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    More To ThatLawrence Yeo10 min
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    • DellwoodBarker8 months ago

      🏆 Gold 🏆… Ironically (?) 😉

    • jeff
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      8 months ago

      Given the title, I think this article should have been about currency instead of wealth. Currency really is a highly abstract collective delusion whereas wealth is very real. It seems to me that the real thrust of the article is that we're all obsessed with accumulating resources throughout our lives and that we shouldn't be since we won't need resources when we're dead. I think this is seriously oversimplifying things.

      Short of being a beggar, living day-to-day off the kindness of strangers, you're going to need to accumulate some level of wealth. This isn't even a problem unique to humans. If a squirrel died with a large cache of nuts, would you shake your head and write a preachy article about how it must have never really lived? Personally I think the squirrel that starved to death because it failed to store enough nuts makes for a better cautionary tale.

      • bill
        Top reader of all time
        8 months ago

        Yeah. Your comment makes sense. The article is risky af, but I think it works. Basically, in order to walk out this "Nothingness of Money” concept through various scenarios (in a relatively short piece) the author basically has to cement an undeniably wild idea within the first few minutes: Money is fake, means nothing, etc.

        And you're right, it's a huge oversimplification. But still, I appreciate the risk and love the article for it. A sentence like this, I think, encapsulates everything:

        It is so interwoven into the fabric of society that even our physical health depends upon how abstract numbers on a screen can be converted into tangible meals.

        Total oversimplification. And really dramatic language. But still, something quite fascinating to ponder. Something that contains some truth that most of us can't help but ignore, day in and day out.

    • bill
      Top reader of all time
      8 months ago

      Damn. Definitely head-exploding.

      Wisdom is the co-existence of contradictory truths, and money is the clearest example of this.

      Money is great. But it doesn't matter to me. Reading this article was an upside-down and backwards experience for me, because I think I might be one of the few people who have spent too much time thinking about my own death, my purpose, my identity, and the meaning of my life. And, frankly, de-prioritizing money. Especially recently.

      The meaning of life is love. Work is love made visible. And what you pay attention to grows.

      In my life so far, I have lived through long stretches of time with lots of money and long stretches of time with very little. Here's what I think I know, for now at least:

      (1) Being in “survival” territory (homeless, hungry) is a nightmarish hell. Having some amount of money to stay out of that zone is a huge reducer of life-altering stress. (2) Once you're above that point, there is zero correlation between money and happiness. (3) In the game of life, money is power. With lots of it, you can bend the world in any direction you choose.

    • loundytampa8 months ago

      Great read … I feel like there’s a big assumption in this article that most people dislike/hate their jobs. Money is just a bonus to people who love their occupation.

    • kellyalysia
      Reading streak
      8 months ago