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The Great American Money Myth

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- 2343 days ago -
Have been wondering about this topic for many moons now. Had never bought the idea that money was the answer to everything. But had always had much fun spending it as we wished too. But greed is so far out of control, that there ain't been left.

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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 9:52 pm
great quote! goes straight into my favorite-q-collection:

" The (XIV.) Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered: "Man. Because he sacrifices health in order to make money. The he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
" The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside us while we live. " -- Norman Cousins (1915-1990)
" Einige leben vor ihrem Tode, andere nach ihrem Tode. Die meisten Menschen leben aber weder vor noch nach demselben; sie lassen sich gemaechlich in die Welt herein und aus der Welt hinaus vegetieren. " -- Apokryphen, S. 1314
" Some live before their death, some live after their death. But most people live neither before nor after it; they only let themselves leisurely vegetate into the world and out again. " [my transl.] -- Johann Gottfried Seume (1763-1810)
" Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try. " -- Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001)


wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 9:57 pm
> The world's great wisdom traditions consistently inform us that the material stuff... is not what ..matters.
yep. BUT
" Generally, sure enough, the wise people of all times have been saying the same, and the fools - i.e. the overwhelming majority - of all times have been doing the same, that is to say the very opposite; and that's also how it's going to stay. {my (amateurish) translation}" -- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) Aphorismen zur Lebensweisheit;
Orig.: " " Im allgemeinen freilich haben die Weisen aller Zeiten immer dasselbe gesagt, und die Toren, d.h. die unermessliche Majoritaet aller Zeiten, haben immer dasselbe, naemlich das Gegenteil getan; und so wird es denn auch ferner bleiben. "


P A (117)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:25 am
The Dalai Lama is quite correct - and all the main religions of the world have said the same - yet people still won't listen!

P A (117)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:25 am
Thanks for sending me this Michael D - I have always loved and respected the Dalai Lama....

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:57 am
I also love the John Lennon quote and Arlo Guthrie! This really does say it all. Be happy NOW!

Judy C (97)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:58 am
This article somehow reminds me of something my little granddaughter (age 8) said. We have lived below the poverty level since long before she was born. My daughter has been at university for years. My granddaughter goes to a wealthy school, though, and a friend's mom takes her on expensive play dates sometimes. Her little friend said, we like to take you, because you are poor. My granddaghter replied, "Oh we'e not POOR. We just don't have any money".

Susan L (150)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 1:34 am
Great piece, Michael. Love the image w/Dalai Lama and his quote.

Ameer T (24)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 1:37 am
Happiness is a state of being. when one realizes that it is dependant on nothing but inner peace and satisfaction, almost all problems disappear instantly. We as humans just dont have the right value system. we attach value to things that are fleeting in nature. when these come by we seem to be happy and when these go away we tend to be sad. How ridicolous is that? It is like saying that i will be happy when the sky is cloudy or when it rains. When it does or doesn't will always be beyond me.

So why even bank on something outside myself to reach a condition within myself?

Michael Carney (217)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 1:53 am
Noted, thanks Michael...I wish everyone Happiness...

Quanta Kiran (67)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 2:25 am

Calliope S (47)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 2:49 am
They say that we are all students and we are all teachers. I have found this to be true. Thank you Michael for this post that carries profound wisdom and sheds light on the gift of life. The Dalai Lama is one of our greatest masters and the messages from John lennon and Arlo Guthrie serve as reminders to follow the path of joy found in daily simplicity and the awe of creation. Also thank you wolf a for the wise quotes posted.
The article written by Ronald Nilson has truly hit the nail on the head. Needless to say I have made copies all this information to spread the word to as many people as possible.
The question is how did we get so lost? How is it that world history has not shown us the senselessness in suffering. It is the sate of our mind that is the true ruler of our being.
The state of our mind has been tampered with and indoctrinated in to unproductive thoughts and ideas that we have adopted as our own. Its the human condition that keeps us in some turmoil or other based of false ideas of our worth. It is a struggle for us to escape the false thoughts and rediscover ourselves. Every thing has been dictated to us from what we should look like, how we should think, our priorities and our self value is based on non truths. Discovering oneself could be the best journey of one's life. There are many great masters that help us dismiss the false identity and reconnect with who we really are. Being a lover of quotes, I cannot help but post a little quote that also speaks volumes of the gentleness of joy.

