Billionaires; Hoarding Of The Collective Good
I’m not sure we’ve agreed on the social contract that currently exists in our societies; the American dream alongside Neoliberal philosophy has given us a kind of idolisation around money, that puts billionaires at the top of the tree.
An inspiration; people to look up to, admire, seek to replicate — someone to influence all of us.
The problem with this is that billionaires don’t seem to want this limelight.
They hole up behind gated communities; scared of the impending anarchy that might threaten their wealth, or perhaps they don’t believe in their leadership? They haven’t been taught how to lead philanthropically through their rising in the new industrial rich.
Maybe they don’t believe they’re truly worthy of the riches they have, which keeps them striving to create more wealth. Most people think of wealth in terms of lifestyle, so even if they’re super rich, they’re still looking up at the next wrung on the ladder.
Is this why they buy yachts they can’t sail or don’t have the presence to dedicate time to that craft? Is this why they pay exorbitant mooring costs and grow resentful of even this most privileged possession?
Do they need our help?
Maybe the problem is that we’re left guessing what their lives are like, and how they feel.
The flow of a healthy society mimics nature; it’s reciprocal.
The dominance that money can provide has changed the balance of power in society, there’s a large amount of power in corporations, and we’ve seen governance trying to pander to them, or even actively working alongside them.
A problem presents itself here because business is so rational; emotions are actively discouraged, and time is always tight.
Are we going to steer our society mindlessly — or even too minded, towards a crisis point?
Where are the ethical conversations around this situation?