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Friday, November 30, 2007

My brother in law- the con man

I was watching a Dateline show about a con-man who tricked a lot of people into giving/loaning him money. The way he was able to do it was by maintaining an image of wealth (he pretended to be a Rockefeller and lived an affluent lifestyle) - which was funded by his victims. As much as I pity the victims, it was fascinating how greed played a part in their downfall. This con-man really looked like the picture of success - someone that you could latch onto for a step up in this world. And they fell for it. It's a sad story.

But what was really profound was when I realized that that is exactly what my brother in law does. He always drives really expensive new vehicles, wears expensive name brand clothes - and basically lives a life that he feels entitled to without actually working for it. Our family watches in disbelief as he gets vehicle after vehicle reposessed, about every six months - and still manages to find a new "friend" to refinance another car with. While watching this show I realized it is basic human greed that is allowing all of these people to be swooned by his flashy lifestyle and want to be a part of it. Still, it's just jaw-dropping to watch, time and time again.


  • At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Very profound. I think you hit the nail on the head.



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