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common -- this is my symphony.

William Henry Channing - (May 25, 1810 Ė December 23, 1884)

Tania King (112)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 2:58 am
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
Thanks dear Michael.

Edwin M (346)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 4:05 am
Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
Benjamin Franklin


Joe R (190)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 4:26 am
We have certainly bought into the money myth. Onward OWS! Thanks Michael. Noted.

Ex T (131)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 4:31 am
Noted and thanks Michael!

Terry King (113)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 5:01 am
I'm going to spend today being happy!

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 5:17 am
noted, thanks Michael!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 5:24 am
Thank you.

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 5:59 am

Lisa N (207)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 6:51 am
Noted, thank you Michael.

Victoria P (113)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 7:35 am
Noted with thanks for the OpEd article and the Dalai Lama quote!!

lee e (114)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 7:56 am
I wish I could say that I've lived the wisdom so many of you have posted - I haven't - even with my years of buddhist study - I'm still obsessed to a degree with my sub-poverty standard of living, and the debt that hounds me - I'm so thankful when I'm redirected out of self and into the now - that all things are transient after all! Thanks Michael for posting, thanks Wolf, Judy, Calliope and so many others who re evaluate the true meaning of this rat race of a ground hog day so many of us find ourselves in! On my best days I recognize these truths - but I still fail and fall into ego-maniacal thinking that if I can simply get out of debt (which was brought on by health loss, and daughter's college), if I can only pay off the rest of my daughter's college debt to allow her to pursue a grad degree - an endless stream of "if onlys" that prevent me from participating in the now - the precious present - I need to meditate more, and be grateful for the life I've been given! Thank you all for sharing your strengths - and please be patient with fools like me!!

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 8:27 am
Very inspiring.Thanks Michael

penny C (83)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 8:46 am
I love the Dalai Lama.Thanks for this article Michael.

Kamila A (141)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 9:16 am
Here's the heart of it: "We are rich. You want to be rich. In order to become rich you must do what we do. What we do is make sure all the entitlements that go into making us rich stay in place. That means low or no taxes, fewer of the regulations on banks and industry that get in the way of even bigger profits, and keeping in place a class of citizens who act out their envy of our lifestyle by paying big bucks to buy the stuff that makes us rich and allows them to pretend they're just like us.

The rich know as long as people are convinced the myth is true, and are consumed with pursuing the illusion to the distraction of all else, there is little danger of anyone discovering the lie and disrupting the status quo. The myth also works well for justifying the unethical and/or immoral things that people (and organizations) may have to do in order to acquire and keep the source of their millions. When everyone agrees that making tons of money is the ultimate goal, the ends give easy permission to whatever means are necessary. Additionally, the rich also know that failure to maintain the deception will result in that which is most feared - namely the very thing happening now in "Occupieds" all over the country - awakened victims refusing to play the game any longer."
and it goes on to talk about the 3 main flaws involved with this myth, and it is spot-on.
It is a con, though a small handful do arrive at the big results, those few are born with certain lucky stars over their heads. Read the book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell and you will see even more how things really are. For example, Bill Gates' success has more to do with his timing of birth and location, together with his brilliant mind that all created the setting for his success. Football players tend to all share birthdays in one part of the year. Asian children have an easier time with math and therefore become the outstanding students because of the way their language makes it easy to grasp concepts, etc. etc.

Thank you Michael. The game is over, soon enough. It is time for a kindness revolution.

David C (129)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 9:41 am
Dalai Lama is one more people should be like....loved John Lennon quote, too........

#1 -- can't take your money or toys with you when you why not spend more of the time sharing....

#2 -- money can't buy happiness although too many seem to think it does....

#3 -- we don't criticize those who get wealthy in part due to birth and genetics ..... inheritance, athletes or entertainers who get their size/speed/connections because of genetics.... but we do criticize teachers and laborers as being overpaid.....

#4 -- money breeds greed...seems that the more you have the more you want....can rarely ever be satisfied, more addictive than anything else.....

