I f you’re not culturally confused, you’re not paying attention. You want crazy? Juxtapose American cultural money wisdom like blocks in a line and examine. It’s all there; warning, ridicule, love, pretend indifference, shame, justified “greed”, glorification, worship, and fear. Examine cinema. It’s primal.
Money’s a fight for life. It’s Primal. It gets our hearts pumping–job interview, a call back. Ever committed to a mortgage? Get your heart started? Office politics.
H o w many times have you bought stuff on Amazon lately, or is that today? Can’t remember? That’s a clue. Do you think at all about prices while in the grocery store? Would that be thinking absently, consciously, or calculatedly? And gas prices? Gas price talk can also be a rich/not rich detector. Final question–vacations? Take vacations, every year–four times a year? So then, are you rich?
So are you rich? What answer knee-jerked to mind? What answer are you left with after some thought? Hold both answers aloft and look. Whatever you’re seeing is yours. Mint it to mind. We can use that energy later. Can dogs be trained? Same for us. We simply need to know which commands to give to realize fulfillment of our idea of rich. Isn’t that the real goal?
Is a vacation here rich? What about two times a year–that includes X-Mas.
H a v e you ever believed anyone who told you that they “don’t care about money, or what others think?” We have. Nonsense. The truth seems to be that most people care quite a bit about both. No problem, in a culturally rational society. This is America, and we Americans.
What do you say when someone says to you in word or reaction “I don’t care about money.” You respond promptly hand forward “Give me $100 dollars.”
Creating clarity from our own mists and fog can be hard. So’s investing and there’s a reason we strive to do it better. Your exact “whys” are in your mist and fog. Why search fog for vague footprints of our own? Because life is easier in the harder spots when you know why you’re doing it.
Money is symbol and investing returns representative of something that makes personal sense. What is that for you? Learn what your investing means to you, because it’s not simple addition/subtraction. We say security, increased freedom, more options. The things we purchase have their place yet aren’t usually the point either.
Security and comfort go a great distance in explaining the energy investors spend on their work. Money’s personal. Idiosyncratic and quirky we are, in our motivations. Nonsense? Irrelevant? Not really. Actually, your main motivation plant’s located somewhere down in the middle of that psychic mustard. Maybe it’s in your psychic septic tank. It’s mostly all there–the scared and the good. We’ll try to explain.
W h a t’s rich then? People think our president’s rich and he is. But Trump’s not really in the same…same…same class of rich as the Lions of Winter–Buffet, Bezos, and Jamie Dimon. So what is he? Pretty rich?
Fat Henry was King, and yet no fruit 3/4 seasons. If Henry wished to travel he needed to prepare for significant time away from the royal seat. Any journey of any distance was slowish, rough, and taxing. On the other hand, we have fruit, flights, and flicks, and medicine. We win. We’re richer then Henry was. But Henry was never required to remove his shoes or submit to a cavity search.
Wealth in cultural America is luxury. Luxury is exclusivity, privilege, and freedom. Americans love cruising. The cruise industry’s all over the exclusive thing now. It’s now “private villas” on cruise ships. Some 5000sqft.
Cruise lines are launching ships featuring what the industry calls a “ship within a ship.” Cruiselines are offering step-up options they call “aspirational luxury.” Exclusivity is the main feature of each. They’re selling heads as well as beds.
Fruit in season translates into very little fruit on a year round basis. Henry the VIII is widely considered to have been “wealthy.” Yet he had access to almost none of the food stuffs or consumer products we use everyday, at prices that only capitalism could provide. Except the iPhone X. It’s expensive by almost anyone’s standard.
T h e average supermarket now contains approximately 55,000 products. One third are corn derivatives. Of those items, most are available regularly. Relative to incomes most people are able to afford much of this inventory. Is that rich?
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