a novel by JOHN GRABOWSKI

Isolated

isolated

One of the reason I wrote Entertaining Welsey Shaw was I wanted to think about and explore how the very rich are different from you and me. But it’s not always a good thing. They find the people they can associate with, circles they can move in, to be extremely limited. Everyone has experienced the simple joy of popping into a coffee shop for a latte or shopping with friends at a mall. The very rich and very famous cannot.

Oh, you may say, understandably, that such people don’t miss such trivialities. Who among us wouldn’t take a fortune even if we could no longer hang out at Chipotle?

Well, one person is Markus Persson. He’s a 36-year-old billionaire, having sold Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.

Since then his world has been pretty…empty.

He says since selling his business he’s had a hard time connecting with people, especially people he can relate to. He can party anywhere, meet anyone, do anything, buy whatever he wants, but he says it’s an empty world.

He tweets: “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.”

And, “I really appreciate all the offers to hang and talk and all. As an introvert, new friends is hard to do even when fine, but it means a lot!”

And, “Found a great girl, but she’s afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.”

That last one might just be one of the biggest differences between the rich and the rest of us: their pool of potential partners is very limited.

We often see celebrities and other super-wealthy and wonder why they hang out with the insufferable people they do, and, after being jilted by one, simply proceed to another.

Sometimes it’s because there aren’t other options. The people in their circle are all alike. Those not in their circle—well, let’s say someone worth a billion dollars (or two-point-five billion) can’t trust most people.

Damned if you do. Damned if you do again.

“The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.”

I’m sure he wouldn’t expect most people to understand.

I realize it may be hard for most people to feel that his life is anything but fabulous, and he should quit complaining. And that’s understandable.

But emptiness is emptiness, no matter how much you have in the bank.

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