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The advantages and disadvantages of obtaining great wealth suddenly.

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Analytical Essay - The advantages and disadvantages of obtaining great wealth suddenly. Wealth. Most of us dream of it, many of us strive for it, fewer obtain it, and fewer of us still actually bask in it. When it comes to the argument of whether obtaining vast fortune, the viewpoints can be numerous as the boundlessly vibrant ways in which the fortune could be spent. Since the introduction of the National Lottery on the 19th November 1993 (it was sanctioned by parliament a year and one month prior to this), big-money-winning and the acquisition of monstrous wealth has been something that has been embedded into the 'norm' of our culture; which in itself is surprising given the miniscule amounts of people who actually win such fantastical fortunes. In correlation to this increasing familiarity to how a scanty slip of paper can change your life forever, the droves of people asking themselves, "What would I do if I won the lottery tomorrow?" have inevitably multiplied. Obviously it is not just through the National Lottery that people come to obtain such fortunes as they have, but it is the most pertinent and relatable way - not all of us can boast that ...read more.

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Of course, for every relationship shattered there is a relationship enriched, for every brother disowning his sister, a brother and sister becoming closer in dealing with the loss of a loved one, for every depression-fuelled suicide, a lifetime trip around the world. Millions of winners have all enjoyed beautiful holidays, mansions, fast-cars and the like. The acquisition of great wealth and the doomsday prophecies that may accompany it are always going to play second fiddle to the success-stories of coming across great wealth. Indeed, there was even one instance, where a family whose child had a severe (yet rare) brain defect that had prevented her from walking. Upon learning that there was hope in America - with a brand new, albeit experimental, operation that could allow her to lead a regular life; they applied for a cash grant from Camelot. They got it. As fate would have it, the operation had been a complete success and she had managed to walk again. However, even when a lottery win looks sure to have a positive effect on the people involved, fate tends to deal a cruel hand - it was only six months ago that sixteen-year-old Callie Rogers of Cumbria was celebrating as she became the National Lottery's youngest-ever millionaire. ...read more.

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Could Goethe have been saying that even the most devilish of things ultimately had a positive effect? If money is so corrupting, then how can it make so many people happy? The answer surely must lie with whom money comes to, and how they use it. Naturally, for every Richard Branson who has invested wisely, but has also used money positively in many ways, there is going to be an MC Hammer, who frittered his fortune and ended up filing for bankruptcy three years after obtaining his millions. It is only possible to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining great wealth, it is folly to claim whether it is 'good' or 'bad'. For when all is said and done, only one thing becomes clear when looking at the evidence put before us concerning such a nebulous issue; money can not tell you how to live your life, it can not take charge of your life, nor can it spend itself wisely for you - give money to the sensible and it will contribute to a happy life - possible an Eden, give it to the reckless and it will succeed in nothing but build a Babylon. ...read more.

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