The best reason not to be rich

The pursuit of money is nothing new. Greed is a cruel mistress which can derail even the purest of people.

Many of us believe that getting more money, more stuff, more security, will make us happy. It’s something to aspire to and will bring us that satisfying ending.

But what happens when you actually get rich? Does it really help you that much?

Well, one thing that happens, is you start to be able to afford things like this:


And it doesn’t become a big deal to spend that much on some disgusting, burst in your mouth fish eggs. You can, so you might as well.

This is why I think being rich can be a really bad thing: you lose your perspective on what is worthwhile in life. Money is something you have which you can fritter away on food which will last a minute or two.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand spending money on food and making sure you have top quality stuff. I would heartily endorse going to a posh restaurant and racking up a big bill on delicious morsels because it is an experience – something to be treasured.

What I don’t get is spending £130 on 50g of slime! It’s grim! It’s not an experience, it’s foolishness!

Maybe this is the bitter me talking. I can’t afford to spend this kind of money on caviar, which I admittedly find disgusting, but it does seem somewhat crazy.

You could use that money for piano or language lessons – at least by the end of them you could probably play chopsticks and say ‘I am well thank you’ in mandarin…

Also, if you’re not crazy rich, you can marvel at what the rich do spend their money on. Sometimes it’s nice to see things from that vantage point because you don’t become numb to its allure. It’s still new, interesting and you feel like a king if you ever buy them, rather than actually being a disenchanted monarch who sips Dom perignon from a crystal glass because your family goblet is currently stuck in a museum somewhere.