Ungenerosity

2020-04-25

Toward the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown, a few celebrities posted about how hard it was for them to be in quarantine. That didn’t go over well at all. “Oh yeah, it must be so hard to be locked up with your staff in your ten million dollar mansion,” people said. “Why don’t you deal with your isolation by watching a few movies in your literal movie theatre, or relax for a few hours in one of your many natural stone hot tubs?”

And while this is an understandable reaction, it’s an ungenerous one. First of all, we’re talking about some of the most driven and accomplished people on the planet. They’re used to long days where a lot gets done, so of course it’s going to hurt when they have to stop. But more importantly, the fact that you’re in pain doesn’t mean that someone else can’t be feeling pain too, even if they have less reason to be feeling it than you are.

You don’t have to be sympathetic. They have it good. But right now it’s bad everywhere. Rich people can still feel anxiety and trauma. They’re human too, and it’s a tough time to be a human.