Alas, poor money: desired with passion, yet disdained and unloved.
Little comment is needed, so we’ll say only this: many an Ebenezer Scrooge or budding Old Man Potter has sacrificed love, youthful joy and plain good digestion in frantic pursuit of riches, only to find their ducat stack leaves them feeling flat. Money won’t make you happy, the sages warn. But are they so precisely right in this commonplace counsel?
A while ago, some of our staff enjoyed a rich dinner with a lawyer of our acquaintance. A partner in a globally respected firm by age 40, he was, in the parlance of a more rollicking time, rolling in the stuff. “I don’t know why people say money won’t make you happy,” he said over his lobster, “It makes me feel great.”
Turn off the stern and down tools on assembling that guillotine: our friend at the bar is an angel in Gucci shoes, legendary in his generosity, kindness and ever-present good cheer. Imagine if Bob Cratchit or George Bailey had made it big: you’d never object for minute.
We’re not sure if any of these characters, literary, film or reality based, would pass muster with the spend shamers. Our linked article explains: these are people who argue that if we’d just give up everyday luxuries, like fancy coffee, the oyster appetizer or properly fitting shoes, we’d all get rich.
If they practice what they preach, they’re likely headed for disappointment, but if they want to live joyless, so be it. The problem stems from their determination to spread the misery to a global audience. Just how this approach would address the very real problem of income disparity in America is never quite explained.
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Money Doesn’t Deserve the Bad Rap It’s Getting | Wealth Management