In writing these columns I like to think that I’ m objective enough to point out the positive as well as the negative viewpoints of a specific subject. Take for example extreme wealth. I’ m all for it and would like to see more of it come my way, if at all possible. There I’ve said something positive; now let’s hit the down side.
Since extreme wealth may not happen to me in my lifetime (I don’t think I’ll care too much about it after I’ m dead) I’ll endeavor to enlighten you as to why I think we should abstain from envying those who are plagued by this calamity.
First off there are simply too many choices to be made if you’ re a wealthy person. Imagine how difficult it is when you have several homes scattered around the globe. Do we do Thanksgiving in San Tropez or Staad’ Christmas in the Hamptons or Scottsdale’ Oh wait’do we still have that little place in Palm Beach’ I forget.
Where are our cars’do we still have any cars’do we still have to do that New Years Party with Mumsy’didn’t we have a dog’ Could you have left it in Paris’ We need a new cook; this one uses too much salt. What happened to our old one’she died’ When’
Life is difficult enough without having troubles such as these. If you’ re fortunate enough to live in an apartment and have enough money to buy food and clothing, then let me suggest that you are one lucky person. Imagine all of the headaches you have avoided by not having to make decisions like where you can get the best yield on all of your certificates of deposit or which new gown designer you’ll need for that party in June.
These kinds of issues would surely tax your strength and test your resolve. Just last week I was in Europe on business. In the bathrooms the toilets have two buttons, one big one and one little one. You must make a decision on which one to use. Who needs stress over flushing a toilet’ I certainly don’t. Imagine if you had toilets all over the world in your various houses. You’d probably need a chart just to tell you how to operate each one. You surely need an operations manual to figure out how to use foreign televisions. At home, you have a remote which has buttons that say words which can be understood such as ‘ on and off or mute. In Europe you have buttons with little pictures. None of which make any sense to someone like me. It’s as if you showed me a picture of a man riding a bicycle with a birthday cake on his head’ I have a hard time figuring out just what this is supposed to mean. I end up calling the front desk and ask them to send someone up to show me what to do. I get a European teenager who presses three or four buttons in quick succession while covering his fingers (deliberately I might add) so that I can’t duplicate his actions. He waits for a tip. This leaves me with two choices.call the desk again and pay out another tip to be shown again or simply leave the television on for the length of my stay in the hotel. I choose to do the latter. If you were rich, you would have someone with you to perform those functions for you and thus save yourself a sizeable amount of grief. Of course, you have to think about how you get this person from one place to another and what else they would be doing while not helping with the television remote control. More decisions’ more stress.
You’ve seen those old movies where the butler or servants are standing in the corners of the room waiting to be called upon. Can you imagine how tedious this would be if you had one of those with you even if you had the biggest room at the Holiday Inn’seems to me it would be a lot of trouble to have Jeeves or whatever their name is just standing around all day waiting for you to bark out some command. I don’t think I could do it; I’d want to talk to them and make friends with them, which is apparently a big no-no in the world of the wealthy.
So, to sum this up.I trust I’ve given you some thoughts that will make you consider just how lucky you are in your present circumstances and that you will reevaluate your financial position and decide that having mega millions isn’t necessarily a good thing.