Cursed with impending poor health due to his rich diet?
Cursed with unhappiness due to family politics?
Cursed with future dispute over inheritance when he passes away?
Cursed with higher chance of getting a spouse who’s only interested in the money?
Cursed with having little time left for the family?
When money comes into the topic among poorer or middle-class people, sometimes we hear phrases like
So what if they are rich? They are not even happy.
He may earn a lot of pay as an accountant, but he is working day and night. He won’t have time to spend it.
Rich people are like that one lah.
I used to stereotype the rich negatively when I was young. In fact, I nearly got a record in the police station when I was young, special thanks to a rich classmate who turned on me to save his butt from his mum’s cane. Anyway, as I growing up and reading more, I start realizing that these statements are lousy justification to remain poor. They are sour grape statements made by the poor either out of jealousy, or injustice.
If rich people are more likely to have diseases associated with rich food (gout is known as the rich man disease, and caused by high intake of seafood and alcohol), then poor people should more likely have exposure to diseases arising from hygiene or unhealthy cheap food (think McDonalds and oily fried kway teow). But at least the rich have the money for supplements and surgery if needed.
Often in family drama serials, the rich has been casted as snoobish people who looks down on their son’s girlfriend’s humble background. If that’s the case, then what about those stereotyped money-minded poor folks who are out to milk a fortune from their daughter’s rich boyfriend? Or the girl with big boobs and great looks out to score herself a rich angmoh (foreigner)?
Rich man’s kids who are portrayed as spoilt brats who believe money can solve anything. But I know a lot of rich kids who had great education from their rich dad to make money with money, as compared to aimlessly exchanging time for money. Think Robert Kiyosaki, his rich dad taught him to make money, while his poor dad taught him to study hard and earn money.
If the rich has to fight for the their rich papa’s family fortunes, then the poor has their own problem of losing a breadwinner when the poor papa dies – who will support the family now?
If the rich like to gamble huge amount of money, at least most of them gamble with their excesses (or the company’s funds. =p). For the poor, they are more likely to bring their gambling problems home. Look at those people who are barred from the Singapore casino, as requested by their family. Are they poor or rich people? Poor.
What about straying from marriage? Well, rich man has mistresses. And poor man has lovers – it’s the same. Lust does not exist only for the rich. As long as you are a uncontented low-morale god-damned son-of-a-doggy and you have the guts, then you will stray if you want to. You don’t need to be rich to be a playboy, you just have to go for a different group of girls.
And what about the stereotyping that rich people are always busy? I personally think this is another misconception. The idea of wanting to get rich for me is to have more time for myself. After all, rich people hire poor people to work for them. My angmoh boss goes back much earlier than us because HE WANTS TO. I have colleagues who work so long hours due to their strong sense of responsibility, even though they are getting much lower pay than the bosses. Even if the rich guy work long hours, he’s at least better off than being a poor man and still work long hours (or hold double jobs).
In short, rich and poor people have their own set of problems.
Don’t be biased and be fearful of getting rich.
And stop demonising the rich. They are like you and me - most have 2 eyes and 1 nose.
The rich have beer belly. The poor have char kuey teow belly.
It’s the same.
Giving sour grape statements about rich people will not make us any richer.
And it certainly won’t make us any better either.
Why be poor when you can be rich?