Now, 20+ years later, after attending art school and struggling in the big city and somehow making it out alive, the tables have turned. I mingle with the rich kid crowd that I hated so much growing up. And you know what? They just participate in the economy in an identical way that every other American does.
They buy the "best" shampoo that they can afford.
They buy the biggest TV they can afford.
They eat out on special occasions.
They respond to advertising and the desire behind commercialism just like everyone else to one degree or another.
They are driven just like the rest of us by a desire to express thier individuality through thier purchases.
At this stage in my life, I've come to realize that one person's $2700 jeans is another person's ipod, and no matter how rich you are, there's always going to be someone richer walking around with an object you wish you had for yourself.