~Don’t get me wrong~
I sat at my desk in deep thought about the world around me wondering why things are the way they are. Do we just often see society for what it is or do we try to do more. I was looking at the US open results (a while back) and I noticed that the current winnings were at $10,800,000. How in the world do you get paid that amount of money for playing golf? Christiano Ronaldo takes home after each game roughly $200,000. You might think that is exaggerated and unusual but that is the real deal out there. I love golf but how is that justifiable when there are so many unfortunate situations around us?
Surprisingly, it has been noted that in USA, median household income is about $50,000. Meanwhile superstars like James Lebron earns up to 19 million in a year but protests have occasionally came up that he is underpaid. The facts have it that globally, those civil servants like police officers and teachers who influence the society directly are really underpaid. They might have positively shaped and motivated these athletes when they were young but their services go un-noticed. I am not against payment of athletes, but why pay them that much to the real world issues out there? Who among you have ever spent a night without food and a place to call home?
The Real Issue
Therefore, these are real issues our friends and neighbors are going through in silence. We spend all our money paying only a few people just for entertaining us yet we have people dying out there in the cold with nothing to eat. Many charitable organizations have been formed to provide possible interventions towards this problem but all their efforts have been overpowered by the reality out there. A recent demographic survey was done and it was shocking to note that out of ten people at least four are homeless yet we claim we are in an era of modernization. I chose to find out possible reasons to this, but later realized most people are still living under the bondage of poverty. It is ironical how one would rather watch a NFL game for $100 ticket but fail to provide shelter and food for a street child.
Money is a driving force, which if used properly it is possible to settle the homeless in the shortest time possible. Daily athletes payouts can settle close to 50 families at once. This is a comparative analysis, which shows general negligence to basic needs globally for secondary needs. Therefore, to harmonize such an issue on whether it is justifiable to pay movie stars or athletes such a bulk amount of money over the disadvantage members of the society, I share this voice of reason.
Firstly, it is important for leaders to hold a summit and accept that more funds have been channeled towards the entertainment sector than the common issues that all humanity face. Thereafter, they should standardize these earnings in a more reasonable way and save that starving and homeless child out there. She is crying but nobody notices her tears. These are not tears for missing a soap opera or not been taken to watch Serena Williams. She is crying because hunger is claiming her life.
Let’s look at this a little closer. These are all roughly put together numbers. Not everyone gets this amount or every year.
Football Player: $16,000,000
NBA Player: $34,000,000
Tennis Players: $38,000,000
NASCAR Driver: $22, 000,000
I mean the list goes on and on. This is just a way for me to shed light on how society will forever be without change. Some individuals do not chose to become homeless or even an orphan. When you look at how much money is being spent towards endorsing or paying these individuals, don’t you wonder? Look at the people and places that are supporting the homeless? Look at the buildings and how hard they work for the people in their community. Why aren’t they getting paid more to take care of those that need the most?
Sometimes, I wonder if the path I took was forced or did I truly chose it. Growing up with no support system can push a person to make decisions without any other options. I chose a good route but, what if? I have so many things I’m passionate about but it has taken me all these years to even pursue them. If I had the support or someone who paid attention to the things I love, would I have gone to participate in my final state championship for track? Would I have gone to college right after high school? Or would I have continued to sketch when not in art class, become a police officer as I’ve always wanted or even have a voice coach since I loved singing so much?
I mean come on; realistically, anything was and is possible. We cannot base what our lives could have been because of what the picture that is painted on television or the environment around us. We are the person we have become because of where we’ve been or what we’ve been through. Because the check is not justifiable, it does not mean it’s not earned.
Finally, it is crucial for us to show understanding and selfless love towards others, that’s justifiable.