True words, from my friend Dave Litz. And he would know, having split his time between the real people of Cleveland and the plastic people of Los Angeles for many years now. Truly, the douchiness of the rich has spiraled out of control. For every do-gooder and good gesture someone with an assload of money makes, there’s five of the Mark Cuban equivalents on the other side, downing $90,000 bottles of champagne, the Jay Lenos with 7500 different cars he “collects,” and the myriad douches on shows like MTV Cribs, who want to be on TV to make sure everyone sees how fucking obnoxious they are, and how many hundreds of identical pairs of brand new shoes are in their closet so that they never have to wear a used, dirty pair out anywhere.
Does anyone truly wonder why there are certain segments of the world’s population who think we have no morals and who want us dead?
I am actually being serious. This is what people are shown as “success” at every turn. And so few of us measure up. The result is feeling like a miserable failure if all you are able to do is go to work every day and try to feed/raise your family adequately, maybe by not eating in front of the TV for dinner because you’re trying to instill proper manners, or by taking the kid with you to donate his Halloween candy to the homeless youth shelter so he can understand giving back, where the kids not only don’t get to go Trick or Treat, they rarely get three squares a day – let them eat all the candy they want, I figure, their lives suck.
Even on the smaller scale, we are all guilty of some level of coveting the Joneses’ shit. I recently saw an online discussion among some moms about how much to expect to spend on a Disney vacation and it blew my fucking mind. I cannot imagine EVER having $4000-8000 to spend on a single year’s vacation (not that I would ever take my kid to that hellhole, but that’s beside the point). And still others who complain that smaller, cheaper houses are being built in their development of all $750K-plus homes and that the newer houses are going to drag the value down, because what kind of PEOPLE might this bring in, when the houses are “only” $450K?
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY?
How do I show my boy what is right when his best mate at school is the child of a REALLY RICH local sports figure and the kid has new clothes every other day, the hottest action figures, and who brings a whole backpack full of toys in every week (despite school rules to the contrary) that he wants me to buy. How do I teach him that when you are rich, you do not have to follow the rules, you do not have to do what’s fair or moral or right, he who has the gold makes the rules.
I am angry. Fed up. And broke.