Its been a pretty big topic in the mainstream, on the internet recently in particular, about how much some sections of the job market make, but I’m not going to get into the politics about it. I’ve got a more writerly question, one of motivation. Once you’re making multi-millions a year, what do you do with that money and why does one keep on going? As someone who makes about 30k a year, I just can’t grasp why you would need all that money–I can grasp why you would WANT all that money, but the need is another thing–and from the way companies gobble each other up like Oroboros at a eating contest, you’d think it was a need.
I guess really its probably the same as why non-gamers look askance at our achievement points or the even more ancient climb to the coveted first place on the local arcade cabinet. In essence, people at that level use money and companies to keep score and I just don’t understand. Except, its like gamer score is worth anything other than a larger e-peen and its not like me earning achievements makes it impossible for someone else to get it as well. Sorry, getting political.
Even so, I do wonder about motivation, what keeps multi-millionares in the game instead of dropping half their worth into investments and then living off the interest? Isn’t the highest display of business success doing nothing and still getting paid? Do people just get used to a slowly escalating manner of living such that they can’t do anything else but keep swimming, ending up victims of societal pressure just like the rest of us? Or are they addicts, caught up on the chase of higher highs? I just don’t get it and probably never will…
On another note, I’ve got a story idea I’ll probably outline here in a sec.