reply to post by jontap
I think American's idea of wealth is tremendously askew. I for one am the wealthiest person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, I haven't got a
lot of money, no, but I have a wealth of knowledge in my thiry eight years I probably know twice if not more than any rich, educated ellite will in
their entire lifetime. I have a wealth of love from my family, my children were loved and mothered, not "Nannified" My children would never run up
into their school with AK-47's and kill their peers and teachers, because they were taught by me, that respect for everything living and doing right
will bring you great fortune, not taught by the school system and raised by television and video games. Don't get me wrong, they do watch TV and play
the games, even as a family we played. Oh yeah they got that, too, my time and fun times it were. They also don't want for anything, we aren't the
richest in money, but they are fed, clothed, and have a home (not a house, a home, there is a huge difference), and they have the love of both of
their parents whom still are together without marriage for 17 years now. Their choices are respected, even though I may not agree with them (they
rarely ever make a truly awful choice, because they know right from wrong). They may not get the iphones and ipod touches and PS3 and xboox 360 (they
do have the older gaming systems), and no cell phones at all, but they get something way more valuable than that, the love and support of their
parents. Sure sometimes it's a drag for them. But we can talk about it, unlike most of the HIGH CLASS, We aren't estranged from our children.
So if you ask me, I am the wealthiest, happiest person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
I don't have to break my neck 12 hours daily and neglect my children all for the accumulation of some paper with numbers on it that are well,
worthless IMHO, I will work (whenever I get my degree because there are no retail jobs that are hiring so I am advancing my knowledge well, anyway I
am get the certification for it, my knowledge in what I am doing existed prior to attending, I just didn't have the "Formal" degree, but now the
children are mostly raised two teens and one pre-teen,so), and always have worked when I could find it. But even when I get my degree, I am not going
to waste my precious time, and my precious children's time working over 40 something hours a week and never having the time to slow down and enjoy
life. No siree not me!!!!! Truth of the matte is, I do not need money to make me feel wealthy or worthy, the rest of the American public, does. Do I
worry about retirement, no not really, you see my life has been full and fullfilling, so when that bridge comes, well I will just let go of the
physical world. And I will be cremated so burial expenses are not even a factor.