Wednesday, November 19, 2003

What Money Can Buy

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "The very rich are different from you and I."

"Yes," replied Hemingway, "they have more money."

I've noticed that the rich are different, not just because they have more money, but because they have more money.

Most of us live a sad existence working for The Man for one simple reason: we need the money. When we face the Dilbertian absurdity and unfairness of The Office, we don't stand up for ourselves and say what we really think because however unpleasant our cubicle might seem, it's better than huddling over a sewer grate for warmth.

The rich, on the other hand, don't need to swallow their pride and eat the excretions of their managers. Just look at the behavior of the well-off: Paris Hilton, Dennis Rodman, Mark Cuban--they do what they want, when they want, and don't give a damn what other people think.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy freedom.

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