The boss was abusive to the point we could have sued. But we didn't in those days. First of all, we couldn't have afforded it. Litigation isn't cheap. Secondly, we would probably never be able to get another job had we filed a lawsuit like that. Well, that was then.
Now, there is so much affluence that an only moderately successful man like former wrestler Hulk Hogan could get the financial backing to sue the folks who did him wrong. Those were the smart alecks at Gawker.
Hogan's superhero turned out to be venture capitalist Peter Thiel. He ponied up the $10 million in legal fees to see Hogan through that privacy lawsuit against Gawker, its founder and a former editor in chief. The Florida jury decided to award Hogan $140 million.
As The Wall Street Journal points out, some assess Thiel as St. Peter. Others are wary that he is using his enormous wealth to control the media.
But we who grew up before affluence know of someone who had helped us. It was that help with might have prevented us from ruining our lives. Or maybe it got us into college. Or it could have resulted in being able to get a scholarship. Perhaps what they did was unethical. Maybe it was even illegal. But, at the time there was no ambiguity: It was needed. And there is no ambiguity now. We see no wrong in what had to be done.
Maybe affluence, at least among the 1% and members of the chattering class, has allowed human beings to think way behind survival stuff. And maybe that will wind up doing them in.