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Why are the wealthy often hated AND envied?

  1. Express10 profile image89
    Express10posted 2 years ago

    Why are the wealthy often hated AND envied?


  2. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago


    The majority of people hate & envy the wealthy because the wealthy can do things & have opportunities that they don't & won't ever have.  They also hate the wealthy because they live a charmed life without socioeconomic worries while they have to worry constantly about making ends meet, paying bills, & worrying about  falling through the socioeconomic cracks.  Remember, the majority of people are one-half to three-fourths of a paycheck away from homelessness.  Wealthy people don't have this problem.  In fact, they have monies for the necessities, luxuries, savings, & investments.   The majority hate the fact that there are people who are not constantly struggling socioeconomically but are living a rarified socioeconomic life.

    They also envy & hate the wealthy because the latter are living the life that they dream of.   They deem that wealthy as lucky while they are cursed to a purgatorial fate.  They actually hate themselves & their paltry lifestyle but instead of improving themselves educationally & socioeconomically, they displace their hatred on the rich because they are living a desired life while they are on a constant socioeconomic treadmill which stays the same, with instances that are changing for the worst.  They may even feel that THEY should be the ones who are wealthy.  They figure that if they AREN'T wealthy, why should anyone else be !

    They also hate & envy the wealthy because the latter lead more interesting lives whereas their lives are very monotonous because of their socioeconomic standing.  They feel very constricted because they don't have the money to do as they desire.  They have to live within limits whereas the wealthy can lead unlimited lives because money is simply no object to them.  They see the wealthy as living a completely, boundless lifestyle with the sky being the limit.  They know that because of their socioeconomic condition, they have to live proverbially near the ground.

    They envy, even hate the wealthy because the wealthy have the socioeconomic freedom to pick & choose as they please as opposed to them who must take what is dished out at best or  being satisfied with the crumbs of life.  They know that they are socioeconomic slaves because they don't have sufficient funds.  They exist at the behest of those who hold the socioeconomic strings while those who are wealthy can pull & manipulate the socioeconomic strings.

    1. Zelkiiro profile image94
      Zelkiiroposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      There's also the simple fact that the rich buy out politicians that infest our government and give tax breaks to their wealthy benefactors while screwing the poor over repeatedly. Yeah, that sounds like a good reason for a little bit of vitriol.

  3. Frank Atanacio profile image80
    Frank Atanacioposted 2 years ago

    Are they really hated and envied? I think we want to live in their light and not in their shadows, but hate has to be a strong word. I can digest envy, but why should we envy?  Interesting question my friend smile

    1. Express10 profile image89
      Express10posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Some who candidly share their opinions about the wealthy with me have simultaneously shown hatred & envy of the wealthy. They say they hate so-and-so because she's selfish (untrue) & will say they want the things/money the person they hate ha

  4. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 2 years ago

    Rich people love to show off to friends and relatives that they are rich, afford to waste their money on tours, what is the point to envy and bear grudges?

  5. tirelesstraveler profile image80
    tirelesstravelerposted 2 years ago

    It is a sad state of affairs when you think you have to have money to be interesting or free.  In the past people wanted to be rich so they got to eat regularly.  Today, most people who envy rich people are a product of our society. They are not grateful for what they do have.  Look at what happens in a school where free lunches are given.  Veggies and fruit are tossed in the thrash.
    A friend of mine  works with military kids in Europe. She was visiting last week.  One of the things she loves about those kids.  They are grateful for any loving or small thing they receive.  They are not rich,and  they have no stability, but their grateful for the small things in life.  Kevin,. what the world needs more of is gratitude.

    1. Express10 profile image89
      Express10posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Having seen & worked with kids who received free lunches & their parents, I know FNV can be tossed because their parents can't afford FNV regularly if at all. They have no taste for healthy foods because they have no regular access to them.

    2. tirelesstraveler profile image80
      tirelesstravelerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Is WIC a California program?.  It is only supposed to be used on nutritional food like milk, eggs, and veggies.  Back in the day food stamps only let you buy those foods.  Guess it's not so now..

  6. ketage profile image81
    ketageposted 2 years ago

    Envy comes first, then comes hate because they wish they were in the rich peoples shoes. Often the ones who hate are the ones who feel they deserve what the rich people have. People nowadays seem to have a sense of entitlement and when they don't get what they feel they are entitled to, they start to hate the people who they perceive as having what they should have.

  7. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 21 months ago

    Two emotions:
    * wanting what they have
    * hating them for having what you don't have