The Rich

Friend Joe sends me this Haitian proverb from an anthology of travel writing:

“If work is such a good thing, how come the rich haven’t grabbed it for themselves?”

Wise words. Or rather they would be if it weren’t for the fact that the modern rich apparently do work quite hard.

We live in strange times. In a world of work worship, not even the rich are free.

If you’re rich, do yourself a favour and take the rest of your life off. Some Haitians might be a bit sarcastic about your decision, but it’ll be worth it.

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3 Responses to “The Rich”

  1. Drew says:

    That’s actually a good point to bring up. I’ve never really understood why the wealthy continue to go to work, instead of just “hangin em up” and delegating the management of their affairs. Surely even they realize when they have enough. Likewise, in a past life, I never really understood the Generals. What, other than sheer ego, drove them onward and upward, dragging their families along for the ride? Same goes for politicians. It has to be ego.

    Perhaps they’re afraid of being bored. Which strikes me as sad.

  2. Shayne says:

    I think it is about retaining a sense of purpose which is presumably as challenging for the rich as for the poor and perhaps more so if there is nothing that you have to do, just to survive.

  3. That’s an excellent point. Finding meaning without work might even be the big challenge of our time. As you say, it’s relevant on both sides of the wealth equality gap.

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