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Could you ever say that you're too rich?

Asked by Christian95 (3260points) February 2nd, 2009
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nikipedia's avatar

Depends on what you mean. I think you can become so rich that people treat you differently, and so rich that you become morally obligated to do something meaningful with your money—which is easier said than done.

marinelife's avatar


Although I don’t think great wealth is as much a blessing as it is a burden. (I think it separates people from everyday life experience, which has a tendency to skew people’s ideas of who they are unless they are very well grounded.) It’s also terrible for your offspring.

On the other hand, it confers great power. If I had it, I have all sorts of ideas and programs I would put in place to improve the world.

dynamicduo's avatar

I think one is too rich when they start focusing all their time and effort on their money and abandon interactions with friends and family in order to pursue wealth. On the flip side, this means one is not my stereotype of “rich” if one can remain human while sitting on big stacks of cash, such as Bill Gates by means of donating his money to his foundation for helping people around the world.

Sakata's avatar

No. You can never have enough money.

You’re broke and just need enough money for gas.
You just need a bit more to get a house.
You are just shy of being able to get another car.
A little bit more and you can get that 2nd home.
Almost there to getting a personal jet.
Few more well placed investments and you can afford that island.
Just about able to buy Microsoft.
If I only had more money I could build an Army.
Few more dollars and I can rule the world.

Again, no, you can never have enough money because your lifestyle will change to accommodate how much money you have which leads to you always wanting more.

Harp's avatar

While I don’t think this is the kind of judgment one should pass on others, I can definitely see how I could reach a point where I felt I had too much material stuff. As things are now in my life, our family has just enough to be comfortable by spartan standards, and maybe enough to maintain that standard through the near future. Major upgrades, like a redo of our 40s-era kitchen, are out of reach at the moment, but we make do. So overall, by American middle class standards, we’re hovering near the bottom, but not sinking.

Frankly, this is where my psyche is most at ease. I’ve never really aspired to more than this, and the idea of having more than I need disturbs me. My scruples aren’t about social justice or other such grand ideals, really. It has more to do with my determination to keep a balanced perspective. I’ve worked hard to develop the ability to say “no” and “enough” to myself, and that has served me well in life, from a mental if not a financial perspective.

That said, my lack of material ambition has been a source of marital discord at times.

Dog's avatar

Life is like playing Monopoly.
It seems like The more you have, the more expensive things are ie: you get a jet plane then you need a pilot etc.

I suppose if you were a person of restraint and common sense you could indeed have too much money. In which case you would likely use it to help others.

marinelife's avatar

GA, as almost always, to Harp. Reading Harp’s response makes me want to add that in terms on happiness and contentment, there has been no correlation in my life with the amount of money I had.

Sakata's avatar

I, personally, want enough money to buy God.
Kill people money.
Slave owning money.
So much money I pay someone to open doors for my doorman.
But that’s just me.

Grisson's avatar

One can’t ever be too rich.
But one can be rich enough.

At some point in @Sakata‘s list the focus shifts from money to power.

Sakata's avatar

Doesn’t money typically lead to power anyway?
That’s kinda how things have always worked.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

Yes. I guess I would be the prime example. I was just accepted into college and am now faced with how to pay for it. My brother is in college at the same time, which means at least $100,000 a year in tuition alone for my parents to pay, let alone mortgages, cars, insurance, food, clothes, bills, etc. There is certainly no way we can pay for it without scholarship money, but I can’t get any financial aid because on paper we are too rich.

Sakata's avatar

A friend of mine got married. Few years later his wife’s family came into A LOT of money. He’s always lived poor and is quite capable of doing the same now, but once the bills and expenses aren’t a factor anymore things change. He still finds himself wanting more just like he always did when he was poor. Only difference is now it’s upgraded from “I want a reliable car” to getting a new car every year. Fixing up the house. Spending over $100 a week on DVD’s. A flat screen TV in every room. All little things but they come along with the lifestyle change and they add up. I can only assume that if he was given an infinite amount of money things wouldn’t be any different.

(Refer to the last sentence in my 1st answer)

chameleon's avatar

yes i could, in africa i would be a milionare. True is money, doesn`t make you rich. In fact anything doesn`t make you rich. Rich is just another expression for greed

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