George Bernard Shaw: Rich Uselessness

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George Bernard Shaw Money Quote saying we don’t often attribute specific problems to the wealthy, but to the poor, it is only poverty they are blamed with. George Bernard Shaw said:
 
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“What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness” — George Bernard Shaw

 

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George Bernard Shaw is contrasting how society views problems faced by the poor versus the rich. For the poor, their main problem or “matter” is seen as poverty – i.e. the lack of money and resources.

However, Shaw argues that for the rich, their main problem is “uselessness” – meaning that they do not contribute meaningful work or value to society, since they do not need to work due to their wealth.

So Shaw is criticizing how society often overlooks or excuses issues of idleness among the wealthy, while heavily blaming poverty as the main fault of the poor.

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