Just a Guy Trying to Give the Best Speeches
Before reading, I recommend taking a deep breath or two. The piece isn't meant to be read fast, and I know this isn't going to change its overall quality, but I know going into stories too fast ruins the emphasis sometimes for me, so yeah.
"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy."
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Speech 1 – Money and Loneliness Shouldn't Go Together
I am incredibly spoiled. I don't live in a fancy house, and swim in a pool of money, but all the people around me seem to struggle with such simple things, and all poor people in the world lack the things to which I take for granted every day. And yet, every day, I remember that no matter how much money I have, or how many resources I pour into solving this problem, I will always be incredibly shy, and by that extent, I will always be lonely. There will always be that feeling deep down in my gut that I haven't found anyone within a long time that I've connected with, and at least with how I treat companionship, no amount of money will ever replace that.
An excerpt from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy expands upon this problem to a planetary scale, where it easily explains the concept that many people around the world use the intake of money as an equivalent to being happy. And, as the tone of the piece suggests, this way will most likely never work. Not for anyone, with this mindset alone. The pursuit of money without another, more personal goal is like buying a printer without ink.
Now, of course, on the other side of the coin lies the argument that money is necessary for survival, and that survival is a good thing. Thus, good equals happiness. However, this problem extends beyond that, to where many people can survive, but they realize what they really wanted was to live. And… many people aiming to get more money hope to live life because of it. But, all these people end up doing is surviving better. Because living isn't about the pleasures of surviving, but rather it's about recognizing you love yourself even more. And if you want to start finding happiness, there's the internet. Almost any bit of knowledge, at your fingertips. If not that, you have your peers. They're nice, most of the time, so don't worry if you want some advice. Just don't think that money will make you live better.
It just won't.
Thank you so much for reading! This is my favorite speech I've written so far, so there's very little change from what I presented to my class. However, I'm still going to go back and fix other essay's I've written out further and hopefully leave you with an even bigger impact than the last one! Maybe I'll even start writing these at home, as side projects to a (hopefully) weekly upload schedule.
Until next time!