I don't think it really about money - it's about power/authority. And yes, having a billion dollars can give you power/authority. But, there are other things that give you power. Being a doctor, being a pastor, being the boss, controlling the money, sometimes being male (when you can use the excuse of "just a boy being a boy"), sometimes being female (when you can use the excuse of "just being a bitch"), you get the idea I hope.
I'm old. I'm not sure any amount of money would make me more of a horrible person than I already am.
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. -Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)
I haven't watched the show, but I did watch his stand up special, maybe called Prom King or something. It was a long journey through racism and immigration that happened to be funny. I think about it a lot. It was an exceptionally crafted story.
I watched Anthony Jesselnick the next night to clear the thoughtfulness out of my soul and get back to my normal state of selfish assholeness.
We just read Noah's book 'born a crime' for book club.
I thought it was about how he got his job on the Daily Show - but it's about his early life in South Africa, under apartheid, which was crazy.
His mom is absolutely a force of nature, though. A really tough broad in the best sense of the word.