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know whether I even told Mamie this -- one of the persons with whom
I talked at length, during that crisis, was my mother. Did I tell
I went to her, and I told her what was happening. In her
usual wise way, she said, “Kenneth, you know, we've never had enough
money to have to worry about money. So we've always been free to
do and think what we feel is right..”
And there was something about that statement on the part of
my mother that made that crisis no longer any kind of crisis, you know.
Because what my mother was saying was, “You don't have to be bought
by money. You can live--”
You know, money can be put in its perspective. If you give
it an exaggerated significance, you're really selling what is
important to you for nothing more than money.
And I guess that was, in a curious way, what I was trying to
tell Adam, too. That there were some things that I felt or believed
were more important than splitting a million dollars with him.
I guess you can afford to say that, as my mother said, if
you never had any money that mattered-- or, if you've had all you
needed. You understand what I'm trying to say? I have never considered
money in itself an end in itself, or something that was
adequate to purchase some intangible something else -- and I don't
know what that intended, but something I believe, you know.
Now, how did I get away with this? I don't know. My
mother was poor. But I don't remember ever suffering from her being
poor, you know. I don't remember at any time ever having felt
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