Reflection for today…Nobility In Poverty -Ricky Gervais

1 Dec

In this short video clip, master comedian Ricky Gervais reflects on money.

Ricky acknowledges that he was poor as his family was a working class family that lived in a council estate.

He was unaware of his social status because everyone around him was in the same situation. There was no juxtaposition until he got to university.


Ricky Gervais lives by the Bob Dylan quote,

“A man can consider himself a success if he gets up in the morning, goes to bed at night and in between does exactly what he wants.”

Ricky has artistic integrity in all of his creative endeavors.

Ricky Gervais Wishes You Financial & Creative Success…


His raw honesty comes forth in his admission of guilt regarding his new-found wealth.

He struggled with wealth because of his belief in the nobility in poverty.

One gets the sense that Ricky has contempt for rich people. Perhaps this is due to his humble upbringing and working class sensibilities.

I think Ricky has contempt for greed.

What is noble is that he wants to be proud of how he earns his money and consequent success.

Ricky’s work ethic/discipline, ethics and talent guide him in his work.

He is quite involved in animal rights, social activism, humanitarian efforts and charities. 

Ricky uses comedy as a societal mirror to criticize issues that desperately need it.


The clip ends on a somewhat ambivalent note.

He states that he does not understand making money yet he concludes that he makes money.

I think what Ricky is saying is that he does not strive to make more money for the sake of making money.

He seems content with the success he already has instead of playing the money chasing game.

It is so refreshing for a person of his stature to adopt this attitude.

In that satisfaction lies another kind of wealth- creative satisfaction.


Do you think there is nobility in poverty?

What about wealth?

Do you agree or disagree with Ricky Gervais?

Why or why not?


For more information…

Ricky Gervais…


Peace & Namaste…

12 Responses to “Reflection for today…Nobility In Poverty -Ricky Gervais”

  1. Dan Hoger December 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

    Gotta love Ricky!

    • MYSOULSONICE... December 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM #

      Hello Dan.
      I do love Ricky Gervais.
      He is one of my favourite comedians- along with Larry David.

      Thank you for reading and commenting ;).

      Kindest Regards.

      • Dan Hoger December 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM #

        Very nice taste! Thanks for stopping by.

        • MYSOULSONICE... February 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM #

          {My apologies for the belated response}.

          Thank you for your compliment.
          I quite like Larry David and Ricky Gervais because they are very real.
          There is no pretension about them.
          I also find them to be brilliant and compassionate.

          Regarding other comedians I like…
          I quite like George Carlin- although his delivery can come off as quite crude.
          He had such an unflinching honesty about him.
          Carlin’s cynicism might turn some people off.
          I can understand how people may not like him or his brand of comedy but to each their own.
          {I like Dave Chappelle as well}.
          *A friend has suggested Bill Hicks so I shall look into him when I have the chance.

          Comedians are such astute social observers that one could even call them honorary sociologists.

          Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

          • Dan Hoger February 9, 2014 at 11:20 PM #

            I am also a fan of George Carlin and Dave Chappelle, for the same reasons.


  2. Slayer Muser December 12, 2013 at 8:04 AM #


    He’s SO Brent-like in that clip! The pauses. The “off-the-cuff” quotations. The bumblingness.

    Interesting point he makes about “my lot” – i.e., you often end up with what you choose (whether you like it or not).

    Fascinating about nobility in poverty. => If you’re an artist, do you lose your integrity with commercial success? Cf. the bohemian legend of noble failure (Edgar Allen Poe, etc.).

    “gauche” – great word to describe the drive for money.

    The overwhelming impression is confusion. At times, he really doesn’t know what to say. He’s almost flabbergasted. I’m equally confused about it: the desire for riches and its attainment.

    And yet despite his confusion, and his ambivalence, he has attracted wealth and success like a magnet. This, too, is baffling.

    • Slayer Muser December 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

      Forgot to say:

      Dylan’s quotation is wonderful and terrible. Wonderful, because it’s true. Terrible, because the vast majority of working men simply cannot do exactly what they want. It is rare to read a quotation that is simultaneously uplifting and dashing. This is one.

      I get up in the morning. And I go to bed at night. So far so successful. What about in between? Do I do exactly what I want? Far, far from it. Only about 30 of my 540 minutes between 9 and 6 are devoted to doing what I want, and those are for eating lunch. So according to Bob Dylan, I am soul-crushingly unsuccessful.

      Nevertheless, it is most refreshing to see success being measured against the fulfilment of personal desires – we could call this true wealth – rather than money or status.

      • Slayer Muser December 16, 2013 at 6:09 AM #

        Something else occurred to me over the weekend: a Gervais quotation. Seems perfectly on point.

        “Mondays are fine. It’s your life that sucks.”

      • MYSOULSONICE... December 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

        Dylan’s quotation is reductive.
        It speaks more to the illusion of freedom and independence than the reality.
        Very few can do what they want in their waking life.
        This is the sad reality of the masses.

        However, I also like the romantic carpe diem nature of the quote.
        I agree that it is refreshing that success is being redefined from the usual status quo definition of wealth and social status.
        More discussions need to be focused on what this true wealth is and how one can attain it.
        Each individual must define true wealth on their own terms and also strive for it with their own blueprint.

    • MYSOULSONICE... December 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

      Slayer Muser…
      You are right that he is David Brent-like in this video clip.

      He mentioned that he loves watching Dexter.
      I love Dexter also!

      What about you?

      I think he made a point of talking about his lot to show us that he is not complaining {like many other people}.
      Ricky wants to stress that fact that he accepted his path before.
      He would have been just as happy if he hadn’t achieved such success.

      I really enjoyed the nobility in poverty thesis.
      In a sense, one can argue that he is right because there is a lack of greed in poverty.
      The seduction of greed is more potent in wealth.
      However, this could also be refuted.

      Regarding your question,
      “If you’re an artist, do you lose your integrity with commercial success?
      Cf. the bohemian legend of noble failure (Edgar Allen Poe, etc.).”
      I don’t think that you necessarily lose artistic integrity with commercial success- Ricky definitely hasn’t.
      Do you think so?
      It all depends on the people and the situation.
      However, I think it would be more challenging to maintain artistic integrity with commercial success.
      There would be new pressures to contend with.

      As for the word gauche…I cannot say that I was familiar with it up until now.
      Is it really social awkwardness?

      The ambivalence that Ricky portrays is because he seems to be having an inner conflict about wealth and what is represents.
      His previous identity was entangled with being working class and now that he is rich then perhaps he is having difficulty with coming to terms with it.

      What is clear to me is Ricky’s desire to distance himself from greed and the relentless pursuit of money for the sake of it.

      Your last point was very revealing,
      “And yet despite his confusion, and his ambivalence, he has attracted wealth and success like a magnet. This, too, is baffling.”
      Despite it all the contradictions and ambivalence, Ricky is wealthy.
      His wealth, success and fame continue to rise.
      Ricky is authentic and people really appreciate his sincerity/honesty.

      I think Ricky’s animal rights/humanitarian work keeps him balanced, honest and humble.
      Ricky seems to be a very compassionate person and this “nobility in poverty” only highlights his modesty.
      His humility and compassion seem to be his moral compass- not his wallet and for this I think that he should be applauded.


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