Walter Buczynski was a top executive at a Maryland mortgage lender before he killed his wife and jumped off a bridge last January.
K. Upender was a distraught stock speculator in India who suffered steep losses in the Indian stock market this fall, according to the police, just before he chose to open the gas line in his house, light a match and kill himself, his wife and his 2-year-old son.
Mr. Buczynski, 59, who lived in an affluent suburb in New Jersey and made close to $330,000 in 2007, and Mr. Upender, a 32-year-old former stock broker who had taken to trading stocks out of his home in Hyderabad, a fast-growing city in central India, were worlds apart.
What they had in common was a livelihood in the financial industry, a wrenching downturn in that industry and death by their own hands.
Emphasis added by me.
The value of their lives was measured by the value of their monetary incomes. How warped is that?
The people they usually scorn -- the artistic, especially writers -- often go through their days with No No No rubbed in their faces. Rejection after rejection after rejection. But they persevere. They stay alive. We, the ones looked down as being "weak," we're the mighty.
Fuck. Your. Money.
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