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Is the desire to have lots of money a delusion?

Asked by talljasperman (21744points) September 6th, 2013

I watch the commodities on BNN and I wonder if I had some extra money to spend that I could buy shares in a gold mine and swim around in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. Is this a mental illness to try to get all the gold and to go showing it off and making it rain gold coins? Or just to touch a gold coin and dream?

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johnpowell's avatar

Invest in the Hoffman crew. Proven winners with a awesome track-record in environmental destruction for minimal gains.

DWW25921's avatar

MetLife seems to be the only financial company that always seems to stay out of trouble… I’d invest with them if I could. Oh, and mutual funds. I’d get mutual funds.

serenade's avatar

All desires are the delusion that the thing desired is separate from our being.

talljasperman's avatar

@johnpowell I watched the Hoffman crew in Peru… and Jungle Gold a crew destroyed a coco planation for a little vial of gold.

Jeruba's avatar

The desire can be perfectly real, in the sense that you actually have it. You don’t just imagine having the desire.

The delusion is in whatever mistaken belief makes a person desire it. As long as you have enough to get by without suffering privation or constant worry, having more isn’t necessarily going to improve your life very much.

gondwanalon's avatar

I have invested in the stock market for the last 30 years and have what the average person would call a whole lot of money. I stayed the course through all of the crashes and popped bubbles. Mostly S&P 500 and low risk stocks.

I also buy gold bullion as a hedge against hyper inflation should that ever occur.

Would that strategy work for you? Que sera sera.

ETpro's avatar

Delusion is a false yet fervently held belief. It would be delusional to think that one can easily parlay a small investment in commodities of precious metals into a vast fortune. Only a tiny handful of penny-ante investors have ever hit it rich. But some do. Wanting to do it is fine so long as you’re realistic enough about the potential to not let failure to achieve that goal ruin life for you.

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