Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pursuing Happiness without Money

An Austrian millionaire is giving away his entire fortune.

"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."


  1. on a personal level, I am thankful someone is taking up this pursuit.

    on a philosophical level, he's simply trading hedonism for asceticism as his course to achieve meaning.

    interesting pursuit, though wrought with self-righteous pitfalls.

    i hear the words of ecclesiastes ringing in my ears.

    alas, there is nothing new under the sun.

  2. Alaina, the pendulum from rich to poor has swung in this guy's life, but perhaps he missed Jesus in the process. I found it fascinating that anyone would take this kind of step on their own volition. What could possibly motivate a person to do this?