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Why You Love to Hate Rich People

Posted By: Randy GageDecember 29, 2019

Audience members in my seminars gasp when I tell them that the movie Titanic is the most malevolent film ever made.  The movie is a favorite to many, and they believe they were emotionally touched by the movie because it’s a beautiful love story.  They’re shocked when I tell them that the more they loved the movie – the more anti-prosperity beliefs they have. 

You don’t love Titanic because it’s a love story.  You allowed yourself to be emotionally manipulated into believing that.  But that is not where the connection really comes from.  The emotional connect comes first, from another extremely prevalent meme – unrequited love.  This is one of those mind viruses that has been passed down generations for literally Millenia.   (And another of those memes in your subconscious that can cause you to self-sabotage your prosperity.)

The unrequited love meme is so powerful because it is fueled by the “I’m not worthy” belief so commonly perpetuated by organized religion.  Being unable to share life with the one you love is the ultimate sacrifice and demonstration of unworthiness.  You might be thinking I couldn’t possibly be suggesting you may have blown up your relationships or marriage because you are infected with the unrequited love mind virus.  But that’s actually quite possible.  (More about that later, when we get to the “hero’s journey” meme.)   Some prime examples in literature:

Love Story

Tosca

Wuthering Heights

Don Quixote

The Sun Also Rises

Cyrano de Bergerac

Gone With the Wind

Madame Butterfly

Les Misérables

Romeo and Juliet

The Great Gatsby

And we haven’t even touched Eowyn and Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, Laurie and Jo in Little Women, Stevens and Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day, Olivia and Orsino, in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, poor Quasimodo in Notre-Dame de Paris, Jacob and Bella in The Twilight Saga, and Severus Snape and Lily Evans-Potter in Harry Potter.  Not to mention Rey getting only one kiss before losing Kylo Ren/Ben Skywalker to the Force energy forever.  Even the goddamned Peanuts comic strip is dripping with this tragic meme. (Charlie Brown loves the Little Red-Haired Girl, Peppermint Patty loves Charlie, Sally loves Linus, but Linus loves his teacher, and Lucy loves Schroeder, who loves…only to play Beethoven!)

But the timeless unrequited love trope is just the tip of the iceberg why millions of people adore Titanic.  The other reason is virtually every scene of the movie, level upon level, upon level, upon level, is drenched with negative subliminal memes about money and rich people.

The first scene opens with Bohemian vagabond Jack Dawson.  Now why is Jack so happy?  Because he’s broke.  A guy like him doesn’t have to worry about the Bentley getting a flat, the butler calling in sick, or the high cost of private jet maintenance.  He has nothing to lose, just lives in the moment and is rewarding by winning the cruise in a card game.  What’s the subliminal message?  Poor people are happy go lucky.

Scene two we meet Rose.  Rose is definitely not happy, she’s fucking miserable.  Why?  Because her mom has arranged a marriage for her to Cal Hockley, an abusive and controlling jerk, who is an heir to his daddy’s steel fortune.  What’s the subliminal message?  You sell your soul for money.

Remember the scene in the first-class dining room?  Miserable Rose is trapped with all of the boring society people at mealtime.  There are brandy snifters, cigars, champagne, and people who know how to use the fourth oyster fork on the left.  As the pompous, wealthy people blather on, Rose is picturing her future life of desperation.  What’s the subliminal message?  Rich people are no fun at all.

Then Jack takes Rose down to third class, where they know how to party!  (Notice it couldn’t even be second class.  It had to be third. The Titanic era equivalent of Spirit Airlines.) Down there, people are joyous and content, singing and dancing, living life to the fullest.  What’s the subliminal message?  Poor people are a lot of fun to be around.

Then the ship hits an iceberg and what happens next?

The poor people are literally chained up in the bowels of the ship, while the rich people row off into the sunset. Those same rich people were fighting to get into lifeboats, and Cal steals a baby trying to get in and edge out a woman.  What’s the subliminal message?  Rich people are despicable, heartless animals.

