He’s got money.”
“They come from a well-to-do family.”
“He’s a man of means.”
It is often difficult to sense the influence that society has upon our way of thinking until certain events transpire and bring them to light. The recent financial meltdown is one of those events. It’s a chance to see how much we have adopted from outside influences. One of the negative values that we have picked up from the society we live in is rating people by their financial success, where money becomes the sole measure of “making it.” It has gotten to the point that for many people, their self-worth is directly tied to their net worth.