The longer I live, the more I wonder what the advantage to vast wealth, fame, and privilege really are.
I thank Hollywood and pro sports for presenting such compelling reasons to question this.
Certainly, not all who reach extreme pinnacles of wealth, fame and privilege become corrupt and/or crash and burn, but in my experience, a large number do. And few groupings of people are exempt. Certainly not entertainers, athletes, professionals, politicians, or ministers. Everyone is corruptible.
By corrupt I simply becoming self-consumed, non-functioning, and diverted from one’s intended purpose. Often functioning by a new set of rules we’ve created for ourselves that are seemingly above, or at least detached from the rules that apply to the rest of humanity.
Case in point…
Now I don’t mean to isolate Charlie. He just happens to be the “Corrupt de Jour”.
And surely we have not forgotten…
And these are just two examples that happen again and again and again.
In light of these examples, and I really do not mean to judge because how do I know how I would be if I were a global figure with vast wealth and power?, but in light of these examples, I am glad to be of more typical means and to have had experiences that woke me up from the pathway of corruption that I was on. I am glad that I come from a hard-working family and need to be one myself to have what I have.
In this light, the pain was worth it. Even if I am free to blow it all again if I get complacent.
I am grateful to have re-learned the value of honesty and that true wealth is in the things money doesn’t buy… a great marriage, great relationship with my kids, good health, serenity, and a relationship with God.
What, besides some comforts and conveniences, could vast “privilege” add to my life? Nothing.