I’ve read that sentence often while playing Metropolis, another Facebook App I came across. It’s a game to build your own city. The more people you have the more jobs get filled, the more you earn. Happiness may decrease though overtime if your citizens aren’t happy on the way you manage your city. But you can buy happiness by buying certain landmarks or creating entertainment.
Well, there was one feature that allows other players to populate (give one citizen) your city or entertain, and they can only do one at a certain time. Since happiness can be bought and not people, most players in Metropolis prefer other players to populate their city rather than have their city entertained. Hence, you would often see: Don’t entertain. I can buy happiness but not people.
Somehow, a phrase of that sentence is the opposite of a common saying, that money can’t buy happiness. Even if you have a lot of money and can afford to go out to entertain yourself, you will still feel empty if you are looking for the true happiness within yourself.
I wish that I could really buy happiness.
I can buy happiness and not people…
Another sad reality of life is conveyed on the later part of that sentence. Yes, you can buy people. To lie for you. To make love for you. To serve you however you want. But you cannot buy the people who loves and appreciate you sincerely.
I wish I could buy people.