen and heard enough tales of people who you assume are smart, both bookwise and streetwise, do some incredibly dumb things just because they got a little 'freedom'. You know like those Doctor's Advice questions where the writers (often men) say, "Doc, I know I should do better"? Yeah, stuff like that.
Some people need a more rigid, almost communist-esque style, whether in their finances or otherwise. You know, just to make sure, if I'm going to be rich in the world, it means I'm going to have to do it the hard way. I'm pretty sure I will appreciate it more.