Hiding one's wealth can be hypocrisy

After reading Mr Cheng Shoong Tat's letter (Flaunting riches adds to resentment in society; May 18), I congratulate myself that I am not rich.

If I were, what a restrictive life I would have to lead.

I am not to ride in flashy sport cars. I should travel only by buses or walk. I should dress humbly and not reside in magnificent bungalows that may arouse resentment. I can only eat simply.

He did not mention whether it is appropriate for the rich to study in expensive universities, see highly priced medical specialists or go for expensive overseas tours.

Of course, all these would obviously be flagrant flaunting. Only fools would want to be rich!

Perhaps I am also lucky that I am not talented. If I were to exercise my talent, wouldn't that be showing disregard for the "social context of my existence"?

Following that vein, all geniuses should keep a low profile and all outstanding centres of learning should be closed. The sensitivity of the less-talented must be respected.

It seems that it is a crime to be rich, while jealousy of the not-rich is normal and acceptable.

Some have become rich by honest hard work and deserve to enjoy the fruits of their efforts.

Some (yes, some) remain poor and have only themselves to blame.

It is not a crime to be rich and live rich. It is unfortunate to be poor but definitely not a virtue.

The poor need help, but the rich need not be condemned.

Displaying wealth for show is a childish way of flaunting, but hiding one's wealth to appear virtuous is a very subtle form of hypocrisy.

Ee Teck Ee

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