Tonight, I saw the movie "Pursuit of Happyness" - or the most depressing movie ever. Gees, I am the fairy of sweetness and light compared to that movie. I kept watching the chapter counter on the DVD player and thinking - it's almost over, it's gotta turn around eventually.
At the end - in the inevitable happy ending -- you are just so relieved that now you won't have to kill yourself or give away all your belongings and take a vow of poverty just to balance the cosmos. But, there is something about the final scenes -- when the suffering pays off -- you can almost see him listing to himself all the things he can now afford to buy with his salary. And that's the funny thing about the promise of money - it's so easy to spend before you even get your paws on it.
Maybe that's why humans spend so much on lotto tickets and sending funny stamps back to Ed McMan?