Money Changes Everything
Money changes everything. Research over centuries has shown that the wealthier a person is, the less compassion they have toward other people. This is a trend that is clear when you explore money throughout history up to the current time.
One of the oldest bits of evidence of this wealth and compassion trend can be seen in the King James Bible, Matthew 19:23 states: “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato both claimed that greed was the root of immorality. They also argued that greed created more desire for material gain and that it sacrificed any ethical standards that might have otherwise been present in an individual.
Throughout history, there have been plenty of infamous individuals in America who are deemed the greediest. William H. Vanderbilt, who lived from 1821 through 1884, comes to mind. He had inherited a great deal of wealth and gained even more afterward. He was the wealthiest man of his era and controlled the world’s largest railroad network. However, he was perhaps most famous for a specific statement – “The public be damned! I don’t take any stock in this silly nonsense about working for anybody but our own.”
Charles Ponzi, 1882-1949, is best known for the Ponzi scheme that was named after him. This shows just how greedy the man was throughout his lifetime.
Dennis Kozlowski, born in 1946, was the CEO of Tyco International. His greed shows in the way he defrauded shareholders out of over $400 million. The man is so greedy that he once spent $6,000 on a gold shower curtain. The money was not his but came from company funds. He also once had the company pay $2 million for a birthday party for his wife that included hostesses who donned togas.
Bernard Madoff is perhaps the most famous greedy person in America in modern history. He was born in 1938 and relied on a Ponzi scheme to defraud more than $50 billion from people who believed they were donating funds to charity. Many of these people were also those he deemed as friends.
It is a myth that individuals who are in a lower class behave more unethically so that they can increase their resources. In reality, the exact opposite tends to be true, and it is the upper class who are more likely to behave in a manner that is unethical.
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Written by Cowboy on October 18th, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture