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Wealthy Wears: Part 1

In the 18th through the19th Centuries top hats became increasingly popular as fashion statements. At the inception of the 20th Century, the wealthiest and highest members of the American social system wore these hats as a sign of their superior financial attainment. In the early 1900's the classic board game monopoly evolved into what it is today. Uncle Penny Bags, the games iconic mascot, dons a top hat and has an eerie resemblance to a familiar 20th century banker. The Mr. Monopoly character was based on John Peirpont Morgan, (creator of J.P. Morgan Chase, General Electric, U.S. Steel Corp.), in his time one of the richest people in the world [also a Rothschild agent].

In a world of caste systems and capitalism, fashion & attire mean more than just preference or taste. Status and power have to be stated outwardly in order to maintain valuable social links. This invokes another top "hatted" character called the 'Mad Hatter', created by Lewis Carroll in the book 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. The Mad Hatter,leaves the price tag on his top hat, that reads "10/6" which means 10 shillings and 6 pence. The 10/6 designation represents the half guinea gold coin, which was the standard in British currency ,only to be replaced by the British pound in the '70's. This characters hat designates his status, occupation and power within "wonderland".

So the 'top hat' in a sociological perspective, represents a drive to become the 'top dog'. In Matthew 6:24b-33, Jesus Christ says these words: " Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat , or what ye shall drink ; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on . Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap , nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow ; they toil not, neither do they spin : And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is , and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought , saying , What shall we eat ? or, What shall we drink ? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek :) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

The Western or "Gentile" pursuit's in life manifest themselves in the form of fashion, fame & food! But just as The Lord Jesus Christ points out, these vain pursuits end in emptiness and a devaluation of the human spirit. The drive to obtain a social status or a perception of "coolness" only ends up defeating the main purpose of the pursuit in the first place. You can wear your 'top hat' all day long but unless you wear the 10/6 tag then nobody will know your value. When you allow the worlds assessments to define who you are, you have to keep getting bigger hats with bigger tags. Sooner or later the hat will be so big that it will consume you and you will become indistinguishable from the product or object. Put simply...you create a vortex of death. This brings us to the next symbolism for the "top hat".