Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I Believe

I believe most sensible people who happen to aspire to be rich, aspire to be rich only so that they make keep other people (and their inevitable misery) "the fuck away" from them. I can sort of understand this logic. Any other reason for wanting to be rich, however, strikes me as piggish and retrograde.


  1. Paul Dinello's ManservantNovember 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Yes, the super rich tend to build compounds to sequester themselves from the outside world. Remember that MadTV sketch in which Oprah recommends that everyone in her audience buy their own island? The vast majority of super wealthy seem to be power mad, and it's probably more about power than money for them -- the money is just the "points" system of their power game. But there are those wealthy individuals who actually have taste and support the arts and leave lasting evidience of their taste and humanitarianism -- I'm thinking of two in particular from my own experience: the town I'm living in -- the whole town -- was built by an oil/railroad magnate in the "city beautiful" philosophy and is GORGEOUS. And the Getty museums in Southern California are elaborately stunning.

  2. I agree that the era of the Great Philanthropists could be sort of wonderful. How many dozens of times have I visited the Walters Museum in Balto and been grateful for a rich dude with a lot of money and time on his hands who collected all that stuff! I just see so many who are the opposite of this. The Leona Helmsley type of rich.