Does too much money corrupt?

Dear Rich Bitch, I’ve been thinking, does too much money corrupt a person ? Look at the lives of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. They have done drugs, caused accidents, spoiled their lives because they have plenty of money. Is it because they have a lot of money and don’t know what to do with it ? Wondergirl

Dear Wondergirl, it is not my personal opinion that having too much money was the cause of all the wild, unruly behavior on the part of Paris Hilton or Britney Spears in the past. I believe that these two girls, or rather women (they are both closer to 30 than 20) simply needed attention. In that way they are no different from any other person who acts out to get attention. Paris and Britney just happen to be rich and famous so the consequences of their acting out gets reported on national news, whereas the mass media couldn’t care less about the girls behaving badly in the boondocks. Many more girls go out without panties than you might think. They just won’t admit it now that Paris and Britney have made it so that wearing no panties in public is makes you a disgrace to yourself and all women.

As to the question of whether or not money corrupts a person, I imagine that money could easily corrupt a person, but I think it would be easier for money to corrupt people who didn’t always have money than people who grew up rich.

If you haven’t always had money then suddenly finding yourself in possession of millions of dollars would hardly be something you could handle without certain emotions taking hold of you. Greed for material things would certainly become an issue for most people in that situation. Statistics show that most poor people who win millions in the lottery end up poor again before too long because they spend off all the money. Between greed and fear and all the dark emotions that rise to the surface when someone who has had no money all their life suddenly comes into a fortune, it’s not difficult to imagine how such a person could become corrupted by having too much money.

Paris Hilton and Britney Spears both appear to have a healthy relationship with money. They love to spend it, but they also love to earn it. Particularly in the case of Paris Hilton who has numerous business ventures, there seems to be an understanding about money of which many poor people who suddenly come into millions don’t necessarily appreciate the importance: you need twice or three times as much money coming in for what you have going out.

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