Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.”
by Gandhi

Hello, my fellow thinkers! I want to start this blog by thanking everyone for their beautiful and incredibly personal responses last week. I had the opportunity to read many of the entries, and I was so moved by all of your willingness to share and be honest about what is going on for you. I have to admit that it was really scary being that upfront about my insecurities, and it was so amazing to feel the support from all you readers and then to see the participation that came from that… Truly beautiful.

So, it has been an insane week finishing up on the show. I always seem to work the last day of the season. Last year ended with a kiss with Tom Welling and some Egg McMuffins at 7:30 A.M. This year, I got off an hour earlier, but it was much colder and there was no kissing involved. We seem to be going downhill here. I must complain to the manager. 🙂

Ok… So this week, I have picked yet another Gandhi quote. I mean, the man was brilliant! And I have been really thinking about money and how misrepresented it is in today’s society. I think it is so funny that we choose to blame our problems on an inanimate object instead of looking at it and recognizing that it isn’t the money that creates the issue; it is what we as human beings choose to do with this money that creates the struggles, but it is so much easier to relinquish responsibility. I know this to be true because I do it, consistently. I, often times, feel very guilty about the money that I make because I love what I do so much, I have always been very mixed up in my belief that it isn’t really hard work if it is fun; and since I have always loved what I do, I don’t equate it with hard work, therefore denying that I have put any effort into earning my success, and in turn, feel guilty about it. Oy! Yet another thing to work on. Haha! It seems to be a never-ending struggle. I guess that is the point in life– to find struggles, overcome them, and then help your fellow humans do the same. What a wonderful cycle.

I also wanted to bring up finances and money because last year, a great friend of mine introduced me to this wonderful new type of banking called “microfinancing.” For those of you who don’t know much about it, the man that developed it (Muhammad Yunus) won the Nobel Peace Prize this year. It is this really awesome program that he set up in Bangladesh that offers small loans (sometimes as low as 50 bucks) to entrepreneurs in developing nations. This gives them the opportunity to help themselves out of their situation and eventually build enough of a business to employ others in their community. It is such a beautiful way to encourage people out of poverty because it supplies an opportunity where there wouldn’t normally be one, and yet it isn’t a handout. The people can feel like they are doing it on their own, therefore, there is no loss of pride or self-esteem.

It’s amazing for me, how much better I feel about receiving money when I feel as though I have actually earned it. It’s like I was saying before, until I actually acknowledged the effort that I put into my career, I felt very bad about taking the money for it. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be in a developing country that is living off of handouts. I can project that I would have very low self-esteem and confidence as an effect of the lack of effort that I put in to earning that money that someone has given me for simply existing in this poor country. But what microfinance does is provide people with the opportunity to earn the money, thereby building a greater sense of pride and independence, which ultimately results in raised self-esteem. Beautiful.

I am so excited about this program and these ideas because it feels like a sustainable and constructive way to address some of the world’s poverty issues. I want to encourage all of you to check out two websites that are dedicated to this type of banking and do a little more reading about it on your own.

The sites are www.kiva.org and www.grameenfoundation.org.

I hope you have as much fun reading about it and are as inspired by their ideas and missions as I am!

Look forward to your feedback! Yay!

Ciao, friends.

Allison

Add yours Comments – 269

  • shinefloyd

    on April 30, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    tu entiendes español?
    Speak spanish?
    TE SALUDO DESDE URUGUAY ( THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON)

    Realmente no solo es malo el dinero o la persona, es cuando se unen
    un mal dinero y una mala persona que causan el mal.

    un beso muy afectuoso de un admirador de tu persona.

    luigi alias shinefloyd (the dark side of the moon)

  • Flávia Saddy

    on April 30, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Hi allison!!!

    I’m from Brazil!!!

    I’m your dubber here!!!!

    I love you work!!!

    Do you have curiosity to see you with another voice??

    kisses from brazilan Chloe!!!!!!

    sorry for my english!!!!

