I could not sleep last night. No, I was not worried about the end of time...
Myriad unrelated thoughts raged through my mind, none of which helped me to nod off. At some point, I began to wonder what drives humans to pursue wealth beyond what they need. I think I experienced a eureka moment.
Evolutionary scientists have proven that human life has no meaning. (Sorry, to those of you that have missed this tidbit). Our only purpose is to reproduce. We are born and we die, but in between we must keep busy. To this end, humans have devised all sorts of activities (I won't list or rate these!)
Money serves a special purpose: it gives meaning. It provides a way to measure achievement. Acquiring wealth becomes a purpose in its own right. That is why people will go to any length to get money: work, crime, cheating on taxes, gambling, credit card debt, etc.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.