In 2012 the British actor, comedian and author Stephen J. Fry attempted suicide. In a recent post on his blog, Stephen wrote:
“How can someone so well-off, well-known and successful have depression?” they ask.”
“I have two months to start a book before I go off to Broadway for a run of Twelfth Night there. I can read back that last sentence and see that, bipolar or not, if I’m under treatment and not actually depressed, what the fuck right do I have to be lonely, unhappy or forlorn? I don’t have the right. But there again I don’t have the right not to have those feelings. Feelings are not something to which one does or does not have rights.”
Reading those words reminded me of an article titled “Secret Fears of the Super Rich” that I read in The Atlantic a couple of years ago. One of the ironic gripes of the super-wealthy is that they feel like they have lost the right to complain about anything. The article is insightful and you can read it here online and here in PDF. Estimated read time is 10 minutes.
And in case you are wondering, I’m not depressed. Or super rich 🙂