Here's a story that backs up something I've been saying for about 4-5 years now. Back around 12 years ago, I started making some damn good money, only problem was that it stressed me out and made me lazy in a lot of areas. For the last few years, my income got chopped in half, literally. Funny thing, I can't remember a time where I have been this content. Thus, money can't buy happiness. I'd also like to add that it makes you lazy and selfish(maybe not as a whole, but definitely in certain areas).
Enter this guy, Karl Rabeder, who sees things much like I do. He made a million dollar fortune, but it didn't make him happy, so he gave it ALL away. From the article:
"My idea is to have nothing left. Absolutely nothing," he told The Daily Telegraph. "Money is counterproductive – it prevents happiness to come."
Instead, he will move out of his luxury Alpine retreat into a small wooden hut in the mountains or a simple bedsit in Innsbruck.
His entire proceeds are going to charities he set up in Central and Latin America, but he will not even take a salary from these.
"For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness," he said. "I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years," said Mr Rabeder.
But over time, he had another, conflicting feeling.
"More and more I heard the words: ‘Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life’," he said. "I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need. I have the feeling that there are lot of people doing the same thing."
I triple dog dare all you rich fat bastards to follow this guy's example. After all, it ain't socialism if it's self imposed, think about it.
I am the Complaint Department Manager and I approve this (self imposed)redistribution of wealth.