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Is Money Everything To You ?

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Is money the most important thing in your life ? How money and possessions vital in your life ? Can you be poor and happy ? Are you richer now than than before but less happy and blissful? What makes a delightful life in your opinions?

According to countless surveys: your healthy bank account and the number of your fans can't bring you happiness and satisfaction.between 1950 and 2000 american GDP grew from 2 trillion dollars to 12 trillion dollars. real per capita income doubled. the newly invented contraceptive pill made sex freere . cheap cars, refrigerators, air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, washing machines, telephones, televisions and other elctronic devices changed daily life almost beyond imagination. now, studies show that american subjective well-being levels in the 1950 remained roughly the same as 2000. In Japan , statistics showed the same . It seems that out happiness bangs against some mysterious glass ceiling that does not allow it to grow despite all our unprecedented accomplishments. 

Even if we provide free food for everybody, cure all diseases and ensure world peace, it won't necessarily shater the glass ceiling. Achieving real happiness is not going to be much easier than deafeting death and aging. wealth alone can't acheive real happines, how many wealthy people have committed suicide ? fame alone can't acheive reall happiness as well, how many famous people have taken their own lives.

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Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-23 10:06
I have read that people were happier in the 50s, not as happy. It makes sense to me that people were happier before American consumerism. Consumerism makes people unhappy not happy. American capitalism must make people feel insecure so they go out and buy more stuff. They make things obsolete so people have to but new stuff constantly. It is much better to make the public feel secure but you don't sell as much stuff. Insecure people are not happy people. In USA a person must earn $80,000 per year to be secure and happy. After $80,000 people don't get much happier. $80,000 is what you need to feel secure. Security = happiness. Most Americans earn less than $80,000 per year. It is pretty much only the educated 30% that are happy in modern time. Of course there are exceptions and some that have security will take their lives or whatever but $80,000 is the security/happiness mark.

But it is not just material security that is important - it is also psychological security. People that earn less than $80,000 a year are constantly reminded by the US media/hegemony that they cannot he happy. These are the 'aspirational'. The term 'working class' is an insult in American-western capitalist society. Contrast that with Hitler making his great speech to the workers if Germany - telling them that the days of them being disrespected are over. Look his happy the Germans were under the Nazi. Capitalists can say what they like but the Germans were happy as hell under the Nazi. Hitler gave them their dignity back after the suffering and humiliation they suffered under the so-called capitalist treaty. Some claim that Hitler said that with the right propaganda you can make hell seem like heaven. There is truth to this. Capitalism makes heaven seem like hell for the majority.

But how wealthy was a Roman Patrician compared to the western masses with all if the crazy crap they buy? Is all this crazy crap really so great? Does a stupid phone or an app make someone happy even if they have the $80,000 per year to make use of all of these capitalist services? Real wealth is power over others. 1% of us have immeasurable power over the rest of us - and the educated 30% outer party have great power over the rest of us - the remaining 70% or so are these peoples slaves and we are fully aware of that fact. Disparity can exist but not when capitalists are rubbing it in the masses faces constantly the way they do. The educated are taking professional jobs that give them $200-$300 a year while the majority are earning less than $80,000. These educated 'professional' workers can spend $60,000 a year in a Sugar Baby and the $60,000 is not a great percentage of their annual earnings - and these Sugar Babies are the daughters of the 70% that are these peoples slaves. A doctor or lawyer is not so special and it is not acceptable for there to he such disparity between the 70% and these so-called professionals. Plus even though these professional workers have a higher and more expensive standard of living - $80,000 should cover their needs and the rest is just surplus. The working class 70% have no real surplus. Working class can't but a house in Sydney but these professional workers can buy many and our government allows then to negative gear. The 30% are happy - I can assure you. They are not making any protest votes at elections - they vote against the 70%.

