So in yesterday’s post, we explored some of the most prevalent mind viruses about money and success. And I shared how I can predict the success or failure of pop culture entertainment, by how many negative and limiting beliefs it panders to.
As a rule, about 60% of the audience members in my keynote speeches gasp when I tell them that the more they loved the movie Titanic – the the more anti-prosperity beliefs they have. They believe they were emotionally touched by the movie because it’s a beautiful love story. Seriously? You do know the goddamned ship sinks and almost everyone dies, right?
You don’t love Titanic because it’s a love story. You allowed yourself to be emotionally manipulated into believing that. But that is not where the connection with Titanic, Avatar, or television shows like Succession really comes from.
You become enamored with these stories because of the cruel, demeaning, and negative way they portray wealthy and successful people.
We love books, plays, operas, television shows, and blockbuster movies that allow us to hate rich people. We love the story of the little guy, fighting the forces of evil. Because as we watch those stories, we can insert ourselves in the place of the protagonist, and view ourselves as the noble, spiritual warrior.
But if you really want to blow up all the negative motherfucking beliefs you have about money, success and wealthy people – you better learn the payoffs you’re getting from believing in this ridiculous shit. Which leads us to the question of the moment…
WHY Do We LOVE to HATE Rich People?
Because doing so gives us an excuse for our own failures and absolves us of personal responsibility.
The second I shut off Succession was when the patriarch slapped his grandson. This was the culmination in a plot line about the kid’s separated parents fighting over how to raise him, because of course they were trying to squeeze in parenting between their money-grubbing, back-stabbing, pursuit of wealth at all costs. People love scenes like that because then they can tell themselves, “You see, you have to be a bad parent to become successful. I’m sure glad I’m one of the noble poor people, because that means I’m a good mommy (daddy).”
We love to see evil companies in Alien, Avatar and Mr. Robot because it feeds the mind virus that to become successful in business – you have to rape, pillage and plunder the environment, and exploit innocent people. Then we can tell ourselves, “That’s why my business failed. I wasn’t willing to hurt people and sell my soul.”
On a singular level, we love to hate characters like Logan Roy and JR Ewing because then we can tell ourselves, “Obviously rich people are evil. I sure am glad I’m one of the noble, spiritual, good-hearted poor people.” Or as Peter Parker’s uncle tells him in the original Spiderman movie that started the franchise, “We may not be rich. But at least we’re honest.”
Think how many times you were probably told that, or something similar, in your formative years…
If you’re like about 6 billion other people, you have probably adopted a foundational belief system like this:
Money = Evil
Poor = Spiritual
Successful = Bad Parent
Struggling = Noble
And that boys and girls, is why you love to hate rich people. It helps hide all of your insecurities, fears and low self-esteem. You can tell yourself that your limitations and failures are really badges of honor, demonstrating what a superior human being you are.
And it’s bullshit like this that keeps you broke, sick and miserable. Which is what we’ll explore in the next post…
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