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Yeah Right Money Can’t Buy You Happiness
It is said that money can’t buy
happiness but nobody really believes it. Although money buy things that bring
short-lived pleasure it is important to consider the true cost of being born
into wealth. Family values are lost. In a desperate attempt to maintain
appearance, consumerism and unhealthy life choices run rampant. Because things
come easily, everything is taken for granted. The middle class considers family
and lifestyle important. People work hard and appreciate both things with a
dollar sign attached and without. Middle class citizens of the world are the
richest people on earth.
The aqua blue water of the Mediterranean looked like
glass on this perfect afternoon in July. A luxury yacht was docked at the
picturesque port of Nice, France. The yacht’s crew stood on the aft deck, in the
brilliant sunshine, nervously awaiting the guests that would steer their lives
for the next two weeks of charter. The stewardess caught the eye of the chef and
smiled; they loved every moment outside in this paradise. That was when she saw
them. She would never forget the first glimpse of the most beautiful family she
had ever laid eyes on. Four perfectly put together characters. The mother,
lovingly carrying her picture perfect baby girl, could have just stepped off
vogue’s latest cover shoot. Father and son held hands and commanded attention
with smart outfits and stunning good looks. The stewardess served champagne and
freshly squeezed orange juice in the vessel’s finest crystal while the crew was
formally introduced. She couldn’t help but feel envious of this seemingly
perfect life being paraded before her. Surely these must be the luckiest people
in the world. As the yacht left the port the parents hastily passed over the
children to their nanny. The children meals were staggered with the adults and
they acted out regularly with no one to discipline them. The little ones did not
see their parents for the remainder of the trip. The parents had their best
friends join them. Another gorgeous couple arrived. The chef, a culinary genius,
prepared cuisine so esthetically pleasing and fragrant it was with great pride
the stewardess placed these dishes before the guests. She watched the women
hardly taste their food and would later become privy to the great lengths taken
to ensure it did not stay in their bodies long. The team of stewardesses worked
hard day and night to make certain every last detail of the boat was immaculate
and the ambiance pleasing. The deck crew worked diligently to see the vessel’s
exterior impeccable, however it was Mother Nature that set a most perfect stage
for the guest’s vacation. Each day seemed more exquisite than the last. The
guests regularly took the small boat in to shore to shop. No single piece of
clothing was worn more than once and a new outfit was worn for every meal and
activity. On board they spent the days tanning, often sleeping. As the evening
approached the tension would build around the night’s plans. The top clubs were
sought out. One evening a private party was to take place at such a nightclub
and the guests became fixated on attending. They made angry phone calls, yelled
at the crew and called the captain names in outrage because they could not get
an invitation. The sun was setting, painting the sky a rainbow of pink and
orange, as the luxury motor yacht cruised along the French Riviera; everyone on
board was miserable.
With more money than most of the world could ever
imagine, these children are without life’s most fundamental things that money
cannot buy: family and love. The young girl and boy are left to their own
devices, reliant on a paid employee to provide them the care that should be
given by a mother and father. They have learned at a young age the importance of
appearances as shown by their exceptional behavior during the boarding of the
yacht. If they are to follow the example of their parents they will also
prioritize appearance over their own health. Body image is so crucial to this
family and their friends that jeopardizing the nutritional benefit of food in
order to eliminate it from the body is common practice. The admired outfits worn
by the wealthy family are the result of interminable buying. This insatiable
desire for material possessions is marked by the endless exhibition of shopping
bags and attire. After wearing the new apparel for a few hours these goods,
bought with excitement, are left crumpled up in a corner never to be looked at
again. This lack of appreciation is present in every aspect of this trip and,
one would assume, the guests lives. The finest food made with the freshest local
ingredients was disregarded. The luxurious yacht accommodations, detailed and
decorated with tremendous care, were of no interest. Most notably, the guests
were indifferent to the breathtaking surroundings. A vacation on a luxury motor
yacht with the guest’s best friends, complete with every comfort imaginable and
a crew of attendants, resulted only in a preoccupation with getting off the boat
to attend parties with strangers. These behaviors displayed a lack of
appreciation for both the finer things in life and life’s simple pleasures.
Unlike many people in underdeveloped countries the western world’s working class
is neither hungry nor homeless. People are treated for the most part fairly.
Opportunity is endless. This is commonly accepted. There is also a common belief
prevalent in this society that having more money would, in many ways, make life
richer. It is only upon close inspection it is proven untrue. The wealthy often
opt to have children raised by a nanny. The income of middle class society does
not afford such a luxury and therefore parents are forced to rear children.
Consequently, families develop strong relationships based on love and care. More
emphasis is placed on how a person lives life as opposed to how the life is
perceived. Eating healthy, exercising and not being wasteful are priorities.
Food is valued and finer cuisine savored. People work hard and learn from a
young age there is value attached to things and one must work for the things
they need and desire. Possessions are appreciated as a person has worked for
them. A middle class person is able to travel. The destination, before even
seen, is meaningful considering the hard work and sacrifices made to get there.
The scenery, most certainly, will be cherished. The middle class have access to
and enjoy some of the finer things in life while also appreciating the simple
things that are what really makes life worth living.
The seemingly charmed
life of exorbitant wealth is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It looks like a loving
family able to travel to the most beautiful places imaginable all in the lap of
luxury. With no thought of what really matters, greed prevails. The ease of life
breeds ungratefulness. Those living in a middle class society have the most
favorable of circumstances. Family values and opportunity exist with the ability
to appreciate what is meaningful and even what is not.