On wealth and working

Wealthy parents don’t raise their own children. They hang out with them. The national theater is celebrating its indignation over recent commentary on the super-rich candidate’s wife. She hasn’t worked a day in her life. But pointing that out is broadcast as an attack on all womanhood. The shocked and astonished would have us believe she’s been toiling away like the rest of us – because she’s got five kids.

It doesn’t work that way, folks. Wealthy wives are different. They have nannies, tutors, housekeepers, boarding schools, and paid friends to handle every minute of ‘work’ involved in raising a child. The only thing they share with the rest of us is a desire to be good parents. And they’ve got a multi-billion dollar advertising industry to help them pretend they are.

This isn’t just a problem for parenthood. Prosperity is healthy and fun. Wealth diminishes the soul. The awareness a person ‘never has to work again’ cuts that same person adrift from humanity. And it’s tragic. Rich people want to be like everyone else. Most believe they truly are. They struggle mightily to maintain the facade of professional pursuits and ‘social contributions.’ Some of them, superficially, are even decent people.

But they’re not like you and me, and we should never trust them.

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