The inspiration for this article comes from and article on Capitol Commentary yesterday. We've got it pretty good here in America, where the worst that most people have to worry about is whether or not they'll be able to do yoga with their dogs.
But here's a quote to put into perspective what I'm going to try to convey. "You and your friends are going to wonder how you ever lived so large while leaving so little for the rest of us." That's a quote from Anne Hathaway in the Dark Knight Rises trailer.
What made me think of this? I heard on the radio yesterday that Jay Z and Beyonce dropped $600,000 on a solid gold rocking horse, $20,000 on a crystal encrusted high chair, and $10,000 on a crib or some shit. Altogether, that's $630,000 dollars that could have gone to something along the lines of, oh I don't know, malaria vaccinations in Africa. Maybe they could have fed a poor family in El Salvador for like the next 10 years. Oh I know, they could have given like 5 kids full rides to college for that kind of money.
But instead, they decided to spend it on their child, on opulent frivolities that symbolize the very essence of decadence and greed.
I'm a capitalist. I believe that it's not immoral to be rich, but I also believe that it's hard to be rich and *not* a selfish, greedy asshole. A rich person is entitled to live whatever lifestyle they want, but they have to realize that that lifestyle comes with a caveat. I'm sure Jay Z and Beyonce know that there is horrific suffering going on in the world, but they think their little brat so important that it would be better to blow all that money on bullshit the kid doesn't even care about rather than to allevaite that suffering.
You know what that says to me? They don't give a shit about the human condition.
Don't get me wrong. If I somehow struck it rich, I wouldn't give up everything I had just to help other people. I'd find a lifestyle that I'm comfortable with (I'm a fairly simple guy, so I likely would not live in a lavish mansion, but rather something spacious and comfortable while not being too ostentatious), I'd set aside enough money to sustain that lifestyle for the rest of my life, I'd put some away for my children, and then I'd give the rest away.
I seriously would give the rest away. First to my family, then to my friends, and then to charity. But that's because I've got a different idea as to what a "good" lifestyle is. My rich life would not consist of silly shit like that. I could never, ever morally justify the expenditures these fools drop and sleep soundly at night.
But what I find funny is that these asshats, these douchebags apathetic to the plight of their fellow man, somehow dodged the bullet on the whole Occupy movement. These entertainers and their cohorts are all part of the 1%, yet no one occupied their shit. Why?
Probably because celebrities are, for the most part, notoriously liberal. It's okay to be mega-rich so long as you say you give a shit about everyone else. Nevermind the fact that, while Justin Beiber is making more money than 99.9% of American citizens can even comprehend, there is some child out there dying of malaria because he didn't have access to vaccinations. Forget about the fact that as Blue Ivy (Jay Z and Beyonce's kid) is shitting in his crystal encrusted high chair, there's an infant who is dying of starvation.
Occupy Hollywood, a land filled with some of the biggest, cocksucking, assclowning hypocrites to ever grace this shithole slaughterhouse of a planet. You're free to live whatever lifestyle your financial means allow, but that doesn't mean you're absolved from being a douchebag should you decide to live a life of obscene lavishness while others suffer.