I had another spiritually relevant post planned, but instead I’m going to take a minor digression into the wonderful world of dead rich wackjobs.
I mean, what the fuck? $12 million dollar trust fund for a DOG? Granted, a beloved pet does need to be provided for upon the occaision of its owner’s death, but…$12 million? More than for any other recipient of her fortune?
Doris Duke left only $100,000 to care for 4 dogs…in 1993. I’m quite sure inflation and cost-of-living hasn’t increased that much!
Brings to mind that age-old conversational piece: if you had a billion dollars/won the lottery/inherited from a long-lost ancestor, what would you do with the money?
Myself: well naturally, I’d pay off my debts, of which I have a substantial amount (Student Loans, Car, Credit Cards, you get my drift), as well as those of my loved ones. Then I’d buy a small home (small, mind you! none of the foolish supersized nonsense for me) and a small watercraft such as a sailboat.
I would not quit my job. Unless you’ve got a HUGE fortune, money dries up quickly, especially with taxes.
As for my charitiable contributions, I would invest in regional Art associations and foundations, and establish my own, a dream I’ve had for a few years now, since I graduated.: “The New England Institute of Metal Arts,” which would provide grants and residencies for emerging and
established artisians and designers, as well as a museum for historic collections and a gallery for the display and sale of contemporary works. I concieve it as being an educational and professional resourse for all those interested in the metal arts, with a library and rentable studios, and a summertime concourse for vendors to sell their wares, and an annual fall fundrasing gala and auction…(this is not a purely charitable endeavor, as I see myself reaping large amounts of money with such a business–for business it is!)
I could go on, so I’ll stop here and ask you, dear reader, what would YOU do with a fortune to dispose of? I want honest answers–let me see your selfish side as well as your giving one.