  • john evans

    on May 9, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Money is not the root of all evil, the love of money above all else in this life is… many don’t seem to get this one…

    anyways, i love your work on smallville, and by the way i was wanting Chloe and Clark to at least give it a try from the beginning…

    thanks, and my God bless,
    john

  • Devdatta

    on May 17, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Hi there Allison,
    this is the first time i have come to this site and its really very good..i liked it very much.I have been a fan of yours for a long time but never felt of ctually writting to u cause all the websites are all filled up with pics and doesnt say much about the person.But this website is really awesome!Keep up the good work.
    About the topic,its really great that u have taken ur time to look into grameen banking in bangladesh,actually iam from india,and my State is bodering bangladesh.Iam from a city called “calcutta”,u must have heard about it…i mean the book and the movie..”The city of Joy”..and also because of mother teresa.Well i have been to Bnagladesh myself…as my family is from that country originally but we had to come away as it seperated from India and also because of the Hindu and Muslim riots.The grameen bank has done wonders for the very very poor people of Bangladesh because at least 60 to 70 percent of the peopel in Bangladesh dont have electricity in their homes and maximum people live below the poverty line..and for them 50rupees is a lot of money!!!…the fact is the price of products is more then what a man earns in that country…and above that u have taxes to account for…the poor remain poor and the rich become more and more rich.Bangladesh is a muslim country,and the hindus or other religion people in that country are always treated in a bad way…women and children are raped,from other religions the cause being their husbands couldnt pay up!…and no police file is ever recorded…so for these poor people who used to bank on these other people for loans are now actually being saved by this bank!…at least some of them are iam sure.The scene down here allison is very different from he scene which is being presented in the west….every single day hundreds of people are coming to India for shelter either legally or illegally!…yes micro financing is really amazing and has helped a lot many poor ..i mean very poor people…but at times these poor people or women when they try starting a business of their own,either these local goons come and destroy everything they have worked for and automatically the women is stuck with the bank for clearence of the loan eternally cause paying up a loan of 200 dollars which at least in indian money means 10,000 rupees and in bangladesh it must mean more!….so if grameen bank wants to help people which it has done worldwide,then it should also know that by helping them with money will not stop them from dangers which are lurking in the dark,because iam sure…even though iam guessing…but in a way even when most of these women take m,oney home to start a busniess their husbands take it away for gambling or beat these women up or the local gang members come and take this money away ….so these things go unoticed….but conditions in bangladesh have improved now …people in villages ahave cell phones..and prosperity is in the air…but with these few problems i mentioned.
    Iam sorry,i just went off track for most of it…but i did want to speak out for these problems which go unoticed…i mean trust me..the govt. of Bangladesh dont care so much as this man has cared for these people!
    Well,i havent read some of ur blogs yet,but i would liek to add few comments again..hehe and they wont be so long!i wish u all the luck in ur movie and television carrer,ur a really great actor…i wish u and clark kent become one!u both are just made for each other..hahaha..but as we all know the story of lois becoming his one and only,where does ur character go later on?i really wonder!
    Take care of yourself and God bless u always
    yours truly
    dev

  • Josh

    on May 18, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Allison,

    I just found your blog through someone’s comment on a myspace page, and after reading this one, I’m looking forward to perusing through some of your older entries.

    I’m sure somewhere in all these comments, someone has told you this, but just in case… The quote you start with is incomplete. The it’s actually, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” I know, its knit-picky, but it does lead back to your point about blaming an inanimate object for all our problems.

    On a completely unrelated subject… I’m really hoping that Chloe doesn’t die. She’s my favorite character on the show.

    Enjoy your travels over the summer. I hope to see your beautiful smile light up our TVs in the fall.

    Josh

  • Mandy

    on June 5, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Since first reading this blog post, I’ve been increasingly intrigued by the whole microfinancing movement. And even as you travel around the world, I thought I’d let you in on some of the wonderful publicity this movement is receiving.

    Just this evening on the ABC News, there was a piece on Kiva, focusing on the people who are lenders for people particularly in Iraq. It was a very nice piece about how people can help out from the comfort of their own living rooms.

    And last Saturday, I attended the commencement ceremonies of my alma mater, Knox College in Galesburg, IL. One of the people receiving an honorary degree was Janet McKinley, who is involved in OxFam, a firm that fully embraces microfinancing. And our commencement speaker, President Bill Clinton, praised Ms. McKinley for her work, as well as Muhammad Yunus, the man you mentioned in your blog. This is clearly a movement that is gaining momentum throughout the country, and is quickly becoming one that I endorse wholeheartedly.

    I would like to thank you, Allison. I had not heard of microfinancing and Kiva until I read it on your blog. Thank you for doing your part and spreading the word and having faith in the power of your fans.

  • troie

    on June 15, 2007 at 6:06 am

    i’am really impressed!!

  • francisco

    on June 17, 2007 at 11:43 am

    hola

  • Samantha

    on June 21, 2007 at 7:28 am

    I am so glad you have a link to the Natalie Portman interview on the view! That is the first interview I saw about Micro-financing. When I was younger I traveled to Japan and China as my first big trip outside the United States. We spent two weeks roaming the local area’s and the memories and faces I saw then still are in my brain today. I saw a lot of poverty. For miles and miles. A few years later I went to college and that is when it really hit me. How lucky I was to be given such a future. My family was their for me and gave me that chance. I recently went to mexico and that same feeling of wanting to help others that were not so lucky but still not handing them something in a way that would just continue the cycle. Then I saw the Natalie Portman interview and I called all my friends and family about the program. I am a huge fan of smallville! Read that you had a blog and I am so excited about the topics you have chosen to talk about.

