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In the old Frank Capra movie Meet John Doe the character played by Walter Brennan (the Colonel) had no regard for worldy wealth. He contended that money led to slavery.
The Colonel says to his old hobo friend, ''I tell ya it's no good. You're going to get used to a lot of stuff that's going to wreck ya. I've seen guys like you go under before, guys that never had a worry. Then they got a hold of some dough and went goofy.
The first thing that happens to a guy like that is he starts wanting to go into restaurants and sit down at the table and eat salads and cupcakes and tea. The next thing the dope wants is a room. Yes sir, a room with steam heat - and curtains and rugs. And before ya know it he's all softened up and he can't sleep unless he has a bed. When ya become a guy with a bank account - they gotcha. Yes, they gotcha.''
Says a bystander, ''Who's got him?''
''The heel-lots,'' replies the Colonel. ''And when they got ya, ya got no more chance than a road rat.''
The Colonel goes on to describe how the man with nothing is completely ignored by all the store owners and salesmen. But when this person gets a little money, he can't get rid of the ''heel-lots.'' ''A lot of heels,'' he says.
"Suddenly everyone is trying to sell him something. They got long claws. And they get a stranglehold on ya. First thing ya know ya own things, a car fer instance. Now ya got your life messed up with a lot more stuff. Ya got license fees, and number plates, and gas, and oil, and taxes, and insurance, and identification cards, and letters, and bills, and flat tires, and dents, and traffic tickets, and motorcycle cops, and courtrooms, and lawyers, and fines, and a million an' one other things."
''Then what happens?"
"You're not the free and happy guy ya used to be. Ya gotta have money to pay for all those things. So ya go after what the other fella's got. And there you are - you're a heel-lot yerself!''