Tears in Rain….. Or, Another Glimpse at the World of the Rich

I have spoken a little of the rich before– and I can’t add too much substantively, but maybe something atmospherically…..

I’m a slave, of sorts- I live in fear, as many of you probably do- but I’ve seen things………….

Rich people certainly have their troubles, such as the hedonic limit I talked about, but mostly they are not, as far as I can tell, troubled. They live peacefully, in a cocoon.

The South is, to Hunter Wallace, an occupied territory suffering outrageous indignities. But rich people in the South are if anything more comfortable than rich people in the North, maybe because their money comes from land and commodities and less from hustling and dealing. Charleston has lots of comfortable rich people, including it seems to me a lot of rich Southern hippies.

And yet for all the ease and comfort, it’s not that great being a rich person. Their food is funny. I once got invited to dinner with some rich people, and they all agreed the soup was wonderful because it was creamy, but not too creamy. I tasted a bit, and it was about three times more creamy than anything I had ever eaten in my life. Rich people seem to equate good flavor with high fat content, so high end cooking seems to consist of trying to make things as creamy or buttery as possible.

A rich person’s steak isn’t as good as Outback, which isn’t as good as In-N-Out. But part of the reason I love In-N-Out is I don’t eat there very often, if I did I would get tired of it.

In the opening of “Moby Dick” Melville talks about the pleasure of sleeping in a cold room, and the enjoyment comes from the contrast from being warm under the covers versus the cold room. He says a man who can afford a fire in his room actually doesn’t feel as good, because he doesn’t have the contrast.

The rich spend their lives in a lukewarm bath of nice things, and they don’t have the highs and lows that we do. The lukewarm bath is kept just so by lots and lots of money, but who knows how long the money will last.

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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8 Responses to Tears in Rain….. Or, Another Glimpse at the World of the Rich

  1. Pingback: Tears in Rain….. Or, Another Glimpse at the World of the Rich | Neoreactive

  2. Hizzle says:

    Lawrence Auster had a piece ages ago talking about how the lower and welfare classes live better today than kings of the Middle Ages. It’s true. Bathing was a three or four time annual affair for most of the European kings, dukes, bishops, etc. in the most affluent places. They had servants whose job it was to remove lice and vermin from their bodies. If I want to take five baths a day, while playing classical music on my computer loud enough to hear it in the other room, I can do that.

    Bukowski had a poem that talked about waking up at 2 in the afternoon, with a woman in his bed, and with nothing to do except take a swig of port wine. He called himself and his girl, “Monday’s Millionaires.” It’s true. To stand and drink a glass of water and do nothing is worth centuries of existence, as Buk once said.

  3. Ryu says:

    I’d like to hear more about their psychology. What do they need? What do they want? What do they want for their kids and their future?

    Do not neglect, in your discussions, the legal and power privileges the rich have. They own the legal system. Their money buys power and influence. OJ paid 6 mil and got away with murder. It’s not just about the food they eat or the temperature of their baths. It is what they can get away with, and what we cannot.

    More than anything, Thrashy, I’d like to hear about their security.

    They ***KNOW*** all about income inequality, and the true nature of this country. They know there should be a revolution, like the French or Russian ones. They are waiting for it to come. They’ll fight it hard, with all their $$$, but it is inevitable.

    • -They need to feel important all the time. Most people are put off by obvious ass-kissing, but rich people see it as confirmation that they are important.

      -They want more money. At some point, maybe a billion, you can’t buy any more stuff, but even very rich people can’t buy all they want so they want more.

      -They want to pass their lifestyle on to their children, usually. Sometimes they are alienated from their children and don’t care. They want to live forever and enjoy what they have forever, so they fear death, ill health, and physical disability more than other people.

      -I think OJ got off first because he was black. Other rich people do get off because they have superior defense attorneys. The system is very workable if you can afford the best lawyers and are willing and able to spend a lot. The system is deliberately designed this way.

      -They don’t have, as far as I can tell, very much security. Usually no more than the middle class. Sometimes a gate, or a gate guard. An alarm system. But mostly like the middle class, they rely on distance from the poor and the fact that poor people don’t like to go far from home and don’t feel comfortable in affluent areas. The kind of criminal who specializes in stealing from rich people, like a cat burglar, is very rare I think.

      -People think that as the system collapses people will become less obedient, but I think the opposite is true. People must eat, and unless you have your own source of food, you have to buy it. So you must grovel even more as the economy collapses. Until the breaking point, when the bandits start to roam, economic collapse makes the rich more powerful.

      -As an aside to the security questions, rich people do seem to have guns, even rich liberals. Gun control may have not been a winning issue for liberals for just this reason. A lot of rich liberals may have significant arsenals and may have told their politicians they can talk about gun control for awhile when something happens.

      • Ryu says:

        Thanks! But how rich are the rich you know? Like 1 mil to 20 mill? Or REAL wealth, like 100 million plus? Oprah money.

        I picture security cameras all over the place, guards on call, panic rooms, safes in the house, money hidden. Do they have things like that?

        I thought the rich were smart, that they had to be, in order to protect themselves from the parasites great wealth brings. Fathers telling sons to beware the young gold diggers. Could just be an East coast old money thing.

      • Hizzle says:

        I forget the exact percentage of wealth that is inherited, but a lot rich people aren’t rich because they’re smart. They’re rich because they were born. And (as with royalty) I think a lot of times they have thin bloodlines, because of such rigorous endogamy.

  4. If you want a crass and unscientific crash course on decadence just watch Rocky III. Sylvester Stallone is steeped in Leftist tropes due to his Hollywood career, but his dichotomy about being hungry and showing Mr. T’s character Clubber Lang training hard in a run down gym like Rocky did with Mickey, and then cutting away to Rocky Balboa playing around in a fancy smancy girly gym where girls ignore the weight room and do aerobics and yoga will show you much of what ails the West. The West has been on top for a long time. Much like the Romans they have had it easy as long as they remember. Now that the middle class is dwindling and dying most White people are re-experiencing and rediscovering the insecurity and deprivation that made their ancestors so hard and capable of conquering the World. Hunger is a motivator better than even the best motivation coach. No amount of screaming or prodding can match a growling stomach for making you get up and go for what you want. The hippies were the soft underbelly of a fat rich society where everyone had good high-paying jobs because the rest of the World was bombed out by World War II. It was a ride that looked like it would last forever, and was only crashed by Japan crushing America and then China and Mexico taking that away from them. People describe Hippies as Spoiled Brats who never grew up, and this is mostly true. They were also the first generation of Americans deprived of God and fed the BS story of how those poor niggers and inferior brown Turd World gutter trash were poor because we stole their non-existent wealth and we owed them something. Now that Whites are being obviously discriminated against and see these rancid retards living high on them while insulting them and getting fat doing nothing, the system is toast.

    • bomag says:

      Now that the middle class is dwindling and dying most White people are re-experiencing and rediscovering the insecurity and deprivation that made their ancestors so hard and capable of conquering the World. Hunger is a motivator better than even the best motivation coach.

      Nah, the machine world is giving us more and cheaper stuff than ever before. The middle class wants to give itself away in hopes of somebody liking them. From the book of Matthew in a soon to be released edition: “Obama answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have cred in the Cathedral. Then come, follow me.”

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