Yep. You read that right. I wouldn't eat a Big Mac for ANYTHING. Not even a cool $1 million. Seriously.
I had a little friendly debate with friend recently. He asked me:
“What would it take for you to eat a Big Mac?”
When I smiled and told him that I wouldn’t eat one, no matter what, he started throwing money into the mix.
“Really? Not for $1000?”
The money went up, up, up – until eventually it hit the big one. $1 million.
When I told him that I wouldn’t even eat a Big Mac for a million dollars, he scoffed.
But here’s the thing – I wasn’t lying. Don’t get me wrong, the thought of a million bucks is as tantalising to me as the next person. I may try & live a simple, moral life, but I ain’t perfect & I still wouldn’t turn down a great wad of cash if it was handed to me!
So why wouldn’t I take the ‘Million-For-A-Mac Challenge’?
Well first off, it doesn’t exist. Let’s just make that very clear!
Secondly, of course, even if it did exist – I only eat plant based (vegan) food, so I wouldn’t want to eat the animal products.
Thirdly, I am gluten intolerant, so it would give me major digestive consequences.
I hear you cry.
“It’s a MILLION DOLLARS! Can’t you just deal with the stomach ache? Can’t you just eat one tiny piece of animal flesh? Think of all of the good you could do with it! You wouldn’t even have to use it for selfish purposes – what if you used it to start a huge campaign, promoting plant based diets?”
I hear you. I thought about that too. I thought about it long & hard. And I think, for some people, that may actually be the right choice. For me? I eventually decided that it isn’t.
To me, eating the burger would signify that my beliefs, morals – everything I stand for – wouldn’t actually mean that much after all. I could be bought. I could be persuaded to place financial gain (even if used for moral purposes) above my own belief system.
I would much prefer to work hard & make that million dollars on my own. In an ethical way that wouldn’t harm anyone or anything.
The more I live a compassionate lifestyle, the more I think that material wealth doesn’t matter as much as I used to believe it did. I have love in my life. Money can’t buy that. I have dreams, friends, passions, family, sunshine, connections with people, animals & places – none of these things could have been purchased. And when I look at things that matter in my life – those are the things that mean the most to me. Don’t get me wrong – I still need a bit of cash now & then. Kale doesn’t pay for itself! 😉
And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be financially wealthy.
But I kind of think: if you don’t have morals – morals that you are really prepared to fight to defend – then what do you have? Isn’t that one of the great duties we have as human beings?
I want to be able to look back at the end of my life & think, “I believed in something. I fought for it. I didn’t compromise it for anyone or anything.”
I also want to be 150 years old & still be able to touch my toes. But if not, I’ll settle for the above…
What do you think? What would it take for you to do something you don’t believe in? What do you think of my choice? Am I crazy?!
Please continue the conversation below. But before you do, remember this: Debate is great, hatred is not. Think before you type. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama