Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
That's a big if.
Unfortunately your post is heavily littered with this kind of "if" and plenty of assumptions.
You seem to assume that if a person is rich and successful, he is "evil" (quoting your choice of adjective"), wants to "pollute the world", seeks to play "power games", wants to distract others from helping the poor, is "egocentric" and "less empathetic"..
Clearly you didn't read very carefully what I wrote. Those were examples. I do not think and have not claimed that all rich people are evil. You pointed out that they can do more good than others. I pointed out that this is based solely on their greater power. When someone has power, this person can do more good and more evil than others. Rich people can do either good or bad things with their power. A lot of them are very selfish and don't care about contributing much to others. As I pointed out, rich people are generally more self-centered and less empathetic than poor people. This is the result of scientific research.
"This is as illogical as assuming that if a person has a perfect body, she suffers from eating disorders."
I have not assumed such things. You seem to have assumed a lot concerning my opinions.
Of course being rich doesn't inevitably make a person less empathetic. But, statistically
, it does. The rich are generally
less empathetic than the poor. (Reading about these research results actually surprised myself because I know that there are many horrible fates among the very poor and I would assume
that people who have horrible childhoods would more prone to becoming narcissists, sociopaths, criminals and the like.)