There is the phenomenon of the 30k-millionaire, i.e. the guy who barely gets by but who pretends to be a big spender. If you have ever been to an expensive club and seen four or five guys sharing a table with exactly one bottle, that is the kind of guy I am talking about. They want to partake in a lifestyle they cannot afford, and they do not want to admit to themselves that they do not fit into the crowd they would like to be part of. A baller would order a few bottles for $500 each all by himself. The 30k-millionaire needs a few of his friends to chip in just so that they can afford one bottle for the whole night.
Let’s assume a woman is so unobservant that she cannot distinguish between a pretender and a wealthy guy. She walks past the dentist who does not wear flashy clothes, and straight into the arms of some guido who spends more than he makes, and then some. That guy is now happy because his supposed money got him the girl. But what is he supposed to do afterwards? There is a limit to the amount of money he can borrow from the bank, so the charade will fall apart sooner rather than later.
While it is easy to mock people who fit that stereotype, it is not at all uncommon that people spend way above their means. In the country I live in, for instance, the vast number of people live paycheck to paycheck. In your country, it’s probably the same, and if you doubt it, then maybe look up statistics that show the median amount of money people in your country have saved. It will be a surprisingly low number.
Yet, despite the obvious futility of that kind of lifestyle, living above one’s means seems to have an almost irresistible appeal. A particularly egregious example I recently learned about is about a young guy still in his teens. He has a net worth of a few hundred bucks at most, but he was so overjoyed when he got a date that he spent 200 bucks on it. In the end, he got nothing in return. However, even if that woman would have wanted to see him again, he would very quickly have run out of money. Basic arithmetic is a powerful tool. Yet, certainly some people on the left are quick to decry it as a “tool of oppression” if not an “enabler or racism”. However, how hard can it be for those people to realize the folly of their actions?
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