Recently, I was with my kid sister when she was having her teeth fixed with braces and the orthodontist said, “you don’t find kids with braces in public schools.” That led to this write up.
I don’t know if there are; but in my over twenty years of living, I am yet to meet a poor man who is suffering from severe depression. Now I am not insinuating that poverty is a cure for the above stated health issue but I think it seems likely to occur among the rich. The poor man has little to keep him apprehensive. They seem easily excited. Look at it this way; what class of people do you see playing bare-chested on draughtboards in public with a drink to savour the moment? What class do you see holding street carnivals at the end of the year, partying away in ecstasy? The rich simply travel out on vacation. It is only the poor you see at beer parlours drinking and socializing while discussing the state of the nation. The rich man on the other hand will go to a Chinese restaurant to unwind or host an exclusive party at a five star hotel where everyone will act corporate and posh. There is definitely no warmth in the rich man’s fun.
Show me a poor man suffering a food allergy and I will show you a groom who proposed without kneeling down. The poor eat nearly anything regardless of the hygiene or nutrition standard and get away with it. If a rich man eats a meal not well made, he will fall ill and the doctor will diagnose food poisoning. Same meal eaten by the poor and it will probably nourish his body.
Now have you also noticed that the poor hardly ever find childbearing an issue? They get married and within six months the woman has conceived. But that is not to say that all rich people find child bearing difficult but it points to the fact that most people seeking fruit of the womb are well to do. If you doubt me, go do your research and revert with your findings. Why do you think we have so many quack pastors? Among other reasons, is the fact that there are so many rich married women desperate to have kids and these wolves in sheep clothing get rich off them. Do you know how much some rich married women pay for prayers in some quarters? Go tell a man who is not sure of the next meal to pay money so you can recommend whatever for him to bear children and watch the look he will give you. Doctors also smile to the bank thanks to some rich clients who are yet to give birth. The doctor (genuine as he is) recommends so many things and the woman on the other end of the table eagerly buys it. Unfortunate!!!! But that is the fate of some rich people.
Now have you also noticed that there are some diseases that seem to afflict only the rich? For example, bipolar disorder. That is a psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme mood swings. It is humorously referred to as the CEO’s disease. That is because majority of its victims are big shots in the business world. What about Parkinson’s disease? All the victims I have heard about are well to do. What about obsessive compulsive disorder? The list goes on. Please I have to state again at this stage that I do not intend to spite anyone but just using this medium to express some life puzzles to which no one has successfully provided a balanced answer.
By no means am I advocating poverty as secret to a worry-free life but I am only just stating that in life, regardless of financial status, there is still something about everyone that can give them cause to lift their head high among people. Money is not necessarily the only criterion by which we should classify ourselves because, regardless of who you are, all men meet at the funeral home in their birthday suit.
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