Well, just as power corrupts, I can see how extreme wealth could also and am not doubting that there is potential for some withering of compassion when there is such a disconnect from everyday lives. And there definitely are plenty of wealthy people who are miserly and miserable, but there are also plenty of examples of rich people truly using their wealth for good — including Bill and Melinda Gates, President Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, Michael Dell. Mark Zuckerburg has pledged to donate at least half of his wealth in his lifetime. Warren Buffet has pledged to donate 85% of his wealth to the Gates Foundation.

As with most things, experiences color our perceptions so I won’t try to pretend that yours don’t count for anything just because I have different ones. I just believe there are few things where an absolute blanket statement is really applicable.

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