Does Money Make you Mean?
You've got more money, more opportunities to move around the board, and more access to resources.
And as you think about that experience, I want you to ask yourself:
PP of Tedtalk ran a study on the U.C. Berkeley campus to look at exactly that question.
2. When they passed Go, they collected twice the salary.
Over the course of 15 minutes, they watched through hidden cameras what happened.
Here is a little bit of what they saw.
Rich Player: How many 500s did you have?
Poor Player: Just one.
And as the game went on, one of the really interesting and dramatic patterns that they observed begin to emerge was that:
Rich Player: I have money for everything.
Poor Player: How much is that?
Rich Player: You owe me 24 dollars. You're going to lose all your money soon. I'll buy it. I have so much money. I have so much money, it takes me forever.
Rich Player 2: I'm going to buy out this whole board.
Rich Player 3: You're going to run out of money soon. I'm pretty much untouchable at this point.
What's really, really interesting, is that at the end of the 15 minutes, they asked the players to talk about their experience during the game.
Monopoly can be used as a metaphor for understanding society and its hierarchical structure - Some people have a lot of wealth and a lot of status, and a lot of people don't - they have a lot less wealth and a lot less status and a lot less access to valued resources.
Effects of these kinds of hierarchies
In surveys, they found that:
Why should we care about those implications, and end with what might be done?
Personally for me, money wealth or any advantage, should not affect anyone's character.
Your character is who you are, whether you are rich or poor.
Your character is who you are whether you are happy or suffering....
It is the little choices that we make, that makes us who we are....