The Plight Of Affluent People

Recently, a good friend of mine sent me a link to a community support site which offers assistance to people from affluent families suffering from various emotional issues.

Yea, I know, in a world where most of us are struggling:  working two or three jobs, barely making ends meet and suffering under Obamacare, why should we concern ourselves with the “plight” of the wealthy?

The upper middle class in America make up the majority of small business employers whom we are employed under. Without them operating in an efficient mental condition, hampered by depression-prone mental illnesses, there is a possibility of an industry-wide trickle-down effect which will rear its ugly head upon the quality of lower tier management. In other words, what goes around comes around.

We, as hard working employees of corporate America deserve and desperately need physically and mentally healthy managers and CEO’s who run the companies we work for.  If there is a discrepancy within the relationship between managers and lower level employees that finds its cause as a less than adequate mental health of those managers responsible for the tasks they issue to their employees then there will be a break down in morale, a drop in production quality leading to poor quality products, moderate to sharp drop off in sales, layoffs and pay cuts.

So, what can be done?  I have posted this article as a way to raise consciousness concerning our fellow affluent citizens. I understand if those of you who are reading this are still not convinced of the serious of the matter I am trying to persuade you of. There is more that I wish to say in order to persuade you of my argument.

Most of the people comprising the wealthiest among us are those who have less of a need to be worried about earning or having enough money. They are not struggling to survive, nor are they overly concerned with their security.  Their income usually originates from one main financial source and due to the higher education that they have achieved they do not need to work very hard to earn that income. Thus, they have more time to devote to, let’s say, appreciation of the arts, fine foods, organizing and sponsoring high level social events which contribute to a greater quality of life. They live very comfortably and still money keeps pouring in from their investments to the point where there tends to be an unequal ratio of extra wealth to what they actually need to support that comfortable lifestyle. And given their capitalistic beliefs that the more wealth you produce the more you should be investing to both expand your business ventures and contribute to charitable organizations, these wealthiest among us become our country’s benefactors and in turn become an indistinguishable and honorable private source of not only wealth but philanthropy.

More than being philanthropic, on a very personal level these wealthiest among us have achieved the second to the last level of Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of Hierarchy of Needs. In brief, Maslow proposed a theory in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” from being concerned with just physically surviving all the way up to involving him or herself in what Thomas Jefferson envisioned as The Pursuit of Happiness.  The Rich, the wealthy or quite simply and succinctly, The Affluent Among Us, although we have assigned to them the stigma of lazy, undeserving, or spoiled–nevertheless no matter what manner of judgement we laud upon them from information we receive from the tabloids–they are higher up on this hierarchy of needs and thus primed and ready to become more conscious human beings.

That is precisely why they seem to be exhibiting such commonplace behavior as being bored, prone to alcoholism and drug abuse which they engage in to dull the pain of the emotional problems they may be experiencing.

The wealthiest among us are in a position to search for deeper meaning in their life. They are looking for something more. They have all of the material things they need to be comfortable and want for nothing. They only thing that they lack, however, is a deeper more satisfying truth which will take them to the next level of their spiritual journey.

From the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid where we are working three jobs, laden with credit card debt, car payments, paying for their kids college education, not being able to save for retirement, while living stressed out lives, eating poorly and at risk life threatening diseases which could end our lives so suddenly, to almost the very pinnacle in which we want for nothing and have more time for ourselves, we are on a spiritual journey.

But, the problem that we have here is that the wealthiest among us, those who have materialistically achieved so much as to loosen their need for concern for it in The Pursuit of Happiness, are in dire straits. Their success at achieving affluence through the creation of successful small businesses who employ so many Americans naturally places them in a position of leadership. We would like to say this about our political leaders who legislate the laws which are used to govern our land and promote a just country to live in but politics, in my opinion, is not as honorable a profession as business. Business being based upon Capitalism promotes self esteem in those individuals who own the means of production, treat their employees fairly without the need of unions and donate their excess wealth through charitable and philanthropic causes.

I welcome your comments as usual



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