by Gray Graham
I always find it funny and amazing how people worship the ground that the super rich walk. People honestly believe that they are better than everyone else. They are better looking, smarter, wiser, and forward thinking and just about anything else you want to throw in there. It is so hard to believe that wars were fought to get rid of royalty.
Even in the United States we worship the super rich like good grateful peasants. We believe that they deserve all of the extras they receive to the fact that they pay no taxes at all. You hear all the time how some CEO actually deserves his 100 million dollar bonus for sitting at a desk all day. After all they create jobs. (what is the create unemployment rate again).
Now what is truly amazing is how people have so much love for the super rich, but have complete disdain for just the rich. People call players, actors, musicians, and other professionals selfish spoiled brats, but the people they work for are entitled to everything that they get but their employees are not.
Pro athletes fit this description to a tee. Take the Owners vs the Players that is currently going on in the NFL. People call the players greedy and ungrateful but the owners are not. Exactly how can Tom Brady and Randy Moss be more greedy than Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft?
The super rich and the corporations they run get so much tax payer money given to them that it should make them ashamed, but it does not. They take and take never getting enough, but the people give and give never demanding something different. You never hear large complaints about CEO's stealing money from your retirement plans or laying off workers while he cashes in that big year in end bonus.
Mark Hurd was fired over sexual harassment and fraud charges, and then paid 40 million dollars to leave, there was no public outcry. When he got a job at Oracle as Co-President, there was no public outcry. There was not even one peep out of a national women's organization. But when New York Jet players get into it with a female reporter in their locker, oh let the outcries begin. What do you think the outcry would have been if Mark Hurd was a NBA player?
Maybe it is just part of the human make-up to put people on a pedestal. To believe that some people are just better than others. It is said that we always need someone to worship that we can see and touch. We might have a need to have “gods” on Earth. Something we know is real and can strive to achieve.
That is something that has changed, for while it is as rare as can be, it is possible for everyone to have a chance of joining the Pantheon of the Super Rich and thus becoming a god on Earth. I guess that is why so many don't care about losing their soul in the quest for wealth.