Alright, so I’ve got a question that I’m interested on getting opinions on. First, I need to give some background information.

Me and some friends just got done watching Social Network, and were discussing the settlement the Winklevoss twins got. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, they sued Mark Zuckerberg for stealing the idea for Facebook. They ended up getting $60 million in the settlement. According to this website (http://www.dwayneflinchum.com/2011/01/02/facebook-family-feud/), they got $20 million in cash and $45 million in stock. The stock is now estimated by The New York Times to be worth $140 million. So, if my math is correct, they have gotten $160 million so far. This will only get bigger as the stock grows in value.

While looking at photos of the real twins, I came across the website I mentioned earlier. In the website it says the twins are going back for more money. This is where my question comes in. Is it right or wrong of them to go back for more money?

Roommates view: Yes. It is ok. He says that you already have $60 million (really $160 million) that you can’t lose so you might as well go for more. Also, in view that Mark Zuckerberg is worth $20 some billion, it won’t hurt to take more of his money.

My view: No. It is definitely wrong. From a moral standpoint, this is pure greed. This is what makes me sick of the American way. We feel entitled to more, even though we have plenty. The twins come from a lot of money as it is. Why do they need more?

I’d love to have your opinion. All are welcome.

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When I decided to start a blog, I told myself that I was going to be honest about things. I would even talk about things that may make me or others uncomfortable to think about and confront. The thing is, it’s easy for me to write about others or things I see in our culture and be brutally honest about them. Our culture is one that encourages us to criticize everything. It could be the latest trends in music, dress, electronics, or other materials. It might be a persons level of work, your pastor’s sermon, how good worship was, or even how caring someone truly is. It’s sad, but we all do it. The point is, we love to criticize, but hate being on the other end.

There lies the problem I went to bed thinking about, and woke up this morning being forced to deal with it. I would say I was confronted by my mom, but it wasn’t even a confrontation. It was a simple questioning about an issue in my life. The issue is debt, and I hate thinking about it. I avoid it whenever I can. I’ve even tried of thinking about ways I could go to Purdue and “return” my education and get back my precious money. Just like you would the socks your mom got you for Christmas. Debt is the issue in my life I avoid. I’ll notice and attempt to deal with my pride, selfishness, lust, etc. However, debt is the sin (yes, I said sin) that’s under my bed and scares me at night because I know it’s there. So when I got defensive and angry with my mom when she brought it up, you can see why.

This is what I really want to talk about, though. Let’s dodge talking about debt one more time, and talk about why I got angry when an issue was brought up that convicted me. My grandma has some issues I won’t get into, but her kids have confronted her on them. They have told her she is wrong, but she won’t listen. My mom was talking to my uncle just today, and he said “Well she just needs to get over it.” The whole situation is starting to become a really big deal actually, but my grandma will not listen to instruction. And ultimately, won’t deal with the sin.

Correlate that with my situation. I have this issue that I hate and avoid. My mom brings it up and tries to offer instruction, and I get angry. I can see my grandmas fault in not listening to instruction, but when it’s me I do the same thing as my grandma. It didn’t take me long to realize this truth, and I’m glad I did. Proverbs has so much truth about this problem. Here are a few verses to keep in mind next time you are confronted or offered instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 17:10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

Proverbs 8:33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.

Proverbs 9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.

Also look up Proverbs 9:7-10, and then just read the whole book because it would be dumb for me to put all the other ones in here. Read it. Commit it to memory.

As a side note, I am starting to deal with my debt. I’ve realized my need to do more about it and get free of its slavery. Maybe my next post will be about that…


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It’s funny how you start a blog with a bunch of thoughts going through your mind. Then, once you have your own blog, what do you do first? You customize it. You make it your own, right? So, that’s what I’ve been doing off and on all day pretty much. While I was getting caught up in making this thing I lost all my good thoughts that I wanted to share. Stupid. Now, I’m waiting on inspiration again. No worries, though. They always come the moment before I fall asleep in my warm and cozy bed. This being the moment that the last thing I want to do is get out of bed to freeze and write thoughts down. Awesome. Maybe I’ll remember them in the morning, maybe I won’t.

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