Friday, October 14, 2005

The Price of Honour...

You want to know the price of honour??

Go borrow a certain amount of money from your friends. The amount that they are willing to borrow you shows how much honour you have.

10-20 years ago, my parents used to have friends who would borrow a large amount of money to friends with fairly no risk at all. Acquaintences could come to you asking for a favour, and a loan. And they would give willingly, without much doubt. Can we do this today?

Seriously, I wouldn't trust my friends with anything more than RM50.00 Not that I have the ability to loan you anything anyway, but if I did have an amount of money stashed somewhere, I would only be willing to loan an acquaintance not more than RM50.00. Good friends, maybe I can go up to RM200, but nothing more. If I really don't know you that well, then the most I will go is RM10.00.

RM10.00 is like small change for today. You can use more than that on 1 single lunch itself. So, imagine the amount of honour that was available in our society 20 years ago, when a meal costs no more than RM5, and people were willing to trust your honour with a good thousand bucks.

Sad to say, most of us have been living without honour. Not that we purposefully choose to do so, but sometimes, it is because society out there makes it so hard for us to trust our friends. There is a countless number of con-men out there that's always ready to make a quick buck. And sometimes, your friends don't hesitate to do the same at your expense.

In particular, I am really sick and tired of these direct sales people. They will make contact with you with any trick available to them. They know you're good at something, they will ask for a favour that requires the services of your perceived skill. For example, they will call you and say that they need help with something that requires 'your professional opinion'. And that is a lie to lure you to have dinner or a drink with them where they can sell you whatever they want to sell you. Or worse, use you as a down-line.

And the worst is, people are blinded with the supposed benefits that the product will bring. Greed.

But if someone tricks you out to dinner and preaches a religion to you, you find it offensive.

Why ah?? What's the difference?

Are you implying that if a person tricks you out to instill greed in you, it's ok? But when a person tricks you out and instigates something good to you, it's not honourable?

So, you are also implying that the direct sales trick is honourable? or are you saying that religion is not good?


Blogger Winn said...

you are a copywriter! cool. used to work in an agency before, n really adore those least they have their own space n wont be constantly disturb by clients' nasty phone calls at odd hrs. i wish i cld be a copywriter. they're really cool n patient. imagine checking the same ad copy again n again ..or spell check the same 5-word headline again n again whenever requested by the client.:)

on another note, religion's by choice ; same goes for MLM.

but my religion + my family come in a package. m brain rooted tho not deep to the soul. nevertheless i'm still one religion-confused soul.where's god?

October 14, 2005 1:28 pm  
Blogger Gab said...

haha! sometimes it's really hard to refuse lending people money. it just felt really awful. so dun ask to borrow money from me. :P kidding!

October 14, 2005 1:38 pm  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

winn: The problem with people nowadays is that they find religion repulsive. When friends trick them to a religious meeting, they feel betrayed, as if it's something bad. But if a friend tricks them to attend a MLM meeting, they don't. So in truth, is MLM better than religion?

gab: If you could, I would really need some help... Maybe I should start charging for you guys to read this site.. heheheheh... Of course I'm kidding....

October 14, 2005 3:13 pm  
Blogger Chief said...

ppl are afraid of commitment & restriction. many feels that religion does that. if you tell those around you you're a Christian, they expect you to be a saint. Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.

October 14, 2005 6:48 pm  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

Preach it again preacha!!!

October 15, 2005 9:28 am  
Blogger Winn said...

The attraction of MLM's money.
The attraction of religion is..heaven. (?)-- which, some ppls think god's non-existence and a bit far-fetch..

October 15, 2005 11:18 am  
Blogger SaDdNesZ.jc said...

people can be so superficial sometimes...

But they'll realise one day, when MONEY fails them, "That there musat be more than this!"

October 15, 2005 11:55 am  

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