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 9:42 am
Noted, and once again with thanks, Michael.
Thanks, too, for the Dalai Lama quote. It's a keeper.

Ellen m (215)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 10:10 am
All money gets you is "stuff", although I jsve found that it comes in quite hant for payig rent and bills, as well as eating ocassionaly..but it will not by you true love, or respect, or that ultimate journey we are all on to bring about change. (unless you're PAC)
If you have to ask yourself "What can I buy that will make me happy", you have obviously not been paying attention to life, and took the wrong fork on the road of life and that journey will get you no where, and lost.
Thanks for this Michael.
PS..Seeing Arlo on April 15th!

Suzy F (94)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 10:49 am
Thanks, Michael. I posted this on FB as well. And thank you, Wolf A, for the wonderful quotes which I snagged and posted on Facebook as well.

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 10:53 am
That's weird, I was just equating the keystone pipeline and big oil with being all concerned with money, money, money.
Great article Michael. It's not only an american myth though. Call it a human myth.
I hate money actually. The only possible reason I need it is to 'buy' things, 'buy' space, 'buy' food, 'buy' means of doing things. The way it's rigged is if you don't have this thing called money you will die or close to it. How did it get this way?
While it may be an interesting game to play it's gotten way too serious. Lots of other games to play.

Tim C (2420)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 10:59 am

Holly Lawrence (430)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 11:23 am
Thank you Michael .. this is so true and is something our young folks need to realize ....I think those who think that money can make you happy are the same who think that if you move - move to another place - all will be fine .. oh, woe..our troubles go right along! Thanks Again !!
Noted and shared ...:)

Carmen S (611)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:11 pm
noted, thanks Michael for this inspiring article

Lydia S (155)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:39 pm
Great post ! Its very true about people & the money chase and to me many seem to worship the money God,
I like the ending line ' Real wealth can only be obtained through enlightenment '
All that said certainly money does help , I must feed my family on somewhat of a budget , Family includes
not just the humans but the five cats & two dogs and of course a few bird feeders so the cats can watch from the window , So being neither incredibly poor or rich , I related to the post and enjoyed it .
Thanks .

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:41 pm
Thank you, Michael, and Dalai Lama as well!

Elizabeth P (99)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:57 pm
Thank you for the great info, and really good feedback.

Patricia E G (54)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 2:12 pm
The Dali Lama's Ancient Wisdom's prevail today.
Are you listening 1% "You can't take it with you to your grave!"

Michael, Great Pictures of John Lennon and a young Arlo Guthrie
Thank you

Susan L (150)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 2:18 pm
There are SO MANY remarkably good comments here. Lee, I admire your complete honesty - but don't feel that you are much different than others here (or all around you) in your struggles. Money is, unfortunately, a requirement in our lives. Most of us have had or do struggle with it every day and it is a huge stress factor in our lives when we have none. I often look back at my life to remind myself that I DO make it through and it helps keep my outlook positive.

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 3:18 pm

. (0)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 3:55 pm
noted with thanks, Michael, thanks for sending this my way and all so true!

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 3:57 pm
Is a perfect quote by the Dalai Lama.

What people are not taking into account is the programming that they have been subjected to. This society in order to be good little worker bees and to make the few Elites rich beyond measure, had to be programmed to do what this society did.

Once we acquired these items, they also had designed the items to give out at a pre set time. In the past, things were made to last, but if they last you didn't buy another one, so the ones who invented things were "paid" not to make things to last. And we were told that to work work work was all that made someone valuable.

It's been a whole sale job, not to beneifit us, but to benefit the Few at the top that would get extremely rich. In doing so we have wrecked our health, our environments, and had little time to enjoy our families or do the fun things in life, dance, sing, paint, craft, play music, visit with friends or family. The goal of society should be to make sure everyone has enough food to keep them full, a decent shelter to stay warm, dry, safe, medical as they need it, and beyond that should be time to have leisure.

When the Industrial Revolution happened it should of freed up the Laborers to give them more time, but that would not make the Elites rich, so the whole consumption thing went to work. It was all planned and studied by experts in the fields that study human nature.....the mind.

