Money and class

I remember first reading the quote “Money doesn’t buy class” more than a decade ago. It was one of those ideas that I thought I understood.

But I didn’t. I hadn’t interacted with folks with a lot of money up until then.

Over the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to interact, meet, and get to know – directly and indirectly – people with vast amounts of wealth. And I have come to realize that wealth doesn’t correlate with class. Not one bit.

Wealth simply amplifies what already existed. If there was goodness, wealth brought out a lot of it. If there was insecurity, wealth made sure you could never miss it. And an absence of class stayed as is – regardless of the number of zeros in a bank account.

Money does not and cannot buy class.

Class is earned by emotional awareness and actions that don’t correlate with the accumulation of wealth.