I have worked for and been around many wealthy people.
I went to a business lunch with a client of mine (he paid for our meal). I was so embarrassed by the way he treated the wait staff and tipped a
dollar. I couldn't believe it really. As we were leaving the restaurant I told the client I needed to run to the restroom. On the way I went by the
waiter and apologized for the way he was treated and gave him $5. No excuse for that behavior.
This same client also turned out to be a real pain in the ass. Should have been obvious from the way he treated the waiter. He was constantly trying
to get something for nothing and hugely resented having to pay my bill. It was as if I should be satisfied doing the work for free, like my payment
was the privilege of just working with him.
They are not all
that way, but
the majority are. Condescending as hell. They definitely think they are really something because they
have money. Most I noticed were just in the right place at the right time - a monkey would have been as successful. Intelligence in most their cases
was almost non-existent - though they thought of themselves as geniuses. Really the stupidity of some was quite astounding.
If I had to sum them up in a few words it would be ...
Narcissistic, arrogant, and condescending ...
I can't say that if I were born in their shoes and had things work for me the way it did for them that I would be any different. I like to think that
I wouldn't be that way but who knows. The way I am is definitely an outgrowth of where I have been. I know what it means to do a job that you hate and
still try to put a good face on. I know what it means to have a negative bank account and rent due on Monday. I have compassion for my fellow man and
his struggles because I can put myself in their shoes. I can even put myself in the shoes of those who are rich ... that doesn't mean I excuse or
condone their behavior and attitude ... just that I can see how it comes about.
That is the biggest problem I see in this world in general is the lack of compassion and empathy. Almost no one tries to (at least mentally) walk a
mile in another person's shoes. Narcissism isn't just a disease of the rich ...
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