TABOO OF INHERITING VAST WEALTH – According to the New Testament there are no less than seven deadly sins; or as they are sometimes referred to as capital or cardinal sins, these being Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Pride, Wrath, Envy and Sloth.
In this modern day should the New Testament be updated to include Taboo for the rich, who often find the discussion of money completely sinful; that is regardless to their spending habits in which they openly flaunt their wealth to the masses?
In the documentary that I have included above it follows an adventure, if you will, that is one young man’s quest to get his closest friends to talk about their inherited wealth.
The documentary was initiated by Jamie Johnson from one of America’s wealthiest families of the Johnson & Johnson Corporation. At the tender age of just 21, and without having to work a single day of his life, Jamie Johnson came into an inheritance that would could wipe out many small countries fiscal debt.
One thing that becomes quickly apparent is the fact that most of the participants of the documentary felt a great sense of anxiety to the thought of what would be included in the final cut. You need to understand that people, with this type of wealth, generally have complete control of those around them and whilst newspapers and magazines often print stories on the lives of these people much of what is reported is hearsay or even outrageous speculation; for rarely will these people offer an open and frank interview, especially if the subject is to consist on unraveling their net worth.
Another notably, and rather disturbing realization, is that these kids are very much cut off from reality as we know it. It could be said that they feel segregated and not able to socially interact with people that are outside their tax bracket.
It would be all so easy to wave this off saying that they are wealthy enough not to worry themselves over such trivialities and yet humans, by our very nature, rely on interaction with others and from all spectrums of society in order to develop a better balance of perception.
Stop for a moment and think about your own home. How many TV’s do you own? Let’s just say that you own three TV’s and each is the latest model. No doubt you would be fairly happy but those TV’s are not the be all and end all of your existence. After watching your favourite show you may elect to head out to your local for a few beers where you will no doubt meet your friends of a wide and varied social group; that is there will be numerous levels of wealth among that group.
With the super rich they are often shielded, segregated from anyone outside that does not have vast wealth and therefore the diversity of their interactions; maybe even their humility alone could be seriously damaged.
It is of course often difficult for these kids to interact with groups from what can only be described as a lower social level and this is often brought about not by the rich kids but rather those from the lower social levels through a refusal to interact with anyone with real wealth. It’s almost like they are unclean or that they would be severely ridiculed by their own social class if they were to befriend someone with money.
It is often, as the rich will tell you, tough enough having to deal with general public perception that all wealthy people are villains, but for their off-spring who inherit vast wealth the perceptions are often magnified with the disdain that what they have is simply ‘easy’ money. This is often verbalized into the saying ‘born with a silver spoon in your mouth’ when in fact that cliché rarely applies with the super wealthy today – it should be a platinum spoon, encrusted with diamonds.
Drug use among the rich kids is also highly evident. Is this an attempt to cry out and be heard or simply a way to remove themselves from the reality of their wealth? I would strongly suspect the latter.
A lot of the wealth is obscene and certainly pretentious which fuels the belief that these kids have very few true friends. It is a game of ‘one-up-man’s-ship’ where some are notably far wealthier which only exasperates the problem of segregation.
There are not many people who wouldn’t like having more money. I remember as a very young child sitting in school where the teacher asked each of my classmates the obligatory question; ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ The answers were the usual fare, fireman, policeman, nurse, doctor, even a couple of lawyers. For me my answer was simple ‘a millionaire’.
I’ve always yearned to be wealthy; not for the purpose of simply being able to do what I want without having to worry about office hours but rather to afford me the ability to explore what I could personally achieve with that wealth.
I admire very few people and almost none of these are wealthy accept people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Sir Richard Branson who continue to use their money for the betterment of mankind.
These select, in my personal view, people are truly remarkable in that they have no real interest in hoarding vast wealth just so it can be passed on to the next generation to live a carefree life. Yes of course their off-spring will unlikely ever have to worry about money but the bulk of their wealth is pledged to charitable causes that helps some of the world’s more unfortunate.
Our perception of those with vast fortunes rarely allows for any form of sympathy. We look upon these people as having fulfilling lives with no difficulties and yet from my investigations these people, and especially their kids, have issues that the rest of us could never truly comprehend and yet if I had to sum it up in one single word that word would be ‘loneliness’ due to how such wealth segregates them from the rest of the world and living in a continuous bubble looking out and wondering what reality is like has to be the biggest torment any person could ever experience.
We look at the wealth with a disdain and often label them as committing every cardinal sin known to man and yet maybe it is us who commit the greatest sin of all by envying those who live a life that appears to be so perfect when in reality it is very much detached from perfection.
Do you feel any sympathy for the rich and their rich kids or are they simply playing on their difficulties in order to divert our attention away from the fact they have very little to worry about? Leave your comments below.