Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Meaning of "Rich"

I'm currently reading Grapes of Wrath (in an effort to go back and read all the works of literature I probably should have read throughout high school and college) and I stumbled across a fantastic passage that really makes you stop and think:

The preacher smiled, and he looked puzzled. He splashed a floating water bug away with his hand. "If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it 'cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he's poor in hisself, there ain't no million acres gonna make him feel rich, an' maybe he's disappointed that nothin' he can do'll make him feel rich—not rich like Mis' Wilson was when she give her tent when Grampa died. I ain't tryin' to preach no sermon, but I never seen nobody that's busy as a prairie dog collectin' stuff that wasn't disappointed."

As they say, money doesn't buy happiness. And John Steinbeck understood that long before the phrase became popular.