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Thread started 03/03/12 2:29pm

2freaky4church
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According to scientific study the rich are assholes!

On things like cheating, stealing, cutting off people in traffic, lying, the rich are worse than the rest of us. This is nothing new to my side, but remember that our society loves rich people and we give them too much power over the rest of us. Money is the root of all people and science proves it:

http://news.sciencemag.or...tml?ref=hp

Conservatives, libertarians, conservative democrats, you are pro-asshole! And you wonder why we go after you like we do..lol

Eat The Rich.

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Reply #1 posted 03/03/12 2:45pm

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Reply #2 posted 03/03/12 3:52pm

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I think (and this is a big generalisation) that a lot of rich people get lost in the fantasy thinking that they somehow "deserve" their wealth. "The universe has provided it to me for some grand purpose so don't get in my way" kind of mentality, when in many cases it was a combination of luck, upbringing, inheritance etc. And this then gives them this false attitude that they can treat the rest of us like garbage.

And another factor may also be genetic. I remember a few years ago there was a controversial study that suggested that the % of "psychopaths" (not necessarily the murdering kind, the "official" definition: only thinking of themselves, lacking understanding of empathy, compassion etc.) was much higher among those in CEO positions (I think it was 4%) compared to the rest of the general population (around 1%). I can't remember if that was the exact numbers, but they were something like that. The point being that their psychopathic tendencies gave them more "edge" in the modern market-place.

But of course, not all are like that. I'm sure we all know many loving, compassionate "rich" people.

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Reply #3 posted 03/03/12 4:23pm

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Does being rich make people assholes or does being an asshole make it easier to acquire lots of money. Maybe a bit of both. Anecdotally I know lots of Lovely rich people and come across lots of very poor people who are awful human beings. The opposite is also true. However, I have noticed that since I started working in a very affluent suburb the drivers seem to be far more aggressive and discourteous toward each other.
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Reply #4 posted 03/04/12 1:13pm

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http://www.huffingtonpost..._or_simply

By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish:

One out of every 10 Wall ...psychopath, the CFA Institute (an investment and financial analysis organization) reports in the latest issue of CFA Magazine. That makes psychopathy 10 times more prevalent among New York’s financial elite than among us plebeians, for which the accepted statistic is a more palatable one in 100.

Psychopaths “generally lack empathy and interest in what other people feel or think,” according to the study. “At the same time, they display an abundance of charm, charisma, intelligence, credentials, an unparalleled capacity for…manipulation, and a drive for thrill seeking.” That Wall Street should harbor more than its share of psychopaths, then, will come as no shock to those frustrated by the entitlement and greed of the one percent. The study also shows how easily psychopaths can pass, however, blending into our lives as co-workers, friends and even romantic partners.

Who are the psychopaths in your life? Here are five important questions to ask, and the books to help you answer them.

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Reply #5 posted 03/04/12 1:25pm

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^Yeah, I think that's refering to the same study I was talking about. American Psycho, anyone?? lol



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Reply #6 posted 03/05/12 6:07am

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I've seen my fair share of rich assholes - especially here on Long Island, working in a service-based industry - and the occassional wealthy person who's nice.

I think that if you're old-money, then you are out of touch with reality and can easily fall into the Marie Antoinette mentality. If you're new-money, then you may've had to claw your way to the top and step on other people to get where you are.

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Reply #7 posted 03/05/12 6:30am

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Honestly, like everything in life, there are no real stereotypes. I work exclusively with wealthy people. Granted retired wealthy people. And they are nicer than just about anybody.

I always figured that they were so nice becasue they had nothing to worry about. Not money, not their car's breaking down, just golf.

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Reply #8 posted 03/05/12 6:37am

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V10LETBLUES said:

Honestly, like everything in life, there are no real stereotypes. I work exclusively with wealthy people. Granted retired wealthy people. And they are nicer than just about anybody.

I always figured that they were so nice becasue they had nothing to worry about. Not money, not their car's breaking down, just golf.

The owners of my company are like that. Semi-retired and loving life. Happy as sin.

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Maybe once you get closer to the end of your days, you become happier if you're rich???

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Reply #9 posted 03/05/12 6:52am

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Rich folks know what they want want and are BOLD enough 2 go get it.

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Reply #10 posted 03/05/12 10:52am

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Violetblues, now we know why you think so badly..lol

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Reply #11 posted 03/05/12 5:42pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

Violetblues, now we know why you think so badly..lol

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Coming from you I'll take that as a complement.

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Reply #12 posted 03/05/12 8:26pm

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No, it's about resurrection...
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Reply #13 posted 03/05/12 8:32pm

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Some people can't understand, just being inside a church don't make a righteous man
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Reply #14 posted 03/05/12 9:54pm

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i've met assholes that were rich, poor, and in the middle, people are people. shrug

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Reply #15 posted 03/06/12 2:06am

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No, it's about resurrection...
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