I can't believe anyone would seek to be famous. But wealthy yes. But if the working class existed in a society that told them they could he happy then they would be for the most part. Few of them seek to he Daddy Warbucks. The problem is that if the masses are not insecure then they won't feel the need to buy so much crap - plus, if working class females have dignity then a lot lesbeof them are going to end up being the Sugar Babies of surplus capitalists and surplus professionals.
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-23 10:14
You should watch the documentary ' The Story of Stuff '. It tells all about the American consumer scheme post WW2. It is very informative.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-23 10:23
HailChina!: You should watch the documentary ' The Story of Stuff '. It tells all about the American consumer scheme post WW2. It is very informative.
Thank you very much for your recommendation, I definitely will watch it ....
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-23 12:42
HailChina!: I have read that people were happier in the 50s, not as happy. It makes sense to me that people were happier before American consumerism. Consumerism  ...
I can't agree more . I just wanna add something regarding capitalism. Capitalism embraced a lot of teachings from Marxism. What you said about Hitler is true because the winner always writes the history and depicts his enemies as evils and demons!
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-23 18:58
arabchinalover: I can't agree more . I just wanna add something regarding capitalism. Capitalism embraced a lot of teachings from Marxism. What you said about Hitler  ...
Thanks mate. I do not agree with a lot of what Hitler said and did but he certainly did make the majority if Germans very happy and a lot if that had to do with the psychological security that he brought about within the German masses. Can you imagine a western politician drawing crowds the way Hitler did? I cannot. Obama was quite popular for a modern capitalist politician in the beginning but his popularity was nothing compared to the popularity that Hitler enjoyed. Hitler was a very clever man and I think we can all learn a lot from what he did if we look at the history honestly.
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-23 18:58
arabchinalover: I can't agree more . I just wanna add something regarding capitalism. Capitalism embraced a lot of teachings from Marxism. What you said about Hitler  ...
Thanks mate. I do not agree with a lot of what Hitler said and did but he certainly did make the majority if Germans very happy and a lot if that had to do with the psychological security that he brought about within the German masses. Can you imagine a western politician drawing crowds the way Hitler did? I cannot. Obama was quite popular for a modern capitalist politician in the beginning but his popularity was nothing compared to the popularity that Hitler enjoyed. Hitler was a very clever man and I think we can all learn a lot from what he did if we look at the history honestly.
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-5-23 19:14
arabchinalover: I can't agree more . I just wanna add something regarding capitalism. Capitalism embraced a lot of teachings from Marxism. What you said about Hitler  ...
# Hitler claimed that he and the National Socialists brought about a classless society but he did not get rid of wealthy people did he? Or private property. But it a sense his claim had truth to it because he did bring about a unified German culture that was not hostile to the worker.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-23 21:26
HailChina!: Thanks mate. I do not agree with a lot of what Hitler said and did but he certainly did make the majority if Germans very happy and a lot if that had  ...
That's true . We can disagree about what Hitler said or about his actions but I confess that he was smart and working hard to make Germans great . Not everything said about him by the western media and education is true . Cleopatra is viewed as a whore in Rome and a heroine in Egypt. It's all about how people see things . It's true that most Germans don't like Hitlar because the entire generation has been brainwashed by ideological education!
Reply Report Cdogg 2017-5-24 09:54
Money Money Money.....Money.

Who knows the song?
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-24 10:02
Cdogg: Money Money Money.....Money.

Who knows the song?
hahahah.....carss materalism!
Reply Report hi111 2017-5-24 11:44
Yes, money makes the world go around. If you have money, you can do anything. Remember that. That's what a friend used to tell me. If you want to play a part in the world, you need money. In politics, you need money. Yes, money is everything. Because people don't play fair.

On the other hand, if you step out of the rat race, and stop looking at other people for your own valuation, and stop following societal trends, you will find that beyond the need for food, clothing, shelter, and some comfort, money is quite meaningless. What's most important is love, and it is love that runs the world, though people are too blind to see.
Reply Report Cdogg 2017-5-24 14:02
All about the benjamins baby?
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-24 15:21
Cdogg: All about the benjamins baby?
What a groundbreaking discovery!
Reply Report catherine94 2017-5-24 21:41
Money is just a very-very pleasant bonus - it is not everything. When your only goal in life is pursuing money - you will never catch up with it or even if you will - finally, you will find yourself extremely tired and empty after realizing that what you thought would make you happy indeed leaves you the same just with a lot of money on your back account. What is really important is self-developing, career success (providing that you really like what you do), loving family and loyal friends. And only if you manage to have all in your life, when you do everuthing with love, when you love people, love world and do not care much about money - only then you realize that you already have enough of them.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-24 21:59
catherine94: Money is just a very-very pleasant bonus - it is not everything. When your only goal in life is pursuing money - you will never catch up with it or ev ...
I can see that you totally agree with my definition of happiness. We share the same philosophy of happiness. To work and to love , only then , one realizes that his life is almost full , it's empty no more !
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-25 07:08
hi111: Yes, money makes the world go around. If you have money, you can do anything. Remember that. That's what a friend used to tell me. If you want to play ...
I have nothing to say against your comment, cheers.....
Reply Report seneca 2017-5-25 10:36
To East sians such as Koreans, Chinese and Japanese money is Mammon, is a deity. It has nothing to do with consumerism, which only provides extra pretexts to Joe and Joanna Average to chase the ye, won or yuan. Since people in Confucian countries live in strictly hierarchical societies social mobility is restricted but not the accumulation of money and wealth. To save money is therefore a virtue which can only be raised to a higher level if you know how to amass money.
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-25 12:59
seneca: To East sians such as Koreans, Chinese and Japanese money is Mammon, is a deity. It has nothing to do with consumerism, which only provides extra pret ...
Yes , and it's also a problem when you are valued by the number in your bank account and when you can't even find a life partner if you don't own an apartment or a car !
Reply Report parcher 2017-5-25 15:30
Depression is the reason why so many rich and famous people are committing suicide. Depression does not care how rich or poor you are. It can strike us all down. Having to much money can lead to depression, and vice versa!! I have read so many stories about people winning the lottery in th uk and America. They are all full of smiles, but just 2 yrs later, there lives have been totally destroyed by money and are now seeking treatment for depression. One guy in America who won 138 million usd in 1988 owed the bank 1 million just 1 year later. He had wasted the lot, and his brother even tried to hire a hitman to kill him, so he could get the money after his win!! money can make people very crazy......I'm happy I am not filthy rich...
Reply Report arabchinalover 2017-5-25 15:46
parcher: Depression is the reason why so many rich and famous people are committing suicide. Depression does not care how rich or poor you are. It can strike u ...
" I am happy that I am not filthy rich " you are funny , I sounds like wealth is a curse hahahah . A wonderful and prolific comment . Thank you very much

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