Many Americans dream of a winning lottery ticket that would secure their family’s future and allow them to retire from that awful job. However, what do those already at the top dream about? Are they truly happy, or do the rich all secretly harbor their own wistful “Rosebud” childhood fantasy? In a recent online post, people discuss things they believe rich people fantasize about.
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1. Art Envy
“I know a guy who worked for Barbara Streisand, and apparently she was upset that her Picasso (an original) wasn’t as nice as someone else’s,” concedes someone in the knowledge. “Grass is always greener, I guess.” Poor Barbara; maybe we could start crowdfunding for a new Picasso?
Money can’t buy you love though it will undoubtedly help keep some cool friends. One poster reveals how their super-rich buddy isn’t interested in birthday presents. When asked what he would like for his birthday, he replied, “Nothing, mate, just come over to my birthday party, and I will be really happy.” You cannot put a price on true friendship.
While most of the world craves financial security and a restful twilight, those climbing the higher rungs of the ladder have a shared outlook. Things mean nothing, but places and experiences mean everything. “Experiences are worth far more to me these days than things,” says a financially independent commenter. “I spend money to go places and to do stuff, to create new memories of fun experiences that will last a lifetime.”
I have always said that time is life’s most valuable currency. Money is important, but while we can always earn more or replace material items, once time is spent, there is no regaining it. “Rich people pay people to do things for them because their time is worth more to them than money,” explains a thoughtful contributor, “while the ones paid value the money more than their time.”
The most successful members of society reach a point where money is no longer their primary focus, and legacy takes precedence. Thread members are split on the motivation for this, and many feel vanity is a cornerstone of charity.
“Rich people want to be admired,” argues a commenter. “Or maybe all people want to be admired, but rich people can afford to focus on it because they have food, homes, and time.” This outlook might be considered skeptical — though honest, nonetheless.
The flip side of the vanity argument is that most people have genuine philanthropy in them or even feel incredible guilt for their fortune. “I am somewhat privileged and have been around a lot of successful people,” adds someone with a fresh perspective. “Many have a lot of guilt and a lot of self-loathing.”
Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering, is a committed member of the futurism movement, having written books on his theories on human singularity. By 2045, argues the computer academic, humans will reach technological ‘singularity,’ which means they will live forever. No, this isn’t from a page in an Orwell, Huxley, or Asimov novel — this is a thing.
8. Simpler Times
They say the journey is more important than the destination, and one commenter believes the wealthy are all chasing after their favorite memories. Rich people watching Citizen Kane will understand the “Rosebud” significance well before others. The name Rosebud, which serves as the film’s verbal motif, obviously denotes a time when Charles Foster Kane was happy: his childhood.
9. True Friendship
There is a reason the wealthy all hang out with one another — they know that people they meet aren’t after their money. “Yeah,” agrees the next commenter. “The rich don’t know who their friends are and who are leeches.” I like Keanu Reeves’ approach. He might be worth over $350 million, but Keanu is often photographed sitting and sharing lunch with homeless people or riding the public bus. Keanu is friends with everyone.
10. Keeping It Real
Mark Zuckerberg is renowned for his social media uploads and sharing videos of him smoking meats and grilling. “Yeah, there is definitely a strange trend with rich people wanting to cosplay as the working class,” affirms another thread member. I mean, what should the man be doing? Is he only allowed to post videos of yachting or selfies from five-star hotels? If Zuck wants to grill meat, let him grill meat!
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