The Perils of Wealth

by Will on September 13, 2010

I spent a lot of time in college studying the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and wrote an essay about his works that is still one of the writings I’m most proud of. For the most part, I think Rousseau’s ideas are very interesting as thought experiments, but that he doesn’t have nearly as many useful suggestions about how to order society as people like John Locke, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, and John Stuart Mill. But one insight he had that I continue to appreciate is that being rich seems like an all-around good thing, but it can have its downsides too. That could be because one’s endeavors keep one too busy to enjoy one’s wealth, or it could be that the freedom from the need to work makes one listless and wont to seek out and create problems and conflicts.

My girlfriend and I took this idea in an absurd direction yesterday, making a ridiculous video:

We had fun making it. I hope someone in the world will find it conducive to reactions other than cringing!

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