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    This was in the news today
    You?d Never Know David Gelbaum Is a Sun King - NYTimes.com



    and this is about the man who looks like a progressive, liberal wall street guy with compassion, ethics and a moral sense of duty.


     
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    Actually, it sounds like a man who wants everyone to know what a "compassionate, ethical," man he is.

    Those that actually are, don't have to announce it, they just do it.
     
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    Kinda like Nellyboy, with his endless "look at meeeeeee" threads, only with money. :lol:
     
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    I know what the guy is on about, we have a cancer kid mint tin at work, 50 cents a roll.

    But I usually put in a dollar coin (yes we have dollar coins in Australia, it turns the space under the couch cushions into a wonderful retirement fund) in the tin.

    Some times I do not even take the mints!!!!!!! I kid you not, I do not take the mints!!!!!!!!

    This should bank up some good Karma but then I fuck it up by always letting my Pavlovian pride pounce without pondering; I yell out into the echoing lobby "Live my little bald friends, LIVE!!!!!!"
     
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    I used to have a few bucks but then I married Mrs. Count Dracula and found out that she was "high maintance". Now, Wal-Mart has all of my money...
     
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    He's right. 99% of wealthy people are terribly afflicted by fear and distrust and covetousness. They fear losing their wealth -- not unreasonably, such things do happen. They distrust almost everyone, other wealthy less so, but certainly all non-wealthy folks, believing we wish them harm through embezzlement or envy -- again, not completely unreasonably -- many of us do. And they covet wealth wealth and more wealth. If you are a DuPont heir, you covet the wealth of Bill Gates, because there is no such thing as "enough money" and you might actually have a shot at "beating him".

    There are not a whole lot of wealthy American Buddists, if ya feel me. Being too rich is as crappy a life as being too poor. Or at least it is in my view...but then I value love, friendship, trust, privacy and security.
     
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    What's the definition of wealth ?
     

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    In my view, anyone with Generation-Skipping Tax issues is wealthy.
     
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    The really wealthy do what they want, when they want and don't owe anyone shit.
    Like this neighbor.
    100 acres of land and 75 head of cattle.
    He's always got a couple-three grand laying around the house. No TV, no cell phone, no "cards", no unneeded meds,all natural food.
    Nice ass, super economical "truck" with custom paint.
     

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    I don't think you are exactly correct in your assessment. I don't consider myself wealthy. I have some things in common with your neighbor. I do pretty much what I want, when I want and just about how I want. However, it isn't like that in every situation. Sometimes I do what the wife wants, when she wants it, and how she wants it done. We live on a 300 acre farm but we only have two Texas Longhorm cows (but they are both going to calf pretty soon). No mortgage. We have some emergency money in our safe (the amount is not important) in case there is an emergency that would make using the bank not an option or if we needed to get on the road in the middle of the night unexpectedly. We have two TVs. One in the living room and one in the wife's sewing room. We have one cell phone - one of those kind that you pay in advance and there is no monthly bill. We have the meds we need. No all natural food. I think the other stuff is just fine. My belt line would prove that it works. We don't have anything except the normal monthly bills that all households get. I use only one credit card (but I use it alot every month) but it always gets paid off as soon as the bill comes in. My ass looks ok to me. I drive a 2010 Chevy Avalanche LTZ - not economical but really a fun toy to drive. The wife drives a 2008 Santa Fe. We don't consider ourselves wealthy. Just careful as to how we manage our money. Wealth means different things to different people. Because I live the kind of lifestyle that I enjoy, I consider myself wealthy BUT somebody like Bill Gates would think I'm a redneck. Hot dogs are my favorite food - not something exotic.
     

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