Fast forward 84 years... 

Rose is now 101 and being taken care of by her granddaughter.  She still has the invaluable blue diamond that Cal gifted her.  She could give it to her hard-working granddaughter and set her up for life, but what does she do?  She feeds it to the goddamned sharks.  What’s the subliminal message?  If you’re wealthy, you should just stick your head in an oven.

Level after level, after level, after level, you are brainwashed with negative mind viruses on money and wealthy people.  And that’s why Titanic became the highest grossing movie since the earth’s crust cooled.

Until Cameron made his next masterpiece, Avatar.  Which eventually overtook the worldwide gross of Titanic.  And what pray tell, was the plot line of Avatar?

The wicked, gluttonous corporation that travels to the lush world of Pandora, where they intend to drive off or exterminate the native Na'vi people, to plunder the valuable natural resources.  Just to make the memes perfect, the protagonist Jake Sully is a paraplegic in a wheelchair, and we learn that a spinal injury like his can be fixed with “enough money.”  So as long as he is willing to sell out the Na’vi, he’ll be able to walk again.  The plot meets the exact formula to become a smash pop culture phenomenon. (Which it did.)  The monster (in this case the Marines) are killing off the cast, in an enclosed community (the world of Pandora), so a greedy corporation can make more money.

And for you guys who read the last post, give yourself bonus points if you realized that Avatar is the same exact movie as Alien, Jaws, and Jurassic Park...

We love fairy tales, books, plays, operas, television shows, and blockbuster movies that allow us to hate rich people.  Because doing so gives us an excuse for our own failures and absolves us of personal responsibility.

The second I shut off Succession was when the patriarch slapped his grandson.  This was the culmination in a plot line about the kid’s separated parents fighting over how to raise him, because of course they were trying to squeeze in parenting between their money-grubbing, back-stabbing, pursuit of wealth at all costs.  People love scenes like that because then they can tell themselves, “You see, you have to be a bad parent to become successful.  I’m sure glad I’m one of the noble poor people, because that means I’m a good mommy (daddy).”

We love to see diabolical companies in stories like Alien, Avatar, and Mr. Robot, because it feeds the mind virus that to become successful in business – you have to rape, pillage and plunder the environment, and/or exploit innocent people.  Then we can tell ourselves, “No wonder my business failed (I didn’t get that job, I didn’t get promoted). I wasn’t willing to hurt people and sell my soul.”

And that’s why you love to hate rich people... 

(P.S. Even if you are one of them.  Just fuels more self-hate.) It helps hide all of your insecurities, fears, and low self-esteem.  You can tell yourself that your limitations and failures are really badges of honor, demonstrating what a loftier human being you are.

The crushing side effect is that you decimate your self-esteem, stop dreaming big, and settle for a life of mediocrity.  And the datasphere gives you all the raw material you need to do that and remain a victim your entire life.  You probably work furiously to become prosperous on your conscious level but undercut your own efforts because of your subconscious self-sabotage programming.

But we have one more timeless universal meme to explore... 

I can’t wait to share it with you on the next post.  Before that, however, please check in below and let me know what you think.

Peace,

- RG

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  • 22 comments on “Why You Love to Hate Rich People”

    1. I subscribe to your blog less than an hour ago and THIS is what you drop on me?! Spectacular truth here! We dine on this stuff 24/7 and then we wonder why our self-talk is so destructive and our mindset is such an obstacle to our dreams.

    2. As a kid who grew up on USSR propaganda, I was saying “amen” to every paragraph above. lol Is it the “rich” who created this super deceptive environment of settling for us all, or is it truly us, individually, who stopped looking for answers and creating our own reality?? I think the answer is pretty clear, especially for those of us who live in the US. We CHOOSE what to believe, and many don’t bother to check the facts and fight for their future. Thanks Randy for the “birds eye view”. You and Art Jonak are two of my favorites in speaking the hard truth about wealth building. Blessings!

    3. Well it is one side of Titanic story, what I can not watch because of this pain. I live currently in Liverpool what is Titanic "birth" place and here is her museum also, where I feel myself really badly.

