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Great post, Kent, and I think this goes hand in hand with your earlier post on contentment and appreciating your happiness w/ fewer material things.

A quote from that last post:

"I love to go and see all the things I am happy without." ~ Socrates

This line from Socrates wonderfully expresses my outlook on things these last few years. It's great to have nice things, but I find it even more enjoyable to do without and/or admire things (a work of art, a beautiful car) from afar w/o having to posses them.

It's really our friends, family, health, and state of mind that make us "rich" in the truest sense.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Yes, that Socrates quote sums up my material views quite nicely as well.

If I see a person driving a $50,000 car or SUV, for example, I do not see an aspiration -- I see a tremendous debt, a large ongoing expense (gas, maintenance) and a quickly depreciating asset. I immediately feel "richer" because I am free of such a tremendous burden and what I would perceive as quite a visible reminder of a foolish decision...


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This is a wonderful post.The 'balance' is so intrinsic to Buddhist and Zen philosophies and normally we see it in spiritual/ exotic terms only. But your post made me see it in terms of practical terms. What good is pursuit of wealth of my health suffers from it? What good is working overtime to make more money when I have to spend it on medical bills or premiums to insurance companies.

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