If you think that only refined, high class folks travel by luxury yacht, perhaps the below photo will cause you to review your prejudice. This boat passed in front of our villa on the way to somewhere.
Note the washing flapping in the breeze on the upper deck, a place usually reserved for lounging. I would have thought that such folks would have a clothes dyer.
Is there a right way or a wrong way to live your life? Of course not. Any philosopher worth his or her salt (or any other arbitrary measure) will tell you that there is not such thing as right or wrong. A person should choose to do whatever is legal (or not) and pleases him or her with the available resources for food, shelter, and appropriate branded products.
I have the good fortune to do (mostly) whatever I choose. Given more resources, those choices might be different, but I am content with what I have and what I can do. And, greater resources might lead me to make foolish choices. Winning a large sum of money in a lottery would surely screw up my life. Who needs hassles that come with the pressure to spend money? I prefer to have enough to fulfill my needs, with some left over for the occasional extravaganza. Germans call this the Golden Middle: neither fabulously wealthy nor living in a box under a bridge.
So, what is wrong with the human race? What gene causes the obsession with money? Animals don't seem to have this gene. I can understand basic economic need to provide necessities, but there comes a point where enough tips into too much.
There's a saying: It's not what you know; it's who you know. The corollary with money could be: It's not how much money you have; it's how you got that money. It's hard to imagine why anyone with money would look down their noses at other people with money, but it happens. The worst kind are those that have inherited wealth. They seem to think that being born is somehow superior to toiling, taking entrepreneurial risks, or winning the lottery. Man is a strange animal.
Okay, I like money as much as the next the person, but am not greedy. I have been fortunate enough in life to have live a comfortable life, to have never been in debt and to be able to buy most things I desired (except the Gulfstream V, of course). Languishing in a hospital causes one to consider such foolish issues. It helps to have a comprehensive health insurance, which will pay all the bills.
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.