How Much Money Do You Have to Have?
Here are some comments that were made by Benjamin J. Stein about ten years ago, that were first printed in The American Spectator, and then reprinted in Reader’s Digest:
How much money do you have to have to be considered rich in today’s society? Some say about $1.3 million per family member. Others say about $5 million per family. Some individuals have told me you should have unearned income of about $500,000 per year to be considered rich.
But I keep thinking of how many people I know with far more than that who do not seem happy. On the other hand, I know many people who have trouble paying their bills yet are really well-off.
If you can share any problem with your wife, you’re rich. If you can face your parents and believe you have given back to them even a hint of what they gave, you’re rich. If you can take an afternoon off to go boating with your pal, you’re rich. If you can honestly say you have nothing to hide, you are really, really rich.
Ben Stein is right, of course, but you and I can add to that list, can’t we?