"I came to understand the mask that servants have to wear in front of their bosses, the power of money to dehumanize human relations. As with this I sensed the deeper manifestations of false superiority that this society encourages (through the institution of class), the repression of feelings, the distance within nuclear families which the good life and materialism were supposed to decrease. I saw that power based on wealth crippled people in the most human ways, that the sugared rationalization that the money wouldn't get the best of them was a myth. The accumulation of wealth led to more complex lives and then to a desire to simplify. And to a selfishness that comes from the fear of losing all that one has worked so hard for or been given."
Jim Goldberg. Rich and Poor. New York: Random House, 1985.