      Now how I can see this story is that both rich and poor people are prisoners and they are like livestock. No matter where you standing in society if you do not have freedom to go and make your own decisions then you will die no matter what.

      Now Avatar same thing but if you are free alone then you will be killed by aliens or outsiders and you need to be ready work together with nabours again no matter where they living in society. And if you have same enemy then it is helpful when you will find someone from enemy side who sees that freedom is important I mean real freedom.

      Sorry about my spelling mistakes English is not my first language!

    4. I saw you in a live event in NYC sometime in the early 2000s and you explained this Titanic example.

      The thoughts I had back then were
      1 - James Cameron doesn't seem (in his public persona that I know of) to have anti-prosperity issues despite his adeptness at exploiting them to make his movies more appealing to the general public.
      2 - It seemed like you described a formula for creating hits.

      Your previous post described it well: "All you need to determine if a book, TV show, or movie is going to be a breakout hit, is to know whether or not it panders to a majority of people’s limiting beliefs."

      What are the implications of that?

      Is my NOT writing a story about a poor, homeless, eyeglass-wearing, bullied orphan who develops super-powers (and so on...) some anti-prosperity self-sabotage on my part?

      I've had something like 15 years to write it since your event and have your books as reference for all the touchpoints I need to include.
      I wonder about why I didn't do that.

      And is it good or bad (and good or bad for who) that James Cameron creates these hits? A lot of people enjoy them which is why he makes so much money from them. People who enjoyed them and didn't read this post aren't thinking anything negative about the movies or considering the subconscious messaging.

      1. A few things jump out to me about your message: First, yes you did have 15 years to wrote a story. Why not? It can be because you're infected with worthiness memes and are afraid you don't have the talent, it could be you're infected with poverty memes and are afraid of success, or it could be you don't want to write formulaic crap. But great question to ponder...

        I don't think Cameron, or almost any of the creators, have some anti-prosperity agenda. Most are parasitized and spreading the memes unknowingly. They're thinking about the camera angles, lighting, acting, etc., and probably don't spend a second thinking about what the subliminal programming is. You have to be as weird and crazy as I am to do that.

        Yes the people who enjoy all of this kind of entertainment aren't thinking negative about it or considering the subconscious messaging. Because the people in the Matrix never know they're in the Matrix.

    5. Dear Randy,

      I have a very good friend who works as a high end nurse in an elite family in the USA. This family owns private jets, has donated museums, has oil businesses and hotels, etc. Their household consists of butlers, maids, drivers, etc... She told me that she has never met more nicer people than this family and their friends. The family would give humongous salaries and benefits to their employees and even would give prada bags and expensive stuff to employees on Christmas parties and several other events. So this is a far cry from what the movies you mentioned would portray rich people.

      As a broker for high end properties in my place, it would always be the rich people who are the most easy to deal with....

      I just hope the vast majority would realize that those movies that you mentioned are sending them the wrong message. We are so lucky to have you and to have realized that this is so anti prosperity. Looking forward to your other future posts... Will be reading your post till the day I die 🙂 Cheers and more power!

    6. Love your posts. Are comments really necessary - other than to show that we are reading and agreeing? Happy New Year when it comes, or - as we Scots like to say - "Orrabest for 2020"

    7. This is like the icing on the cake. So much of the good stuff. You have been on a roll this week with all of your posts. Over the last two weeks I have stayed away from reading because I don't want to compromise what I am writing about and here you just lay it on. Over and over again. Yesterday you had my mind spinning, today my eyes jumped out of it's sockets with this. Can't wait to read your next book. You got me. This is what I would call: you capsized our life boats and you are telling the world: stop being safe and swim.

        1. he also missed the family man with nicolas cage

          here is the plot

          Jack and Kate, who have been together since college, are at JFK Airport, where Jack is about to leave to take up a twelve-month internship with Barclays in London. Kate fears the separation will be detrimental to their relationship and asks him not to go, but he reassures her, saying their love is strong enough to last, and he flies out.

