Money & Celebrities

Lending money to friends and relatives

I came across this article today about a high profile actor suing his father and uncle for an unpaid loan.  It just made me smile, as it reminded me of some saying about never lending money to people you like or love, cus it can ruin the relationship.

Quite a few years ago, I lent some money (more like gave it, cus I don’t lend things) to a close relative in order to help their family move and get a fresh start in a city that had better employment opportunities.  So, I really had no expectations — I never would have given the money had I had expectations of repayment, because expectations breed disappointment.  So, I lent the money, and didn’t hear from that relative for a few years.  They didn’t have the money to pay me back in that time period, and so didn’t want to initiate contact with me, out of a sense of guilt.  Eventually, I received a card with a cheque with the money and a bit of interest all paid back.  Since I was upset with them for not communicating with me for that time period, I never called or responded to the receipt of the card.  Eventually, I received a phone call from them, asking me if I received the card and the cheque, and was everything ok.

I told them I was upset, and they were puzzled.  I said I’m not upset about the money — I’m upset because you chose not to speak to me as a result of it.  It was like I had done something wrong, and was being punished for it.  Interesting…

Would I lend money to someone?  No.  Would I give it away if they needed it, and I had it?  Yes.  It is not a difficult decision if the need is truly genuine.

To your prosperity,


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Celebrityism — A Religion

“Celebrityism, stated simply, is the worship of celebrities as some sort of demigods, watching their every move and looking up to them as if they are something more than humans.”

I’ve often wondered why (oh why) I have an interest in the lives of celebrities, and this link explains it!  I’m part of a cult!  So, why is it, I ask myself?  Is it because I would much rather read about someone else’s life — someone I can envy one day, and diss the next…all…just because?  Is it that I need a reprieve from my own stresses, especially around money, and so need to “escape” into someone else’s life for awhile?  Lots to ponder on this…

So a question that comes to mind is…how much power does money have over someone becoming famous?  And, as this question affects more than just celebrities, it just leads to more discussion around fame…which will continue in other postings…

To your prosperity,


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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 Money & Celebrities, Money & Fame No Comments

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