Yet I’ve noticed, of late, that the business of acquiring a status symbol has got more complex. Partly, of course, it is because in these times of economic austerity, it behoves the rich and successful to appear slightly less rich and successful in order to make the rest of us feel better.
But instead of abandoning their baubles of smugness, it seems that the top 1% have simply found another way of displaying their superiority: children.
Err, yes, it’s a fairly basic bit of this evolution lark really.
Compete for resources so as to maximise the probability of your having grandchildren. Several books have been written about it.
It does still amuse me that those on the left, those most likely to pooh pooh any alternative to evolution as the method by which we got here, are those most resistant to accepting the implications of evolution as being the way that we are.
You know, rich men tend to marry pretty women? Pretty we’ve found being pretty much defined by what looks like fertile? Pretty women tending to marry rich men because the rich men have the resources?