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lsu480
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re: How 'Rich' do we really need to be?

I want to be a billionaire so freaking bad


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Doldil
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re: How 'Rich' do we really need to be?
the simple answer:

as "Rich" as one feels they want to be. There is no ceiling for how high you can go, it's completely different for every individual.


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Jbird
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re: How 'Rich' do we really need to be?
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How 'Rich' do we really need to be?


Telling way to ask that question, "need to be"?

As rich as a person wants to work for, your measure of "rich" may very well be different than another's.


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EthanL
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: How 'Rich' do we really need to be?
The deeper point I was getting at (which may very well be mythical in nature) is that, as a nation, are our principles, our focuses, the way government is run, our imports, what we consume....is it based on, has it been run on the premise to make people wealthier, as opposed to happier?

Here is my bs example of what I am talking about: We have long championed the 'American dream'. Some say this involves a house, picket fence, dog, car(s) etc. And I am talking about waay before the financial crisis hit. We idealized this as an avenue to happiness, a way to live.

But were we really idealizing happiness, or attaining wealth? Fast-forward 90+ years, and material things, even in a slumping economy, are held on pedestal. Sure, we have some much needed and useful stuff. But the American dream is now a bigger house, an SUV, flat screen tv's, iPhones for all (one of my personal favorites), xboxes.

We use to play outside with our kids (a lot), fish, go camping, eat meals together, sing and dance together, go to museums, ride bicycles...very simple cost-efficient things that required little to no money, and made us happier as a nation.

I guess I'm saying (going back to my original example), our houses should be smaller with bigger yards for happier activities, I dunno.

End Rant. Tl;dedit


RogerTheShrubber
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re: How 'Rich' do we really need to be?
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This board sometimes.



This board isn't a collective entity. Deal with individuals


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Zach
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re: How 'Rich' do we really need to be?
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.is it based on, has it been run on the premise to make people wealthier, as opposed to happier?


You really would enjoy the book Bobos in Paradise. It speaks to this. Researching wedding announcements in the NYT... 100 years ago people bragged about who their parents were. Today they brag about what college they went to.

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We have long championed the 'American dream'. Some say this involves a house, picket fence, dog, car(s) etc.


The origin of 'the American Dream' was upward mobility. Europe had a caste system in the 17th century. You were locked into it at birth. Horatio Alger called it 'pluck and luck' but it was really about hard work and opportunity.

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But the American dream is now a bigger house, an SUV, flat screen tv's, iPhones for all (one of my personal favorites), xboxes.


Wow... I don't have any of those. I can afford all of them. Just don't want them.


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