Day 15 — Given the choice between infinite time or infinite money, I would choose…
Scenario 1: Infinite Time
If you have infinite time you can also have as much money as you want (build a fund and just live on dividents).
I would spend it learning, going places, reading everything there is to read, playing sims. After a while, boredom will become a problem and I would become a hedonistic person looking for pleasure everywhere. The boredom aspect would be so big that I would become snappy, unhappy, always looking for more thrill and basically slowly sliding into the dangerous part of life. I would have sex with countless people, gamble away, try all the hardest drugs, become an addict and then would be an addict for infinity. I would not like the person I would become.
I would try to get better, get into rehab, dry away all those things that made me bad and then I would face the sickness of the 20th century: loneliness. What good is it all the money and time when you don’t have anyone to split it with?
I would be looking for love but the burden of infinite time means that all the loves I would have would perish eventually, leaving me alone.
I presume I would do what the immortal vampires from Anne Rice’s books did: build a secret organization and watch over the world. Millenia in, knowledge acquired, I would live like a God, playing sims with Real people.
Scenario 2: Infinite Money
Having only a lifetime to spend infinite money, I would buy a beautiful house(several even), decorate them and then travel about in luxury, stay at the best hotels, be catered by the best people.
Problem: no-one will really be your friend anymore. They’ll be either interested in what you can get for them or be envious of what you have and they don’t.
I have read countless movies about wealth acquired in a short time span and they have the same things happening: everybody is really happy for you and then they start leaching and talking about you behind your back.
Who would invite you to their xmas dinner when you have your palace and can stay in the best hotels?
The best approach would be having infinite money but not telling anyone you do and leave modestly among your friends and still have a job. Then, once a year, go on a vacation and spend there until you can’t anymore and then come back to your place.
This will still leak out eventually and you’ll be all alone again.
No, thank you.
I would rather live my limited life with limited money but be happy and surrounded by people who will always be there for me!