“Money doesn’t change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out, that’s all.” –Henry Ford
New York City’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is rich. Quite rich. Multi-billionaire rich. I don’t know him personally (although someone tried to fix me up with him years ago), but he exudes cockiness every time he’s on TV or in the press. He even succeeded in overturning a law preventing him from running for a third term. Then he spent like a madman on advertising to win the election. He didn’t win by much, but he won.
Michael Bloomberg acts like he’s smarter than everyone else. In fact, he may be smarter than many of us, but he’d have more appeal if he exhibited some modesty. (I previously used the word diffident, but Duchesse told me I had the wrong word, so I changed it.)
Lots of money can have terrific power over us.
It can make us more popular. It doesn’t give us real friends.
It can buy us closets of clothes and drawers of jewelry. It doesn’t give us style.
It can give us access to top doctors and talented lawyers. It doesn’t give us health or ethics.
It can take us on exotic trips. It doesn’t make us cultured.
It can do a world of nice things. It doesn’t make us nice, and we know it doesn’t make us happy.
I know a FOF woman who is married to one of the richest men in the United States. She doesn’t have a haughty bone in her body. She radiates style, charm and intelligence. She’s had a tough life in many respects. All the money in the world couldn’t change that.