Do you think rockers get money for nothing?
Up there on the stage, performing for thousands. They have fun, the crowd loves them, and they get tons of fans.
That’s got to be a great life, right?
In 1985, Dire Straits wrote “Money for Nothing” about a store clerk looking at the life of a rockstar.
In a way, it was about the crowd that believed rockers had it easy.
Being a rockstar was easy. Running an appliance store? Not so much.
Why do some people assume that rockstars get it easy?
I think it’s a view that goes beyond the music industry.
It’s one that affects politics, economics, and society at large.
The myth of the “Free Lunch” is one that has plagued society for quite a while.
So why is it so easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re getting “money for nothing”?
“We gotta install microwave ovens:” The World of the Store Clerk
See, it’s easy to be that store clerk in Money for Nothing. You’re watching the TV, you’re watching another rockstar become famous, and consequently richer.
All you know is your little world. You’re a store clerk; you’ve sold appliances for your whole life.
The world of the rockstar is foreign to you.
You’re day isn’t filled with flashy lights, screaming fans, or blasting speakers.
Your day is average. It’s a constant routine of…
“We gotta install microwave ovens, custom kitchens deliveries. We gotta move these refrigerators. We gotta move these colour TV’s.”
“Now That Ain’t Workin’:” The (Foreign) World of the Rockstar
The TVs in your appliance store show the day in the life of a rockstar.
Or, at least, that’s how you think it looks.
You watch him play his guitar, he’s enjoying it, his fans are enjoying.
“Man, it must come so natural for him,” you say to yourself, “Now that ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it. You play the guitar on the MTV.”
“That little faggot got his own jet airplane”
You keep thinking to yourself, about all the cool stuff that rockstar probably has.
I mean, the guy’s covered in rockstar clothing…
“See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup. Yeah buddy that’s his own hair.”
He’s probably loaded. And he did it all by playing his guitar on the TV.
“I shoulda learned to play the guitar…Man we could have some fun”
Then you start wondering…could you have done better? Could you be getting “money for nothing, and chicks for free”?
You’re a store owner. You sell appliances.
It’s not that exciting, it’s not glamorous.
You work at it all day. You don’t get money for nothing, and you certainly don’t get your chicks for free.
The doubt sets in…
“Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free”
If only you could have that guy’s successes too.
If only you could be getting money for nothing, and your chicks for free.
That would be the life.
No work, no hassle. Just good times.
You don’t get “Money for Nothing,” & the Girls are Never Free
You might just be that store clerk.
It’s easy to be stuck in that world. It’s not ignorance, you’re just not in the world of government policy.
A politician says you’re getting a free stadium for your city, but is it really “money for nothing”?
The stadium has to cost something. You have concrete, licenses, and workers to pay for. Where does the money come from?
What about affordable healthcare? Is it really free? Is it really affordable?
Hospitals have their bills. Doctors don’t work for free. And don’t forget about all the expensive tech and medicine.
That all has to be paid by someone.
And what about that rockstar? He’s not getting his money for nothing, is he?
Nope, he’s working his backside off to make a living. He’s on the road, he’s paying for his equipment. It ain’t easy.
You know what is easy?
It’s easy to be that store clerk, not understanding how the world outside works.
It’s easy to think you can get money for nothing and chicks for free.
It’s easy to think that you’re getting a free lunch, instead of realizing that scarcity exists (which is why nothing is free).
You know what’s even harder? Realizing that when the government provides a “free lunch” someone else is getting screwed.
That stadium is built through tax dollars. Dollars that hard working Americans paid to the IRS (You probably provided some of the funds too).
Affordable health care? It’s only affordable because the government is forcing others to pay for your insurance. Even then, it’s rarely “affordable.”
The government can’t give you “money for nothing” because that money is always coming from someone else’s wallet.