My students were doing a group assignment yesterday in my Advanced Spanish Conversation class where they had to list ten things that matter to them the most in life, starting with the most important. One of the groups (consisting exclusively from young women) listed money as their number one priority. Friends came in the 6th place. Love was listed at number eight. The following dialogue took place between me and them:
Professor: I'm a little surprised that money appears as your top priority. How come?
Students: Because you can buy everything else with money.
Professor: Love? Friendship? Health? Happiness?
Students: Of course.
Professor: How about you, Jenny? You shared with us that you have a boyfriend. Doesn't he matter more to you than money?
Jenny (dead serious): Well, you see, professor, if I had money, I could buy myself a much better boyfriend.