As we enter an election season during which income inequality is likely to be a defining issue, I am reminded of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “The Rich Boy“:
“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.”
As relevant today as when it was first published in 1926. Need proof?
It makes one relish the sentiment variously attributed to: Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Voltaire, Blaise Pascal, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Winston Churchill, Pliny the Younger, Cato, Cicero, Bill Clinton, and Benjamin Franklin.
Forgive the length of this letter, but I did not have time to make it shorter.