Fortunate people often come up with stories and beliefs that justify their own lofty positions in life, looking down on the suffering they could otherwise do something about.
If you have a lot of surplus money, it is your responsibility to spend it well, otherwise you are squandering those resources and other people’s lives. Andrew Carnegie’s quote from a prior era is a bit harsh, but has some truth to it: “The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.”
As Carnegie discovered, there can be a lot of personal fulfilment in spending well.
It is liberating to say what you think and feel, not beholden to what other people say you should think and feel – or to what you think they want to hear.
I wasn’t at my best in an institutionalised setting.