The Unwritten Law

There is an unwritten law that you don’t talk about how much you make. Why is that?

One thing that I have learned in my 30 years on this planet is that the more money you make the more people expect from you. I made the mistake when I was younger telling people that I made 35 dollars an hour. Suddenly, whenever I went to lunch with my friends I was the one they expected to either pick up the tab or at least pay for the appetizer. Most of the time I was glad to do it, but the problem came with the expectation. I remember eating lunch one time with a couple of guys I hadn’t seen in a while and both of them dropped about 5 hints during lunch for me to pick up the tab. I had been planning on picking up the tab all along, but when they kept dropping hints it sort of took the fun out of paying.

So last week I was listening to The Ticket and they listed all of these people’s salaries that are public information. I think it is interesting how some information is made public for everyone, but the majority of us guard the amount we make the way we gaurd a dirty secret. However, unlike a dirty secret we want people to have some idea of the amount that we make – don’t we?

Isn’t that why we drive a certain type of vehicle or live in a particular house? Even our clothes are dead giveaways to the type of income that we have. We are such an ego-centric culture that we scream “look-at-me!” with our Rolex watches, our Manolo Blahniks and even our coffee.

Part of the reason I bring this up now is because yes, recently I got a raise, but after I looked at the new tax bracket that I am in I am going to be making very close to what I was already making. My new salary is somewhere between what a mexican day-worker makes and what Dirk Nowitzki makes… but it is much closer to the day worker.

By Evan Stark

Eddie Renz is an avid fan of Egyptology, Wilbur Smith and bacon. Not a fan of humility but often finds himself humbled when he is around people who understand numbers like the Fibonacci sequence and Pi.

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