Is it wealth? I don’t think that one works. Paying ahead on your mortgage, 13 months/year instead of 12, works fine only if you have liquidity and life doesn't happen while you’re planning it. Credit card companies don’t give you squat unless I guess you argue with the lender to get relief from the endless interest. So, it’s not just wealth, eh?
Is it drama? As a reformed drama queen, I’ll say Maybe/Yes. But what’s up with the Nancy Kerrigan ~ Tonya Harding replays?! Did you know the sole videographer at that year’s US National Championships was the guy who captured that footage? I wasn't surprised to hear the media company has earned millions of dollars on that sad footage. But, was it worth:
$250 per second ?
Are you flip***’ing nuts?!?! That doesn't inspire me, so it gets a resounding No.
Is it our paychecks? As a supposedly overpaid Federal employee (don’t EVEN get me started on that crap), it takes me a day to net that much moohlah. And, too many of our I-struggle-to-feed-my-family friends earn less and deserve far more. That disparity saddens me and lessens the American dream, undermines our vision of Christian compassion, and I think finally debunks the myth of American Exceptionalism.
Back to the question of inspiration: Look, I’m not railing at what we do to improve ourselves, but how much human wreckage at the roadside, my friends? Does the inspiration to chase the easy money inevitably leave others behind? Not to be a downer, but the question hangs out there.