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."

2 comments:

  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.

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  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?

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