Much ado about Money
Since PopCap sold I’ve grappled with the reality of wealth. Having a bunch of money in the bank hasn’t made life any easier, and in fact, has complicated things quite a bit. Questions of how to invest, spend and manage the money abound, with many people giving advice (some appreciated, some…). In fact, all of society is set to give advice. Buy this, that, or the other thing. A new watch, car, house, or yacht is the answer. With wealth, all of those dreams may come true.
The thing is, having a bunch of money is the best way to show that money doesn’t actually buy happiness, and proves quite the opposite. Wealth works against happiness and fulfillment. The weird thing is, wealthy people don’t speak about this problem. Some feel that it’s uncouth. Some don’t want to come across as whiny. Some hide from the world. Some think more money, power, or success is the obvious answer.
Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson and Johnson fortune, made a documentary titled Born Rich. It wasn’t 100% applicable to the newly rich, or the mildly wealthy, but at least the filmmaker tried to get some things out there. His second movie, The One Percent, deals with the problems of an unbalanced society. But outside of that, there’s not much out there.
One of the goals of the blog is to start getting some of this on the table for conversation and this is the start.