Rich People Just Care Less
By DANIEL GOLEMAN
October 5, 2013, 2:25 pm
This article goes into depth about an issue that is not only a problem in the United States, but a problem in the world. The problem is that the wealthier people become the greater the distance between the upper class and middle/lower class becomes. Wealthier will see themselves as higher individuals and react a certain way when in the presence of someone of lower status. It is something that cannot be prevented because almost everyone has felt this way at least once in their life. Whether you are the one boosting or you are the one being treated unfairly, the effect is there. In the research by social psychologists from the University of Amsterdam and the UC Berkeley, strangers shared difficulties they had in life with each other. The results showed that the more powerful showed less compassion for the less fortunate. Dacher Kelter, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley states that we focus the most on those we value most. People of high status will tend to the needs of their equals, but people of lower status do so more easily. “Social distance makes it all the easier to focus on small differences between groups and to put a negative spin on the ways of others and a positive spin on our own.” Although the gap between the rich and poor is not beneficial to the US as a whole, it has brought people together for common causes. Groups are formed and people are able to voice their opinions.
Treat others the way you want to be treated was something I always lived by and continue to do so. So when it comes down to whether rich people should treat poor people differently, my answer is no. But I always try to observe the situation from a different point of view. Rich people are rich because they worked hard for everything they have. They’ve sacrificed to be where they are. They see the poor as people who have not sacrificed enough to be seen as equals. They see the poor as...