Now the Elites can make their money from credit default swaps, scamming and robbing the public in their various schemes, while they paid those in Office that was suppose to protect us, didn't, and they themselves got rich in the process. Just look at the income of those in office today verses in the past......they work to keep themselves comfortable, they don't care about you or who suffers for them. They are all in it together.

We don't need so much money if we had a system that was not set up to exist this way. These are man made conditions, and then they want us to feel guilty or bad when we start feeling that something is wrong, or why did we want this money to begin with or the items that we were conditioned from babies on up to all want.

What I'm trying to say is don't beat up on yourselves but do try to get beyond it, all the conditioning, and come out of the fog and realize there are other ways to exist, and to understand that these conditions were set in motion by the Elites long before you were born even. Even the Woman's Movement was to suck the women into this crazy rat race, but they don't tell you that, they tell you it's to empower you, to give you equal rights, when we should of been figuring how to go into a less patricarchal system and more into a matriarchal one where the women would of certainly been empowerd without having to join the insanity.

But we are a long way off to that system, I'll not see it in my lifetime, it is what was destroyed that the First Nations people had enjoyed. Is why this insanity of culture had to kill them all off or turn them into the people who would go along with this insane system. They couldn't have the First Nations people informing too many of the "serfs" and "slaves" that lived under the European system of classes to realize one can live nicely and not have classes, or some having everything while others had nothing. True Equality and living nicely under a matricarchal system, no no no, those men would not have that. Must shut those voices and ideas from ever taking hold.

So the only way I can survive in this insanity.....and it is, we all know to have peace within myself. I live with the insanity all around me, I do not have to take it on, and I must do enough of living in it to be able to feed myself and keep a roof over my head. All of us deserve at least that much, our Earth Mother provides for us all it is just that some human beings refuse to allow each of us to live in that manner, they hoard the food and charge us high prices for it, they prevent us from getting to the water sources and charge us for it, then they pollute the air and water that is there, get rich by doing it and then charge us to clean it up or to have some. It is an insane way to live......I know it.....but as long as I understand it's insanity......then I can live with peace in me. I'm not trying to become what the Masters want.....they may control to a point my body, but they'll not get my spirit.....that I keep and it is peaceful.

Carlene V (202)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 4:17 pm
Great Michael. Dalai Lama and Lennon are profound and so true. Lennon's "Imagine", always has been one of my favorites.

Mary T (178)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 4:17 pm
Great article, Thanks Michael.

Darlene W (303)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 5:36 pm
Blessings to Dalai Lama--my sentiments exactly. Necessity not luxury is what life is about. Bless all who live this way and prayers to those who believe money is life.

Kim O (396)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 6:59 pm
Thanks Michael and an even bigger thanks for the awesome quotes!! Lovvvve Lennon AND the Dalai Lama!!

Debbie Hogan (115)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 7:25 pm
Biff: "Well, I spent six or seven years after high school trying to work myself up. Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And itís a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or selling or buying. To suffer fifty weeks of the year for the sake of a two week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors with your shirt off. And always to have to get ahead of the next fella. And stillóthatís how you build a future." ~Death of a Salesman Act 1~

Ah, tis the American way. Frustrating, to say the very least.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 7:56 pm
When you regard having money as being rich, then you have lost all the meaning of richness! There are many ways where I feel I am rich beyond measure! If money was not in existence we would all be rich in abundance as money does not define who we are or what we are! This is an illusion of the senses. We come into this word with none & will also depart without any! The richness of a persons life is the good we do for others, the time we share with a lonely person, when I needed food you fed me, when I needed clothing you clothed me, when I needed shelter you opened your door. When I needed a friend you were there. To me these are the riches I want to accumulate in my life, in my heart! These are what I want to be remembered by, the little things that made a difference in someone's life, in the happiness of all others in this world. When we realize how little we need, then we all know how Blessed & truly rich we all can be. Do not become a slave to the system.

lee e (114)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 8:06 pm
I reread all the comments, I reread the Dalai Lama and went to my demonstration at the Apollo theater to "ask Obama to investigate the banks" - got cold and inspired - saw the poorer than myself there, met the angry, the hopeful the young and old - I felt strangely sad that these emotions were all inspired by Money! That in the end that was the purpose of the demonstration - as I traveled along a guy said "you can get into the theater for a mere 25k a ticket", I asked if he had a nickel - he laughed, and I thought - just making him laugh made me a little bit happier - this is a very inter-dependent world - and the encouragement i get at this site - even at my most curmudgeonest - is the beauty of it! Got to thank you again Michael - it was inspired putting this out there at this time! Got to thank all who posted for their collective wisdom - I learn so much at the "aptly named" care2.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 8:19 pm
Thanks Michael.

