Putting your wealth in context

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Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby mogg » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:37 am

The funny thing about wealth is, no matter how much you earn, you never feel wealthy. I was making a high income in Australia but so were all my peers so I just felt normal (actually unsatisfied would be more accurate). When I moved to Singapore (and ultimately Hong Kong) I was making many multiples of my previous Australian salary but felt average (unsatisfied) yet again because the goal posts had shifted and all my new peers/friends were making mega-bucks. Its never enough, and you never feel satisfaction.

Now I'm 'retired' and in Thailand trekking the dhamma path. I'm making less money now than I did as a 22 yr old grad...and I feel richer than I ever have :)
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Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby SarathW » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:47 am

Hi Mogg
I wish that everyone in this world understand what you said. We understand this mainly we are rich unfortunately.
Even Buddha realise this being a prince. People think that there is a correlation with wealth and happiness.
:) They are too different things.
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Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:48 am

Greetings,

mogg wrote:The funny thing about wealth is, no matter how much you earn, you never feel wealthy.

Buddhist author Ethan Nichten addresses "the inadequacy principle" in his book "One City: A Declaration Of Interdependence"... well worth a look if you or anyone else are interested in it.

:reading:

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If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby chownah » Sat May 04, 2013 2:34 pm

Putting your wealth in context, using the Ariya-Vampsa sutta as the context:
Any old lodging will do
Any old food will do
Any old clothing will do
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Re: Putting your wealth in context

Postby Dennenappelmoes » Sat May 04, 2013 9:11 pm

SDC wrote:First World Problems

For even more perspective.


:D These are true, and they are funny, but I do think we should watch out and not rob people from their right to feel bad about something. Many people in the 1st world have terrible amounts of suffering and on top of that feel guilty because they think that their suffering is nothing compared to that of people in 3rd world countries. By contrast, people in for example Ethiopia are generally positive minded and make the most out of what they have and tend to live a much simpler life. Personally, if I look beyond the obvious fact that I'm used to my life the way it is, I have no strong preference to be born where I am as opposed to some poor area. I imagine you can be pretty sad if you're watching tv and there's commercials on all channels, even though you're a total rich spoiled fat European/American. :tantrum:

That said, it is good to be reminded of our wealth so that we'll give more to charity - I think poor people know better what to do with wealth than rich people :thumbsup:
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