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One Thing Money Can't Buy: Values

Time and time again, weathly people use their money for nefarious self-serving purposes. To bend the rules, act above the law, and basically buy their way into or out of situations.

Spoiler alert: social commentary ahead.

In pop culture last week, the media ate alive Lori Loughlin, Felicity Hoffman, and dozens of other affluent people across various fields. These figureheads paid upward of $500,000 to get their kids into prestigious colleges or universities, and they were caught. The indictment implicated not just the parents, but admissions counselors and coaches who were bribed with millions along the way.

In this case, these parents definitely felt a sense of entitlement. They thought by using their money, they can fast track their children to elite institutions of higher education, even when these kids don't want to go (except for the parties). They also clearly thought that they wouldn't get caught.

Let's be real, though- this scandal isn't an isolated incident. I'm sure that there are individuals out there who breathed a sigh of relief that they weren't on the rap sheet. And then there are others who are likely bragging to their peers about how “I didn't get caught for admissions bribery x number of years ago! I'm that good.” Admissions bribery has happened, and will continue to happen, as long as there are weathly people in the world.

There is a very, very clear line when an individual know that she/he is doing right or doing wrong. There is no disillusionment when the facts present themselves; If you want more info about this scandal, read this, this, and this.

Where were the values of the parents? Of the admissions counselors? Of the coaches? Of the scam's mastermind? Their values flew out the window.

Having wealth and having good values are not mutually exclusive. But, while good values can lead to wealth accumulation, money itself cannot buy good values. It's important to hold strong to one's values, regardless of one's affluence.


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