“Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.” – Edna Ferber
Do you agree with this statement on excess?
Of course too much is as bad as too little!
Too much love becomes obsession, too much sympathy becomes pity, too much caring disempowers its recipient, too much choice only leads to confusion…
And half the problems in this ridiculous world are caused by those who have far too much in the way of financial clout, and hang onto it like grim death – presumably so that they can be snap-frozen until a cure is found for cancer/heart disease/old age or whatever else carried them off, then thawed out and fixed up to go and do it all again, still with a bit in the bank. And meanwhile those who’d like a bite to eat in this life, occasionally, can sing for it.
Not everyone who has more than they need is like this, obviously. Many of them use their ‘too much’ to help those who have too little. They don’t lead OTT lifestyles and indulge in the splashy excesses so beloved of their less moderate peers. I respect and admire them enormously. May they go on amassing too much forever.
But for the others – I can only think that some chemical change takes place in their brains. They seem to lose all sense of proportion – and perhaps that’s not surprising. They attract those falling over themselves to kowtow and grovel to all that wealth – presumably in the hope that some of it will rub off – and thus become gradually isolated from ‘normality’ until the very thought of returning to it is enough to bring them out in a cold sweat. So they use their money to ensure that they never lose it. They organise the world in their favour. They have become the modern aristocracy.
Inequality has always existed and always will. We are all born equal – naked and (hopefully) squalling – but we’re born with different talents and different abilities, and thank goodness for that. Otherwise, society would be like a boat with all its passengers on one side, and duly capsize. But modern society, it seems to me, is wilfully turning its back on the lessons of history: if an aristocracy of any sort, be it wealth or birth, insists on widening the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, it’s asking for trouble. If it gorges itself on power, congratulates itself on its acumen and deludes itself that ‘opportunity’ hasn’t become a pretty word bandied about over cigars and cognac, the peasants will one day revolt. And that’s not communism, it’s common sense. Too much in the hands of too few means too many have too little.
Mrs Wallis Simpson is quoted as saying ‘You can never be too rich or too thin’. There spoke a woman who had no idea.