Monday, October 20, 2014

A noble crisis

"Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time." - Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 

The above statement is an opinion. And like all opinions, it’s a personal one too. To be fair, it could be true based on the person’s experiences or it could be figmented based on his imagination. Either way, it’s just an opinion. Furthermore, the point he has made is irresistibly sensational. He draws comparisons between being poor and turning rich. As any economist worth his theories would say, the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. No offense to them but i feel times are changing and the poor are only getting online. Rich have long gone out of the moral radar. This transition is what industrial revolution has come down to. Which might have something to do with the not-so-silent explosion of e-tail over the recent past. Does nobility have anything to do with one’s status in the society? Contrary to what we are expected to believe, what makes an individual noble is not his reputation but what he does when he’s confronted with a choice to be selfish. Stretching the word, who exactly is noble? The one thriving on/below the sacred line of poverty with material possession equating material loss? Or someone who has hiked the term possession to a new level just because he can click online?

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