A Room With a Southern View

Thoughts on Life and Liberty from an Average Middle-Class Kentuckian

Money Can’t Buy Happiness ???

on July 14, 2014

We’ve all heard the idiom, “Money can’t buy happiness;” and it’s true that there are many very wealthy sad people. If one is inherently sad, money won’t change your attitude. There is a level of happiness that transcends money. But I also think that idiom is invoked by poor folks to keep the specter of hopelessness away, or by people of means who are just insensitive to the plight of the less fortunate.

Most everyone can find others who are worse off, if they look hard enough. And everyone can find things in their life to be happy and thankful for, if they look hard enough. However, to attribute all sadness, hopelessness, depression, and worry to an attitude problem is just wrong. Many people have good reasons for feeling sad and hopeless.

Don’t you think the unemployed person who is losing their home to foreclosure would be happier with more money?

What about parents who have to feed their children cheap processed foods rather than fresh organic produce and lean meats? Don’t you think they’d be happier with a little more money?

What about the child who has never had a birthday party because her parents can’t afford it? Do you think money would make her happier? And how do think her parents feel, knowing they can’t give their child a birthday cake or presents?

Look at photos on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, etc. How many sad faces do you see in those photos of Caribbean cruises, Hawaiian vacations, guided Alaskan hunting trips, fishing trips to the Great Lakes, new homes, new cars, new clothes?

I’m not promoting materialism. I do believe ‘stuff’ alone can’t make everyone happy, but it can certainly add a new dimension to our lives. It greases the gears.

Would I be happier if I had plenty of money to easily pay for things such as our electric bill, water bill, insurance bill, gas for our cars, medical bills, school clothes for our kids, healthy food for my family? Well, do I really need to answer that?

Every time I hear someone say, “Money can’t buy happiness,” I think, “Do you know what it’s like to not have the money to pay for basic things like electric, water, and groceries? Do you eat processed crap because fresh produce costs too much? Do you not take your children to the doctor when they get sick, because you don’t have the money to pay the doctor and put gas in your car to get there and back? Do you have to borrow money when your car breaks down and it’s $400 to get it fixed, and then wonder how you’re going to pay back that $400? Do you sit at home all summer, or do you go on vacation with your family? Do you wear old worn out clothes just so you can buy school clothes for your kids? Is it 85 degrees in your house because you can’t afford air conditioning? And do you sit wrapped in blankets in a cold house during the winter because you can’t afford to pay the electric bill?”

I really didn’t intend for this post to be political, but politics and the decisions our politicians make effect everything we do. In the USA today the people who are suffering most from inflation and taxation are the hard-working lower middle class. This is the ‘hidden poverty class’ in our country. People who qualify as ‘poverty-level’ get help from everywhere. Here in Kentucky an annual income of $50,000 will provide a family with their basic needs plus a little extra. In 2011, I would have said $40,000. So in a matter of three years families need an extra $10,000 per year to just maintain their standard of living. That extra $10k is going for more expensive food, fuel, electric, insurance… things we can’t do without.

I’m not a materialistic person. I don’t need or want to be rich. I just want to have enough to maintain what I’ve got.

Can money buy happiness? Sometimes. It certainly makes life easier. It brings opportunities. I’m angry that wealthy politicians in cushy jobs continue to take away the dreams that my family has worked so hard for.  I’m tired of Socialists trying to kill the American middle-class.  We need politicians who love the American dream, who strive for a free market economy, who want to see a strong independent middle-class, and who support our Constitution.

Whether you know it (or want to admit it) or not, we are in a war for our way of life. The time is closing in when we all will have to choose which side we want to stand with, there will be no neutral ground. If you think politics is distasteful and you want to just sit back and watch, then realize that in the fight for America — if you’re not for her, you’re against her.

 

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