Monday, November 27, 2006

Filthy Lucre

Touching story -- I almost wept -- in the NYTimes about how a "physician-scientist” named Robert H. Glassman, after a decade in private medical practice, decided he wasn't getting rich fast enough, so he left his medical practice and signed on as a medical consultant with a Wall Street investment firm. Now he's a multi-millionaire and ever so much more satisfied with himself. He says he's maybe 10 times less smart than some of his Harvard classmates but many times richer.

Yes, Virginia, the rich have no souls.

"The nation lacks enough doctors in family practice, where the median income last year was $161,000." Family practitioners? Peasants!

"It was not our goal to create masters of the universe," said James Aisner, a spokesman for Harvard Business School. "It was to train people to do useful work." Quaint. Feeling a little guilty are we, Harvard Business School? Talk to the hand!

Who said this: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Who said that wasn't any of those new "masters of the universe" being created and promoted in George W. Bush's America and denied by the Harvard Business School. No, it wasn't.

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