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Why do some folks who have a lot more money than others seem to be less nice and more evil to everyone around them?

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:50 am
Monopoly character: Sad hill

Science can explain a lot of things that I've always wondered about (go, science!). In this case, it explains what I've known for a long time but been unable to quite understand: Why do some folks who have a lot more money than others seem to be less nice and more evil to everyone around them?

At 0:50, someone actually takes candy from babies. No, really. At 3:00, we start to see the science unfold before our eyes. Entire management courses could ó and should ó be taught with the bit starting at 4:40.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:08 am

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. --- Henry David Thoreau


Beverly T (82)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:41 am
Wow, amazing.
And disheartening.
So let me get some of what I just heard straight in my mind as I understand the greed begets greed part, unfortunately.
How on earth do we ever make MOST of the rich feel like THEY have unmet NEEDS to make them FEEL more generous toward others ????? Do I have that right ?
What a tall tall order to be fulfilled as it seems impossible from my perspective. Maybe we could find a few Democratic PSYCHIATRISTS to run for office instead of lawyers. I certainly think I'd donate to that cause. LoL

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:11 pm

I think Bev once an individual counts his/her personal wealth in dollars the cause is lost.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:47 pm
I have never been rich nor do I desire to be rich. This is all illusion like the atomic structure which is 80% empty space. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?

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Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:18 pm

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:11 pm
The problem with Americans is we all think we could be rich one day & therefore make allowances for those already rich..of course WE would be Nicer than them. Since I'm still waiting for my lottery winnings, I am practicing "rich traits" in get the hell out of my way & hand me that sticky kid's candy!;)

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:31 pm

Yvonne, you do crack me up! ;)

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:39 pm
I'm here for your amusement.:)

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:44 pm

I know :)

pam w (139)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:55 pm
Stars to you two!

One of the most detrimental tendency we have, as a species, is the seeimingly inherent impulse to save more than we can use.

Certainly, other animals store resources but nothing like we do. AND...we're the only species which systematically sets out to DESTROY our competition.

NOT a good thing!

Laurie H (817)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:57 pm
Wealth cannot be measured in just dollars & cents, it cannot buy true happiness. I've known great wealth= not me personally--- but a segment of my extended family & grew up understanding what it was & what it can bring, as I grew up. It's a fantastic cushion, if you will, but it's far from what life is all about. Wealth can buy power, materialistic possessions & much more. What counts most of all as I see it, is the INDIVIDUAL and how they interpret this state of being. Thanks so much Kit!!!~ Much Appreciated!!!!~

Bryan S (105)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:24 pm
Really intersting stuff, Kit. Probably a lot of people have seen the documentary "The Corporation," which demonstrates how a corporate "person" exhibits a list of behaviors that define a sociopath. I certainly believe that a sense of material wealth can bring about selfish behavior.

Maybe it starts with a feeling of fear and disconnection in the first place, and once that person is "wealthy" (no need of others for material need) this attitude (causing contempt) is fully displayed.

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:27 pm
Love of money itself is warned against in the Bible and greed was named a deadly sin...both insightful commentaries on the slippery slopes of the wealthy who will have more trouble entering heaven than getting through the eye of a needle...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:34 am
Money isn't everything

Elizabeth F (134)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 11:16 am
We all know the saying..."absolute power corrupts absolutely" and nowadays the all mighty dollar is power. I think the rich are miserable because they have to much of everything and don't know what to do with it. "Ohhhh...whatever will I do with that old faberge egg...there is just NO room for my NEW faberge egg cleaner" Thanks Kit :)

Gene Jacobson (290)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 12:43 pm
The effects of wealth are pernicious. I wonder if this has ever been different in all of human history? And isn't it interesting that rich people made to feel poor become more altruistic in their behavior? What does that say about how our economic and tax policies should be affected? What kind of society would we like to be? It seems within our power to change society by changing the rules a bit. While continuing to look both ways for those who aren't motivated by anything but more.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 12:44 pm
Several commenters have mentioned the Bible, and I could bring up the "widow's mite." I think what makes us want to hang on to more than we can se is fear. I know I feel fearful financially.

Robert B (60)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 6:54 pm
True wealth is AWARENESS. The more aware you become, the richer you are. Material wealth is nothing more than a trap that keeps you Spiritually Poor.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 9:06 am
The video is fascinating, but I have been aware of the difference in the behavior of the haves and have nots for much of my life. A number of my relatives and some of the parishioners at the church who were wealthy had a sense of entitlement. I have to add that, in general, they were not happy or generous. One relative who recieved a collection box from church took toys for her children before she made a donation to the box, and they lived in a country club community. Naturally, they were members of the "club." They were indeed "top drawer" types, if you know what I mean. I was shocked when she told me and have never forgotten it. Clearly, she had no compunctions taking from those in need, and had no shame in telling me about it. I found that to be quite shocking. This is just one of many experiences. Thank you for sharing the video perhaps if people were aware of what they were doing, they might change for the better.

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 10:44 pm
Very, very interesting! When I would drive to work, I noticed that often BMWs, Lexus', and Mercedes' would whiz by me, cut me off, and generally not think the rules of the road were made for them. And of course, I'd cuss them out from the safety of my car. Now I know there is science behind this behaviour. But I will still cuss them out!

"Itís interesting that highly inequitable distribution of wealth actually contributes to the drive for Republicans to make it even more inequitable." The insatiable thirst for more!

Rose Becke (141)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:28 pm
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