You’ve probably seen this story already, and if you’re a mother you’ve probably printed it out, framed it and emailed it to everyone you know with a subject line like “Fw: sO TRUE!!!!” poorly typed in your haste to let the world know that while “love” may be payment enough, monetary validation is the true hallmark of modern society.
I have no problem with this “study,” besides the fact that it’s stupid, baseless and stupid. And dangerous. Once you go around adding up every little thing a person does over the course of a day and attaching a price to it, you undermine the ideals of humanity which are loving others and helping others. My mom worked her ass off raising me, I understand that. But the only wage she needed was my smile and a hug. In fact, when I was young I would often pose cute little hypothetical situations to my mom to gauge how much she loved us. I would say, “Mom, if the house was burning down and you could only save one of us: me, Janine, Dad or the dog, who would you save?” She would always say that she could never choose because she loved us all equally. But you know what would happen if she were paid a six figure salary to raise me and my sister? My dad and the dog would be dead. That’s the danger of these kinds of studies.