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Different [Jul. 15th, 2019|09:56 am]
Tony Grist
We were watching Federer walk out onto Centre Court yesterday- and someone had just reminded us how he flies everywhere in his own private jet and how his winnings from sport are only a fraction of what he gets from commercial endorsements and all that sort of thing- and for a moment I had a sense of him moving- almost floating- within a wonderful, cushiony bubble of wealth- able to buy anything he wants and never even having to ask the price- and I wondered what that feels like and if- having lived within that bubble for years- he even knows it's there?

One thing it can't do is win him tennis matches, of course...

"The rich are different" That's Fitzgerald, isn't it? Some of them wear their money with grace- and others live in fear. How unpleasant it must be to feel you can only go out if you have bodyguards walking in step with you, protecting the wall of your bubble from the world- or do you simply stop noticing that the bodyguard thing is not the norm?

I suppose that great wealth- like war- is something you can only really understand if you've lived it.

I should try it sometime...

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-07-15 11:12 am (UTC)
I would say, one way it's a question if one already grew up in that bubble and never got to know anything else in the first place.
Another it's - how long has one already subsisted in this bubble, so that he doesn't remember a different mirocosm?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-15 11:43 am (UTC)
Yes. There must be a difference between those who are born into wealth and those who have made their own money- though the two groups do hang out together.

It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall when, for example, Elton John hob-nobs with the British Royals.
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