Elizabeth Koch ridiculed for NYT interview in a weird (but all too normal) manifestation of her main fear

Elizabeth Koch, 47, who grew up in in a $13 million mansion in Wichita, Kansas, spoke to the Times about the trauma she faced thanks to her wealthy upbringing, and her comments sparked fierce fury from social media users who branded the outlet as ’embarrassing’ and ‘humiliating’ for giving the billionaires a platform ‘to rehabilitate their public images.’

Elizabeth stated that being around so much money as a kid left her severely damaged, thanks to the deep ‘fear’ she developed over being judged for her riches and her long-lasting struggle to impress her powerful father.


One of the core concepts in Buddhism is that life in the “heavenly realm” can be a negative thing, principally because there is no impetus to comprehend the Four Noble Truths. A life without knowledge of suffering encourages clinging, which generates even more problems. I am instinctively on Elizabeth’s side, even without reading the NYT interview, because I am certain her suffering is real. Her audience of people who can understand her is obviously small, and that makes her position even more lonely. Very good-looking people, especially if they are also talented, can also suffer enormous pain due to the envy of the people around them. Envy and hatred of people who are wealthier or better than us generates terrible karma. When someone like Elizabeth speaks her mind, why not listen respectfully and take it in? I personally live simply and generally relate more to lower and middle class people than to wealthy ones, but I know wealthy people also suffer and can be excellent human beings. The Buddha himself was born into a very wealthy royal family. ABN

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