Rich person demands that others shun materialism, seek life of “service.”

In other news, planet Earth was destroyed over the weekend by a massive singularity brought about by a cosmic overconcentration of self-righteous hypocrisy. Film at … well, never.

‘Having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life': Oprah Winfrey gives a wisdom-filled commencement speech at Agnes Scott College

‘Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.’

Examples of “service” from her own life mentioned in the speech seem to have been confined to conducting lots of interviews while growing extremely rich. By that standard, her threshold of “service” doesn’t seem to be very high, but that’s none of my business.

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6 Responses to Rich person demands that others shun materialism, seek life of “service.”

  1. Judy says:

    She fits in the More Money Than Sense category, like quite a few of them.

  2. If you believe the rumors, which she has desperately tried to quash at every turn, her early life included a full degree of service. Being that she doesn’t want it known she was a run-away minor without visible means of support, those rumors may not be unfounded.

  3. Ben says:

    Why would anyone anyone pay attention to a word she says? If she wasn’t so rich, she would be totally unremarkable.

  4. Wow. Tough room.

    I don’t think I have much in common with her politics, but going from dirt poor to one of the richest people in the world, and also one of the most generous (having donated over $400 MILLION as of 2012), all pretty much on the basis of her own determination seems like it would qualify as at least somewhat remarkable, wouldn’t it?

    She’s built a media empire, is universally respected (well, mostly I guess) and a plug for a book or project can do for an author what a Johnny Carson spot used to do for an aspiring comic, because people trust her.

    On the other hand, she can’t seem to control her weight and the publicized portions of her love life seems to range from tragic to maybe ok, so I think she can be a gazzillionairess and still be taken seriously when she says the “stuff” part of life isn’t the important part. One can be financially rich with being particularly materialistic. There’s also plenty of extremely materialistic people out there without much actual wealth to their names.

  5. Damn. “… financially rich without being particularly materialistic.”


  6. Joel says:

    I couldn’t care less about her weight or her love life or her money. I consider going from dirt poor to one of the richest people in the world as positively admirable, if not accomplished on other people’s backs. But it can only be done with a single-minded drive to get rich, which doesn’t give you any moral authority to insist that other people devote themselves to lives of “service.” Plus, having gotten a whiff of Winfrey’s politics, I’ve no doubt what she means by that word.

To the stake with the heretic!