Susanne R (235)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 8:48 pm
Outstanding article, Michael! Thank you for posting it. The Dalai Lama's words say it all.

From the time I was a young child, I worried obsessively. My worries weren't complicated. They had to do with losing my loved ones. I know that this is not a healthy way to live, and it's caused me severe anxiety, but it's something I've never been able to "fix." My obsessive worrying about those I love had one good result: I never yearned, hoped or prayed for wealth. I never even thought about it. After I married, my husband and I were fortunate enough to have a home and family and never encountered a financial crisis. I was grateful for that. Wealth, to me, was measured in the health, happiness and well-being of my loved ones. I used to think I was cursed because my obsessive worrying caused all kinds of health problems when, in actuality, I was quite fortunate. I could have jeopardized my mental and physical health obsessing over something much, much less important.

I hope the 1% suffers because of their obsession with money and the lengths to which they'll go to acquire and maintain their wealth. Since they can afford all the pleasures life has to offer, it seems only fitting that the "price" they pay for their greed should come in the form of something that all their money can't spare them a moment of --endless, obsessive, debilitating worry.

Rita D (87)
Friday January 20, 2012, 2:30 am
Thank you for this great post Michael! The Dalai Lama's words are nothing less than great Wisdom & Truth! What he teaches us is the key to happiness, fulfillment & peace. I'm trying to keep this in mind every day, but as you already mentioned: our present world seems to be based on Money and we all have tendancy to become slaves of it, in one way or another, it seems so hard to step out of that system, but we will have to create new alternatives if we want to save the planet and alle living creatures, otherwise we will go straight to hell (sorry for putting it this way :( ) but I believe lots of people realize that we are standing on an important crossroad now!
If you don't mind I'm going to borrow that wise quote and put it on my profile page, then I will reflect still even more on what is really important and live up to that ;) thx af lot for your contributions dear Michael!

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Friday January 20, 2012, 2:41 am
Many Americans worship money as the almighty. There in lies our problems.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday January 20, 2012, 6:02 am
Lee, we are so glad you are with us on C2.....And good for you joining the others outside. We need to band together, and those who are in better health need to get off their sofa's and join us outside. We are doing in our town, Wednesdays and Saturdays, in downtown, with our signs, to keep the message out there. If the rest of the people see us enough, think of us enough, then maybe they too will also start to do something for this world to save it.

Because beyond the need for money, this system itself is doomed to failure, the planet only has so much finite resources and once their gone, their gone. At some point, some generation has to stand up and begin the process to bring the worlds people into a self-sustaining way of living. It will not be the ultra rich that will be left to freeze and go hungry, they will protect with armies if need be the remaining resources to take care of their needs, they will keep a few slaves to assure those resources are brought to them to keep them in the comfort they want, a few servants to cater to them.......the rest of us and our offspring will be left to die off.

It doesn't have to go that way......if the shift by the masses takes place. So get off the sofa's and roll up the sleeves, let those around you know what is taking place.......walk them out of the fog.

I want to share this video that another C2 member left on another thread. Now for those good in math this video will move along for you rather easily. For me, who is not mathematically inclined......I was still able to get the concept of it......thankfully he puts enough charts in there. lol But math is a fact......if you have 2 + 2 you ALWAYS get 4. So for those who think there is some way out of this by doing 0 effort to change the direction we are going in......the math states otherwise.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday January 20, 2012, 8:13 am
Michael D. I see where you are trying to leave comments on your own thread, yet I get blank for wording and I notice nothing is showing up here either. I'm so sorry, I'd contact C2. Also try these links, they may help.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday January 20, 2012, 3:56 pm
Great article, thanks Michael!