          Thirteen years later, Jack is now a bachelor living a carefree life as a Wall Street executive in New York City. At work, he is putting together a multi-billion dollar merger and has ordered an emergency meeting on Christmas Day. In his office, on Christmas Eve, he gets a message to contact Kate, but, even though he remembers her, he dismisses it, apparently uninterested.

          On his way home, he is in a convenience store when a young man, Cash, enters claiming to have a winning lottery ticket worth $238, but the store clerk refuses him, saying the ticket is a forgery. Cash pulls out a gun and threatens him, so Jack offers to buy the ticket and Cash eventually agrees. Outside, Jack tries to help Cash, to which he responds by asking Jack if anything is missing from his life. Jack says he has everything he needs, whereupon Cash enigmatically remarks that Jack has brought upon himself what is now going to happen, and walks away. A puzzled Jack returns to his penthouse and sleeps.

          On Christmas Day, Jack wakes up in a suburban New Jersey bedroom with Kate and two children. He rushes out to his condo and office in New York, but both doormen refuse him entrance and do not recognize him. Jack runs out into the street and encounters Cash driving Jack's Ferrari. Although Cash offers to explain what is happening, all he says is a vague reference to "The Organization" and that Jack is getting "a glimpse" that will help him to figure out for himself what it's about.

          Jack slowly realizes that he is living the kind of life he might have had if he had stayed in the United States with Kate as she had asked. He has a modest family life, where he is a car tire salesman for Kate's father and Kate is a non-profit lawyer. Jack's young daughter, Annie, thinks he is an alien but a friendly one and assists him in fitting into his new life. With a few setbacks, Jack begins to succeed, bonding with his children, falling in love with his wife and working hard at his job.

          Taking advantage of a chance meeting when his former boss, chairman Peter Lassiter, comes in to have a tire blowout fixed, he impresses him with his business savvy and Lassiter invites him to his office, where Jack worked in his 'other' life. There, after a short interview, Lassiter offers him a position. While he is excited by the potential salary and other perks, Kate argues that they are very happy and they should be thankful for the life they have.

          Having decided that he now likes this 'other' life, Jack again sees Cash, now a store clerk. He demands to stay in this life, but Cash tells him there is no choice: "a glimpse", by definition, is an impermanent thing. That night, Jack tries to stay awake, but fails and wakes the "next day", Christmas Day, to find himself in his original life. He forgoes closing the acquisition deal to intercept Kate, finding her moving out of a luxury townhouse before flying to Paris. Like Jack, she has focused on her career, and has become a very wealthy corporate lawyer. She had only called him to return a box of his old possessions. He chases after her to the airport and, in an effort to stop her leaving, describes in detail their children and family life he had seen. Intrigued, she eventually agrees to go with him for a coffee. From a distance, they are seen talking inaudibly over their coffees.

    8. Dear Randy, thanks a lot for your food for thought. By the way, what do you think of Billions, Homeland, House of Cards, Breaking Bad etc.? Have a Rich day, Turiya

      1. The only ones I've seen were House of Cards and Billions. I love Billions and am eagerly awaiting the next season. But both shows are riddled with negative memes about money and wealthy people.

        1. So are (riddled) the other two (Homeland and Breaking Bad), but still worth seeing and training ones attitude towards spotting these memes. However highly recommend another one: The Young Pope. Have a rich year, Turiya

    9. I definitely saw through the Titanic, and hated the movie for it. What's your recommendation then? Stop watching? Are there practical steps for protecting one's mind from this virus?

      1. I have some guilty pleasures I watch, even through they're riddled with negative programming. Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and Billions are examples. But I am MINDFUL the whole time, noticing the negative memes so I ca counter-program against them. Others like "Succession" and "The Joker" I find so dark that I bail out. THe entertainment value has to outweigh the soul crushing. Since I'm a writer, that's usually want determines this for me. The dialogue and other writing on shows like Sopranos and Billions is so brilliant I want to stay.

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