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i would be interested to see how this correlates with satisfaction of life and happiness. obviously those that are very poor have a lower satisfaction of life, but i think that those who become excessively rich might be the same, in the way that they are almost compensating for other things, and that money doesnt bring happiness.
honestly, i would rather be middle class than in the top 1%, and live a fulfilling life doing what i want, and not slaving away for years at a job to make that excessive money
obviously that isnt true for all situations, but generally speaking...
...don't forget 0 inheritance rights to family properties, a >50% tax rate on incomes, and still incomplete LGBT rights. You want to move to the socialist countries? Sure, the living conditions are great, but you have no ability to move up or down the income ladder, or produce anything significant. Socialism stymies economic growth and suppresses innovation. Sure there are wealthy (for example) Scandinavians. They don't do their aggregate business exclusively in the Scand countries, though. So many of the arguments about wealth inequality are class envy and have been for the last 500 years. Don't buy into it.
That's one style of person in this country. giving up and not caring. It's so rebellious it may as well be hipster. It is going to take a solid 20 years to come out of this recession, but it will be a lot longer if people like yourself continue to pop up. Not even caring or being able to connect with one side or the other is just weak. This is why nothing will get done in this country, to many stubborn idiots that would rather not be bothered and just live and complain when people care or try to initiate some sort of change. Things are only going to get worse if more people just say "screw it, I can't affect it"...
Notice how the people who bitch and moan about this are the people who aren't willing to work hard enough to change their prospectus.
Yeah, wealth inequality sucks, but who are you to go and take someone elses money because they have more than you? Go be an adult and set goals for yourself and realize that it takes sacrifices to move ahead.
Sorry to tell you this, but you're not going to move to the 1% with your 2 year degree from colorado mountain college
There was some study a year or so back that determined the happiest and most content individuals make roughly $75,000 a year and that after that amount happiness is no longer linearly correlated with wealth/income.
Personally the number seems a bit low to me but it makes sense. At around that mark you probably have a pretty nice work/life balance, can afford to have some fun on the weekends, go on vacation 1-2x a year and generally aren't living paycheck to paycheck wondering whether to go grocery shopping or pay your heating bill.
I'm a realist. Sorry. I recognize and accept the fact that we will not, as a society, be able to fix the problems others have caused for us (others referring to rich people and politicians). Understanding this, why would I add additional stress to my currently busy life worrying about this "big picture" when I know there is NOTHING I can do about it?
So yes, I prefer to live MY life and enjoy it while I can, because worrying about what's broken and can't be fixed is a lot worse than not worrying at all and simply enjoying one's self.
I'm a realist too, but to say that in your lifetime, say 80 years, there won't be any change in the big picture? None at all? To me, that is a very closeminded and unrealistic opinion.
I'm not telling you to become a politician and change policy because God knows I wouldn't sell my soul to do it, but it is possible to impliment change and see change during your lifetime. It happens all the time in every country. It wasn't that long ago that the United States actually had a surplus of funds (Clinton Administration, although a lot of the policies that were in place were not directly because of him), and in 20 some odd years it all went to crap, so who says in 20 years the US can't turn it around? It's possible, keep your mind open is my point.