I’m puzzled by this piece you’ve written, Jonas. Like you, I’ve lived among affluent people my whole life; the only difference being that I grew up wealthy, too. I also grew up playing tennis while my parents played golf (yes, we did belong to an exclusive country club).
However, growing up, I didn’t know one single person that “worshipped money,” nor anyone who was “obsessing on it, selling their souls for it, and manipulating it into their hands.” The wealthy people I knew became lawyers, doctors, CPAs, writers, producers and directors because they studied hard in school to become accomplished,which gave them a good sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Not only that, but they added meaning to their lives by taking part in contributing to the world by volunteering time and money to charities.
Presently, I am still living among the affluent; although, it seems to me these younger people with money fit your description more accurately. Perhaps your essay is directed toward the wealthy climbing up the ladder in the 21st century?