The other day I was watching a documentary on insanely rich people called Born Rich (LINK HERE) and they were talking about what it’s like to be born into a rich family where your whole life has practically been set out for you; It was more insightful than I thought it would be and I learned some things from it (things that you probably know already).
One was that rich people are exempt from a LOT of rules, as in they can do whatever they want and they probably won’t feel the side effects of it if it involves money. I also learned that having hundreds of millions at your disposal means that you’ll live in a completely different reality, what the real world means to us in nothing like what the real world means to them. The third but not the final thing (I’m not going to list anymore after this) I learnt was that rich people are honestly more human than we let ourselves believe. To be born into a situation that you didn’t ask to be in is something that we all experience but we aren’t all extremely privileged, rather a lot of us are average (can’t think of a better word). There aren’t too many people in the world that are extremely rich, it’s a small circle and because they’re out of touch with “normal folk” it’s a lot easier for them to feel isolated. Imagine someone who’s extremely rich and has nothing in common with other extremely rich people life must be hell for them.
With all of that being said, that’s not even the main point of this blog post. There was one particular quotable in that documentary where one of the interviewees, Luke Weil said that losing all of his money would be on the level of losing a relative. That’s one hell of an attachment that he’s got to his money but what hit me most about it was that the money he was talking about was inherited money. It made me wonder for us who aren’t as rich, how would it feel to lose everything that you’ve earned (or not inherited)?
I’m pretty sure that in life we’re taught at some point that being attached to material possessions isn’t the way to go because they don’t last but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt. I’ll be the first to tell you that and my posts about not having a laptop can vouch for me.
Back to the point, what I want to know is if you can relate to that? What would the feeling of experiencing such a loss do for/to you?
On a side note, I find loss interesting for rich people because money might be the most valuable thing they have. It’s what sets them apart from us because in most cases anything they lose can easily be replaced whereas for us, that next paycheck might only be a small step.