  • David Marriott

    on June 25, 2007 at 6:20 am

    It should be noted that the orginal quote from the Bible (1 Timothy 6:10) is: “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Money is simply a means of exchange, which, like any tool that human have created, can be used for good or evil. The choice is ours. However, when people choose to value money above friends, family or community, it invariably leads to evil consequences.

  • AaronC

    on June 28, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Yes it is a misquote…. It is indeed the LOVE of money.
    And I think the Smallville Episode Lexmas where Lex Luthor has a sort of a Christmas Carol like experience illustrates it pretty well.

    Ebenezer Scrooge after his experience became a giver and no longer worshipped money, but instead considered his relationships with other more important.

    Lex on the other got it twisted, and figured that Money brings power so therefore, if he doesn’t have the money he would lose his the people that he loved because he wouldn’t be able to afford what the needed, but I think what Lex forgot is there a power greater then money…..love. But unfortunately he wasn’t raised by the Kents so……..

    But, yeah, there is nothing wrong with having money as long as you have the heart of a giver, and Allison, I believe you have a such a heart.

    As for Microfinancing. I think that it was wonderful idea, and kudos to whoever invented it.

    And maybe next seasons finale of Smallville (You will be there, right?) you’ll be able to kiss both Tom Welling, AND Aaron Ashmore, and a have a whole bag full of McMuffins. LOL

  • Ana

    on July 24, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Hello Allison!

    How are you?!

    I’m brazilian and I live in Brazil. I love Smallville and actors and actresses. (I love you too!).Sorry, but I don’t speak English very well. Well, I started watching Smallville because of Tom Welling (oh, he’s so beautiful), but I liked and I am a big fan of this serie and a big fan of this actores and this actrisses! I adore you! You are a excelente actriss…I love Chloe. She’s nice, intelligent, a excelent friend…I can’t belive I am writting to you this message. You’re a idol, Allison…
    I’m devoted to you, I am devoted to Tom Welling (I love him so much), I am devoted to Smallville, Erica Durance, Michael Rosembaun, Kristin Kreuk, John Schneider, Annette, John Glover, Sam Jones, Jensen Ackles, Justin Hartley…

    Allison, your ideas are amazing…I’m waiting anxiously for season 7 of Smallville and I hope Chloe didn’t die, because she’s so important for the serie!!!!

    This music (Dance me to the end of love) is so amazing. You have a good taste.

    Sorry for the English!

    Kisses!

  • alexander

    on August 3, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    HELLO ALISON MY NAME ALEXANDER(SASHA)/ I FROM RUSSIA(REPUBLICK YAKUTIA)
    I CONGRADULATION HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  • kimberlyy.

    on October 17, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Heyyy Allison,

    I’m writing this of course, in the infamous New York City. I l-l-loovee your blogs, girllll.
    they are just so refreshing & a boost of engergy. I have a question for youu, where did
    you go to highschool?!!! `cause my friend claims he goes to your school. haha!
    justt wannt to prove him wrong for a change. OHOMG, where do you like to shop att?!
    your clothes are gorgeous, dahling. well, i’ll look forward to seeing Smallville this week.

    welll, byee for now.
    we’ll alll be jealous, as you travel the world.

    Your Fan,

  • Omar

    on October 29, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    I really like what you wrote here Allison. Reminds me of Francisco d’Anconia’s speech about the importance of money in the book Atlas Shrugged. So I have to ask, are you a fan of Ayn Rand. I am and after reading your essay there it seems as if you are or would be if you read her book.

    Either way, I liked what you wrote. Having just discovered your site here I’m glad to see you are not a vacuous airhead, there’s an actual analytical mind working in there.

  • lucy and mikky

    on November 3, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    hi, allison,are you ok?
    Has kristin kreuk or erica durance a blog?
    kissessssssssssssssssssssss

  • Beth James

    on January 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Okay, the Smallville lover witihin me has no choice but to kick in, but it’s your fault. You brought it up.
    I must tell you, now, that that kiss is without a doubt my favorite kiss form the entire series.
    Mostly because 1) It was Chloe and Clark, finally and 2) There were no freaking “personality-altering” or “forget this ever happened” side-effects.

    Thank yuh, thank yuh very much.
    (Not sure why I chose the Elvis expression. That’s a new one for me, even if I am from Memphis…)

    In the past, I’ve had a few of the same thoughts on money and its place in our lives. I was reading the Odyssey and I came to the point in the story when Odysseus and his crew arrived at the island of the Cyclopes, and they welcomed themselves to the Cyclopes’ lives, eating their food and using their resting area.
    I was required to do some research for a class and discovered that it was customary for guests to take whatever from the kitchen it was their hearts desired. (That and to rape certain women who host there, but we won’t get into that)
    This newfound information sent me into a deep brain freeze of what money really is to us, what we would be doing without it, and what would happen if we all just stopped using it and simply gave to life what we had to give and took from it what we desire.
    (I’m not sure if you know what I mean by deep brain freeze. I am a big thinker. If I get into something extremely philosophical and confusing, a million questions, ideas, thoughts, motivational thoughts, and points on life come rushing in at me. Then I tend to get scared because 90% of those questions, ideas, and thoughts somehow relate to “What are we really doing here?” and “Have I been spending my meaningless existence doing things that will have me set for the rest of eternity?”. In fact there’s a very good chance I’m on the verge of that right now. When I get close I have a tendency to talk to much and want to say a lot of different things at once.(Wow, way off topic from the whole money ordeal, aren’t I?))

    If the world were to, by some miracle that I’m almost positive will never happen, agree with each other that we each give to each other what it is we know we can give and we can give well, and we do that, and we take what we need and want at a fair share, would we be happier?

    o__O

    Thanks for the thoughts.
    :DD

  • Mesha

    on May 2, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Hey Allison!

    This is the 1st time I came here, and I must say, I LOVE this site. It’s so warm and welcoming. Reading your blog entries makes me feel like I’m listening to an old friend. You have a wonderful, warm nature, and that makes you an even more beautiful person.

    That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across the words “microfinancing” and the name “Muhammad Yunus” here. You see, I’m from Bangladesh, and we Bangladeshis have had been unfortunate enough to be identified as Indians most of the time. When most foreign people hear that I’m from Bangladesh, the 1st thing they ask is “oh, is that a part of India?” And then I have to explain the whole thing about Bangladesh being an independent country since 1971 to them. So you can imagine why I was sort of taken aback to see that you had actually written about Bangladesh. You, Allison Mack. Wow. I guess it’s thanks to Dr. Yunus for sort of putting us on the map.

    Hmmm… this is a pretty old entry in your blog, so I don’t know if you will actually get to read this. But anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you have fans even here in Bangladesh. So keep up the good work.

    Oh, and thank you for inspiring me. I am in awe of the way you write. It has inspired me to write my own feelings down. So thank you.

    Love,
    Moutushi

  • Suzy Keating

    on May 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hey Allison,

    ” Whatever you do may seem insignificant but it is very important that you do it” Mahatma Gahndi…you are right he is brillliant.
    I think that you and Ms Kreuk are a dynamic duo.You’ve both invested a lot of time and energy into making the world a better place. You both are an incredible inspiration to millions of people, and you serve as strong role models to many young women.

    As Mother Theresa says we as a race should practice “Love in Action”
    Compassion, alturism, empathy, those are central tenants which
    many of the greatest spiritual leaders have taught us. They have encouraged usto rise above our fears, doubts, insecurities and self centerdnessand attain a higher level of conciousness and understanding that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. That is our greatest journey.

    I filled out your online survey this morning and I must confess something.
    I’m not currently a grad student, However I will be studying Religious Studies at a liberal arts college..I recieved my undergrauate degree in Photojournalism…My education has always been significant to me,
    But I struggled a lot to get through. I had a severe learning disability and seizure disorder..And shortly after I graduated from college..I had a Psychotic episode, and was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.
    I’m psychosis and seizures are fairly controlled by medication. I just wanted to address the fact that young people do face similar adversity in college and somehow, with a lot of support, they can pull through..The more a person is passionate about their education, the more they are willing to sacrifice. For me it was partying a(but not drinking) I had to dial down on a great deal.I had to work very hard…

    I am a huge smallville fan I own every season 1-6, that is.I love to watch the different dimensions of the characters develop through out the seasons. I even got my dad hooked. He comes over and we’ve plowed through four seasons so far..We’ve just watched Pariah the one where Alicia reveals Clark’s Secret to Chloe..Sometime towards the end of the show, my dad turned to me and said “That Chloe is a great character” .
    I would have to agree…

    Anyway, I look forward to seeing you on thursday nights..I do hope that you’re coming back for the eighth season..

    Your faithful fan,

    Suzy