"This disposition to admire, and almost worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, neglect persons of poor . . . condition . . . is . . . the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments. That wealth and greatness are often regarded with the respect and admiration which are due only to wisdom and virtue; and that the contempt, of which vice and folly are the only proper objects, is often most unjustly bestowed upon poverty and weakness, has been the complaint of moralists in all ages."From Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments.