JournalismPakistan.com December 30, 2013
What is it that once upon a time normal every day decent people become rich and then they are experts on every subject. They have only one opinion…theirs. They know how to do everything better than anyone. The others are all idiots but they, because they are the paymasters, are incandescent beacons of brilliance. Every word is a pearl of wisdom. Each comment a flight in philosophy.
They know the arts and sciences, they know finance, banking, IT, politics, you name it they are authorities. They become intolerant, impatient and tedious.
I had a boss once who was a complete twit. But he gave himself fancy designations like those Saturday night despots who wear ten rows of ribbons for misplaced valor and he knew how to make pages, write commentary, give headlines, sub, make captions, create a newspaper all these better than everyone else because it was his money and you could scream at the agony of it but there it was. He won every battle but lost the war.
And you see this around you so often. Overnight wealth brings home-baked overnight wisdom. And with each is an entourage of celluloid dolls nodding agreement and feeding the lie till genius becomes a fact in that person’s mind…look at me, I am so smart, how come everyone else is stupid and cannot understand my lofty thoughts. Am I the only shining light in this room?
In reality, you are the same person with a lot of money, no difference. Probably worse. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the smartest of us all…
You’re paying, buddy, it isn’t anyone but youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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