In a previous post, I posited that it was the ruling class that gamed systems for their own personal benefit – often at the expense of the regular working class. Over the serf class. However, I felt it worth expanding upon, because the immediate question anyone reading that post would ask is a simple, yet very pertinent one;
“Why would they do that?”
It’s a very good question, because to think that a ruling class treads down the lower class for the simple motivation of enriching themselves and oppressing others is the dunderheaded way of doing so. Why go to all the trouble of becoming a public figure when they could simply start a business and enrich themselves from the toil of others? Why go to the bother of appealing to voters?
Forget for a moment that we’re also in an era where any position can be justified if you have a sycophantic media who can paint you as a hero, while excluding any wrongdoing on your part from their coverage.
But why? Why would these people become public figures if their intent isn’t to benefit the public? What motivates someone who is already wealthy to getting even more wealth? Surely the easiest thing for them to do is to lay back and let the interest from immense wealth flow in?
So, if you’ll allow me to play armchair-psychologist for a moment, stroking my pitiful beard and swirling a tumbler of the very cognac that very likely lead to my brain being mush, I offer you an answer based upon my qualifications from the college of Bottom Shelf VSOP.
The pursuit of an enduring legacy. They want the metaphoric immortality.
When you know that you and the DNA offspring you leave behind will experience precisely no risk of destitution, and you are free to live a life of leisure if you so wish, then I would imagine that the notion of being forgotten after a mere generation is one that would shake those narcissistic enough to even want to become a public figure. Those in the spotlight crave relevance, and the only way to maintain relevance is to leave a legacy. A legend. One that survives you and your own children, and even your grandchildren.
Becoming a legend requires bravery, tenacity and the overcoming of terrible odds. How can the powerful attain these three, considering that they face no hardship, can pay for things readily, and have the odds stacked in their favour?
Easy. By arguing with people they can smear as a threat. Even better, if they can argue with other powerful people on the pretence of defending the vulnerable. Of course, it helps if you have the media assist with the theatre of it all. I cannot escape the feeling that this is all a game to them.
This explains how Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump, reportedly with a net worth of $120 million and $3.1 billion respectively, can profess to stand up for vulnerable people while treating them like a political football. Depending on your biases, you would see either one of those people as “genuine”, however I have little faith in both of them equally. Should the political winds change, they will shift their vanes to point to the next issue du-jour.
For those who don’t need to work for the act of mere survival, Legacy motivates. Not benevolence.
This would be my hypothesis for why those wealthy and narcissistic enough to feel the need to become public figures. This is what makes them even want to dabble in matters that are very real to regular people, but are simply mere talking points for them. I have zero faith that pop stars care much for the homeless, as evidenced by their enormous (and largely empty) mansions with perimeter walls. I have zero faith that late night talk show hosts who decry the USA’s Second Amendment speak with honesty while their own personal bodyguards pack heat. I sincerely doubt singers care much for carbon emissions while they gallivant around the globe in private jets.
It’s all for the perception of the good they do in order to achieve their immortality.
Of course, this is not to suggest that it’s the wealthy alone, but rather that blend of wealth, power and almost psychopathic belief that they know what’s right for the commoners. They will play the game of those in power, not to better peoples’ lives, but because they are competing with others in that pursuit of immortality.
Immortality is worthy to the likes of Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin, and the Tiananmen Tank Man. They stood up to actual tyrannical laws and powers and risked grievous harm and threats to their personal safety. And they weren’t wealthy people, from what I understand.
They will have what no one with actual power can.