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Tue Mar 6, 2018, 02:26 PM

6. I'm not saying that all poor people are happy.

Especially not those in America. But some of them are elsewhere. Going back to my example from my friend who is going to marry the Thai woman. He visits the country often and he says that most people there live in poverty but in his experience they are happier than the typical American who has much more than they do. The Thais have not chosen to be materially poor.

And I know that rich people can be happy, but a lot of them apparently aren't and seem to be filled with an insatiable need for more material wealth despite their already wealthy status. The Koch Brothers are the extreme example. People who have real happiness don't inflict suffering on other people.

My wife and I are not well off. We're lower middle class. We have a relative who is a multi-millionaire and who was born into that kind of wealth. One Christmas he was in town and he was asking how I was doing with my job and just life in general. He sincerely told me that he was jealous of me. I was so taken aback that I didn't know how to respond to him. I don't even know why he said it. There he was apparently happily married with two children and with all this money, but he's jealous of me?

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