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Unformatted text preview: Mike Marcinek Professor White Essay 2 October 1, 2007 Economics Vice Grip on Society When I was twelve years old my parents sat me down and showed my how I would begin to earn my allowance. You need to start learning how to earn and save your money, they said. Its a skill youll need your whole life. Now that Im what I like to think of as an adult, I see that they are right. Economics play a massive role in the lives of people all around the world. Thats how its been for centuries and unlike John Maynard Keynes, I feel that this will be true for many centuries to come. He once said, The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems - the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion. Although I wish it were true, I know it is not. Economics should take the backseat to more important things, but we have let it dig its roots so deep that nothing short of a miracle, or disaster, could shake off its grip. Although issues such as human relations, behavior, religion, and life are all far more important than economics, the need of money is so strong that all focus is directed to that goal and economics, therefore, has these issues dominated. All human relations are, however subtly, guided by the importance of money in our society. I wish that all people could interact happily and never worry about money. I wish that we all lived in a utopia where everyone had what they needed to survive and more, and the only problems that arose between people were friendly disagreements. This is not the case, however, and never will be. Economics plays such a huge role in regard to human relations today that if one has no money, his only relationships with others will be in begging for money on the street. It is very possible that a homeless man living in a cardboard box could be ten times nicer than a millionaire in a mansion on a hill, but nobody would know because nobody would want to even speak with the man who isnt in the same economic situation. speak with the man who isnt in the same economic situation....
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