Lessons of True Wealth from The Great Gatsby

Beacon Towers served as an inspiration for Gatsby's home

I went to see the latest film version of The Great Gatsby. Director Baz Luhrmann has created a visual feast from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel about wealth and desire. Clearly, he had fun attempting to represent the flamboyant lifestyle of the rich in 1920’s New York. The film features houses the size of castles filled with lights and partying people; a small sitting room overwhelmed with hundreds of white orchids; paths in formal gardens stretching between patios and harbor waters. Gatsby’s mega-riches gave him enormous power. He had the town in his pocket — politicians, police chiefs, stock brokers, even the mob. He believed he could say “Be” and it would be.

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