Those the gods want to destroy they make almost rich. That's easy to do in America where embedded in the U.S. version of capitalism is the hunger for more. There will always be colleagues, enemies, and friends earning more, possessing more, and on their way to even more more more.
Clearly, the chase after more puts even the most talented and seemingly stable off-balance. Like characters from Shakespeare (e.g. Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth), they can become consumed by how they deserve more. Their ways of attempting to get that and/or their despair when not attaining their goal become the chronicles of many current tragedies.
The media interpreted Rajat Gupta's ham-handed insider trading as generated by his financial discontent. He was only a millionaire. And after all that hard work. Hedge fund managers and the Millennials in Startup Valley were billionaires.
Then there are the seasoned associates at law firms who make it to their sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth year. They anticipated being in the million-dollar pay range. Then they were knocked out of the box. So few recover the drive to make a go at another career path. Instead they replay what they could have done differently in the past that would have ensured becoming partners.
The current special issue on the financial meltdown and its continuing consequences of BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK records the emotional and financial limbo of the almost rich. They had gone to Wharton Business School, invested in Las Vegas real estate, and grabbed jobs on Wall Street. Then the gods had their way with them.