. (0)
Friday January 20, 2012, 3:58 pm
noted...thanks for the article Michael.Instead of controlling our control us and has for a long time. Don't get me wrong. It's GREAT to have it, but it doesn't hold the key to happiness ..alone.

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday January 20, 2012, 7:18 pm
Thanks Michael.
I've always felt that we are here only to love, help, take care of our home planet and bring happiness to others

Sheryl G (360)
Friday January 20, 2012, 7:43 pm
The vultures may be winning now....but I still have hope. Please watch this video, you'll see why.

Saturday January 21, 2012, 10:41 am
Very inspiring. I believe like Jesus that the kingdom of heaven lays within; not in materialist accumulation and paper currency. This is why cable TV is so dangerous. 90% of corporate media push a philosophy of capitalist exploitation.

For the last two years we the people have been fed a diet of republican and democratic candidates pushing people like Romney, Grincich, and Obama. We must demand an alternative.

Greed and capitalist exploitation is not the answer. Love is the answer.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday January 21, 2012, 2:45 pm
Thank you, Michael. I spent the last seven days being offline (yeah, I know, ya didn't miss me, that's ok LOL) with my dogs and my other half. I am content in my life. I am content in my life when I am not around people or the 'outside' world of greed, destruction and money we don't have. I am very wealthy in love and personal contentment, I am dollar poor. But, somehow we always manage to buy what is necessary for living and truly, at the end of the day, that is all that matters. I do not need vast sums of money to be content or happy or to one-up the next person. That makes me very wealthy. I am happy in my 'poverty' way more than say someone like.....Romney or Gingrich...they will never know contentment or personal happiness. I have all that I need or want. They, and those like them, never will. Envy them or what they 'own'? Not me. I have more than they ever will. So do most all of us here. :)

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Sunday January 22, 2012, 12:27 am
There'll be no contentment (well some for just trying to do what is right.) in me until all can go fishing or to work when ever they feel towards both.

Lakmal Bandara (0)
Sunday January 22, 2012, 4:51 pm
Great article Micheal. Thanks.

It looks like many westen people love Dalai^^ Im asian buddhist and i cant find a Dalai lama fans over here.


01. Yes US is struggling to create a US friendly spot near china for a long time that was still not successful due to its sleeping devil..china.

02. US have two choces to create a new enimy against china. TAIWAN AND TIBET.

03. Thats why Dalai lama is there in US most of the time and US media is
bothering about him too^^

04. Dalai lama is a political charactor. Not a phylosopher. Thats the truth
that the US politicians always be careful to hide to the US public.

05. There are many great phylosophycal buddhist monks in my country.
Does America love them ?

06. The real reason why china is tough against TAIWAN AND TIBET is simple and logical. THE ANSWER IS "AMERICA"...."To stop america from taking an advantage from them.



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ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Monday January 23, 2012, 10:11 am

Also here my comment disappeared, just saying:

Lika P (130)
Monday January 23, 2012, 9:44 pm
That's the biggest thing right there... The "American Dream" = Rich. "Land of Opportunity" = Money driven. Why do people have to be money driven and rich to have attained the dream in the land of opportunity?

Anyway, I don't get paid as a mother. My son is smart, well behaved, compassionate, etc... He gives of his time, and doesn't cave into peer pressure, and does his own thing, rather than follow the crowd. Independent thinker, and has a good relationship with my hubby (stepdad) and I. I eke by financially, but, as a mother, I'd say I'm highly successful.

For my job, I am a home care aid. I could get paid $5/hr more an hour if I went to a nursing home, but I don't believe in "assembly line health care". I am more effective in people's homes, where I think I can make a bigger difference helping people in their day to day cares. And to them, it's all the difference in the world. Yet I get paid "chicken feed" in comparison to other professions. But, because of my top of the line care, I am a successful aid, and I'm at the bottom of the pay scale.

John Lennon has it right, or should I say his mother did teaching him.

greenplanet e (155)
Friday January 27, 2012, 10:28 pm
True, greed isn't good.

There are other things that have more value than piles of dough.
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