All bow down before wealth. Wealth is that to which the multitude of men pay an instinctive homage. They measure happiness by wealth; and by wealth they measure respectability. … It is a homage resulting from a profound faith … that with wealth he may do all things. Wealth is one idol of the day and notoriety is a second. … Notoriety, or the making of a noise in the world — it may be called “newspaper fame” — has come to be considered a great good in itself, and a ground of veneration.
John Henry Cardinal Newman, Discourses to Mixed Congregations (1906)
Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for resisting the urge—and helping me to resist the urge—to read the news.