Are social relationships dependent on the financial status of the individuals?As we all know, the humans as a social animal have to live in a close knit social environment which enables them to extend support and cooperation to each other as and when required. Consider the life in a typical conventional village of India. In the event of wedding of a girl in one of the families, the entire village used to extend support to the family in one form or the other. Even in the cities, exchange of gifts, often in the form of cash, creates a pool of resources which help the family by meeting a part of expenditure incurred. Many people estimate the likely receipts and include the same in the planned expenditure as it is presumed that the people will reciprocate their gesture of extending support to their families in the past.
However, it is seen that some of those who become wealthier in due course gradually withdraw themselves from such activities primarily because they become self sufficient and don't require support of others. Thus it appears that the social bonhomie depends on the financial status. Only those who require support of others indulge themselves in maintaining social bonds.
What are your observations in this regard?