Countless studies, one conclusion: wealth decreases a person’s empathy. Wealthy people feel entitled. Wealthy people approve of greed.
Having recently come into some money (RIP Grandma Ida), I’m worried that I’ll become that guy: avaricious, Wall Street-loving Republican douchebag with luxury cars and a big home in the suburbs with a pool. To avoid this fate, I’m making a list of ways I can stay in touch with the common man:
Take the CTA X
Eat at McDonald’s X
Watch reality TV
Read Buzzfeed articles X
Rent don’t buy X
Shop at Aldi
See movies during matinee X
Dunkin’ Donuts not Starbucks
It’s still a work in progress; I add new criteria every day. I’m trying my best, but I regularly encounter a few problems. For instance, I live closer to a Whole Foods than an Aldi, and it’s difficult to resist the temptation of convenience, especially since I can afford it. No matter how hard I try, I simply prefer Starbucks to Dunkin’. And reality TV just sucks.Despite these setbacks, I will continue to fight the influence of my money. I won't let it go to my head.
Sorry I didn't write a story yesterday--my dad drove me in from the burbs. I managed to fit all my clothes in only two suitcases because I'm magical. To make up for it, you should check out the other story I wrote for All Together Now today. Magic Erasers are rad.