Here is the classic song from Fiddler on the Roof for our ongoing Video on Sundays series:
I like this version because it has the incomparable Topol singing the role of Tevye (now, those are two names that I could just as easily have swapped and nobody would have noticed!) …
… but, I also like it because it has subtitles, even though Topol sings in Y’english (English with a Russian/Yiddish accent).
I couldn’t help but think that here is a guy who wants all the trappings of wealth, but had no ‘driving emotive reason’ to get there … until the very end, where you can see the real reason why he wants to be rich: so that he can study and debate the ancient Hebrew texts with other idle academics!
He needs to buy time with money … a very common reason for aiming for wealth (actually, this was my reason).
You see, I believe that without that driving emotive reason, there will be no wealth!
Well, as Tevye says:
If I were a biddy biddy rich… I wouldn’t have to work hard diddy diddy dum
He doesn’t get the point: you have to work 10 times as hard NOW in order to become rich LATER … so that you don’t have to work hard diddy diddy dum … get it?!
That’s why you need that driving emotive reason … without it, you will never have the passion and stamina to push a very big rock up a very big hill … or, in Tevye’s case, pull a cart without a donkey!
Well that’s enough work for today … diddy diddy dum 😉