22 Dec 2012
G K Chesterton: "The Good Rich Man"..."Mr Mandragon the millionaire, he wouldn't have wine or wife/ He couldn't endure complexity; he lived the simple life...".
And again from G K Chesterton, see here:
And then there is this:
"If prosperity is regarded as the reward of virtue it will be regarded as the symptom of virtue".
23 Dec 2012
The wealthy Leftist 1% have a different threshold for what constitutes "simple living". To them, if they only have one LED TV in the hold of their third yacht in their fifth global home in the Virgin Islands (the others being in southern France, in northern England, on Long Island in New York, and in southern California), they think they are suffering privations.
And, of course, if they give to charities that help the Third World without having done sufficient research to determine whether their money is actually helping anyone, their white Western guilt at being rich is to some degree assuaged.
And finally, they can always fall back on the comfort of knowing that the mere state of Being Leftist ensures Salvation.