Nothing was going to stop Retty from slaying her wedding reception. Sis was ready to give it to them in her perfect custom-made bedazzled red lace dress. After the designer did her magic on the dress, she sent a picture to Retty. It was oh so perfect! Only problem was… after paying for the dress in full, Retty waited and waited and called and called. The dress don enter voicemail… it was a no-show. Finally after her wedding, Retty saw a picture of a famous Nigerian actress in her perfect red dress. The designer had sold it to the actress for who-knows-how-many-times more! Who would have thunk?
Everyone dragged the designer on Instagram. All because of this thing called ego… money… she left a bride hanging on her big day. This life no just balance at all. Let me gist you another story.
Recently, I shared on my Instagram, the story of Zipporah who lost her dad on a Boeing plane crash. I felt her pain men. She told us what really went down. Here’s the summary. Boeing did giri gara to produce a whole entire plane that will suspend itself in the air with… not doll babies, but actual human lives. Because they wanted to beat competition, they did wuru wuru and cut corners on the design, production, and whatnot. And just like that, 157 people died when the plane crashed with Zipporah’s dad on board. Oh, and just so you know, 189 people had died a few months prior when the same plane model crashed. Fam, this life no balance.
I’ll tell you another quick story. About five years ago or so, some Chinese companies were producing rice from plastic. Yep, you read it right… they would combine plastic and potatoes and somehow transform it to look just like real rice. Then they sold it and humans bought and ate plastic rice. I’m not sure if this is still going on, but just know that once upon a time, it happened because of this thing called ego… money.
Let’s talk about your favoooorite…. Amazon! Some moms may remember that there was once a website called diapers.com where you could order… eeeerrr… diapers and other baby items. Well, Amazon saw them and was like what y’all think you doing?? So right away, Amazon dropped prices on diapers and other baby items just so they could crush diapers.com. The prices were so ridiculously low that Amazon lost about $400 million on just diapers alone in the first year. Obviously, diapers.com couldn’t compete with such low prices, and tahdah!, they no longer exist today.
Friends, I barely scratched the surface. Eyin iPhone, iMac, i-gbogbo e lovers, abeg gather here real quick. When a two-TRILLION-dollar company is fighting over money and charging small developers 30% of every app purchase, you know that what…? This life no balance. There’s also Facebook who stole data from Snapchat to create Insta stories and pretty much almost drive them out of business. O wrong nau.
Do you see the connection yet? The wedding dress designer, Boeing, Chinese rice companies, Amazon, Apple, Facebook… have thrown away compassion and ethics just because of money, money, money. This life no balance at all.
We can read this post and be quick to criticize the “big boys”, but I’d like to challenge two sets of people –
1. Those who are currently doing wuru wuru. If, like the wedding dress designer, we can’t show compassion and be ethical in our “little” dealings today, then when we have an “Amazon” or a “Dangote”, with billions or trillions of dollars dangling in front of us, do we really think we’ll maintain integrity? Remember when I wrote a post titled Dear Influencers, we are tayad? Well, if our dear influencers wouldn’t turn down thousands of dollars to advertise a facial mask that gave them kro-kro, what do you think would happen if, like Boeing, there was billions of dollars involved?
2. Those who are currently honest in their dealings. A lot of us swear to the heavens that once we hammer, we will build so and so charity, and feed the homeless and put shelter over their heads, and this and that. Will you truly remember and keep this same energy when the money comes? Or will you become greedy and want more and more at ANY cost whatsoever? This thing called money has a very funny way of drying up people’s morals. Why do you think the leaders in Nigeria swallow up funds that are meant to build schools and hospitals for poor people?
Proverbs 22:1. A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.
Be honest, if I gave you $10 million dollars today, what would you really do with it?