For Valentine's Day 2018 (a day that I have no intention of acknowledging on this website when it happens this week, though the other staffers may have something else in mind), Nintendo of America has decided to make the Splatoon 2 Splatfest for February 2018...
|MONEY VS. LOVE! Which is more important to you?|
By the way, it occurs on Saturday, February 17 2018.
If you got your Splatfest information from certain non-KoopaTV places, you may recall that for Halloween 2015, in the original Splatoon, Japan had the exact same theme — though the graphics for money and love were different, and the order was Love vs. Money instead of Money vs. Love. Guess they wanted to go out of their way to make sure Callie and Marina got Team Love, while Marie and Pearl got Team Money.
If it will affect your decision, let me tell you right now that Team Love managed to beat Team Money in that Splatfest. Money won the Popularity vote (with 53% vs. Love's 47%), but Love got more Wins with 51% to 49%.
That said, this will be North America and not Japan (they have different value systems), and the scoring system for Splatoon and Splatoon 2's Splatfests are completely different.
If you want to see Money vs. Love in the United States among Nintendo fans, then the most relevant poll is the Wii's Everybody Votes Channel poll conducted on August 2007. Love was deemed more important by 79.1% of respondents, with Money only getting 20.9%. That was right before the Great Recession, so maybe Money got a dramatic buff in the decade since.
As for me, I've always been on Team Money. I'll tell you why, and why the Team Love guys got it wrong.
Argument One: Money cannot buy happiness
|Marina states that money can't buy you happiness. What an unoriginal thought.|
I disagree with the idea that money cannot buy happiness, and I disagree that this is even a relevant argument. The question is “What is more important to you?” It is not “What gives you happiness?” Unless you believe your personal happiness is what is most important in life, but those of us with, ahem, higher purposes in life see past such selfish, low-level animalistic desires.
That said, I am still playing Market Crashers, the 3DS StreetPass Mii Plaza game. You get an achievement for 1,000,000,000 G, and the game encourages you to get to 10,000,000,000 G to get the last in-game reward of a massive 24-carat gold statue of your Mii. As of publishing, my total assets are 267,709,010,350 G (or a little over a quarter-trillion) and I regularly get billions of G per trading sequence with my massive batches of Poseidon Island Fisheries stock. I'm acquiring absolutely massive stockpiles of wealth and there isn't enough to actually invest it in, so it's all in cash.
It makes me happy just to sit on money. I have a strong affinity for money.
If the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program can be used to try to assess me as a person for hosting it, I also like giving away money. Gives me my kicks.
Of course, money can be used as the means to many ends, including happiness-generating ends and survival-sustaining ends. Its versatility, as I'll get to in Argument Three, is very important for happiness.
I will say, however, that all of the happiness-generating benefits of giving cash as a gift (cash is the BEST gift) are a result of, you know, money.
Argument Two: Love is the key to happiness
|Marina insists that if you don't have love, you won't be truly happy or fulfilled. That's quite narrow-minded.|
Marina is dead-wrong on this. You do not need love to live a truly happy and fulfilled life. Loving affection for someone (and someone feeling that for you), which is where Marina is going with that, is just one of many paths to be happy and fulfilled. The idea that love has a monopoly on that is crazy.
I think Marina is trying to push her lifestyle of hopeless romanticism on everyone else.
There are plenty of other ways to get happiness. Ever heard of power? Achievement? Pleasant moments? Volunteerism? Your life can be full of meaning and joy that does not have to come from love. Love does it for some people. It doesn't do it for me, and maybe not for many people reading this.
Argument Three: Money is the root of all evil
...No. Money is not the root of all evil, and whenever people claim this, they reveal that they are just not very good at thinking.
Fortunately, Marina didn't make this argument during the Off the Hook newscast.
Consider this. People say that money cannot buy you happiness, and that money is just a means to an end and that money itself doesn't give you anything. Those same people will stupidly state that money in the root of all evil.
How can money be a means to an end while simultaneously being the cause of all problems? To be consistent, you must acknowledge that money is a means to evil, just like a means to good. That means money itself is not to blame.
That said, since the question is “which is more important”, and evil is pretty important in the world, then money obviously is the correct answer if money being the root of all evil is true.
Just so you understand, any economic historian will tell you that the invention of money was one of the enablers of prosperity. Bartering sucked because every economic transaction ended up being a fetch quest instead of being streamlined. Once money was invented, people could actually trade together in a civilisation, which was what allowed better living standards and villages and families and stuff. Then you can get your love, along with many other stuff. Without money, nothing else going on right now would really be possible. If people just kept to their caves or their sustenance farms being in love in their own little world, there wouldn't be an Internet and you wouldn't be reading this. Money is important, people.
Besides, I could easily argue that love is the root of all evil. Mario supposedly loves Princess Peach, and that so-called love is his motivation for committing genocide against the Koopa race, and other races too. No money involved there.
Without a doubt, money is more important than love. Money is underrated by a lot of people, and love is over-romanticised.
Ludwig has wanted to use an Everybody Votes Channel result for a KoopaTV article for several months now, ever since Kamek discovered that all of the results were available online. He was pressured to make a reference on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, but whenever Ludwig reads someone using that in an article or a lecture, he screams in rage and starts attacking the nearest object around him, so he wished to spare you the same fate. Ludwig doesn't believe that his non-relationship single status affects his judgment in this article. If you have different judgment, feel free to leave a comment, and then feel free to reply to Ludwig's reply and have a discussion. That generous aforementioned KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program will kick in if you're not anonymous.
For comparison, during Halloween 2015, North America was concerned about Pirates vs. Ninjas. Ludwig sided with Team Pirates.
The Splatfest directly prior to this one was about Action vs. Comedy.
Given the scripture-related comments that Money vs. Love generated, it sort of makes sense that the next Splatfest, Chicken vs. Egg, is entirely scripture-based.