This is the problem. What most people focus on with this idea is the third word: “money”. They think that “money” is a prerequisite to “fuck you”. They think that once they have the money, then they can start saying “fuck you”. They think that once they have security and comfort propping them up, that then and only then can they start being a truth speaker, someone who takes no shit. Wrong.
Think about all the people who could be classified as having fuck you money, people who have enough enough resources to live for several years at their current standard of living with no income. It’s a lot of people. Now, how many of these people embody the “fuck you” mindset? How many of them, upon acquiring financial security or independence, become warriors for their own moral and ethical beliefs? Not many.
That’s because “fuck you money” is pointless without a “fuck you” mindset. If having nothing, you haven’t got the courage to speak or stand up, what makes you think that a few zeroes are going to change that?
In my short time on this planet, I’ve never heard of someone undergoing a complete character transformation solely because of an upswing in riches and resources. I’ve definitely heard of the opposite, a degradation, but never have I come across a virtuous transformation due only to a newfound abundance. The point is, if you’re not courageous when you’ve got nothing, it’s unlikely you’ll be brave when you have everything.
I’m only talking about this because I came across this passage in Hemingway on Writing. It’s from one of Hemingway’s letters to Alfred Rice:
“I do not wish to squawk about being hit financially any more than I would squawk about being hit physically. I need money, badly, but not badly enough to do one dishonorable, shady, borderline or “fast” thing to get it. I hope this is quite clear.”