Money Doesn’t Make Us Happy

Many people seem to make some kind of logical mistake (I wish I knew more fancy latin names for the type of logical errors people make in their reasoning — then I could perhaps add a neato phrase here to impress people).

Obviously, people want to be happy. There are some things many people believe will make them happy — and since many people believe that, the demand for such things is generally quite large. Since the demand for such things is quite large (and since such things are also quite often in limited supply), it is quite common for their market price to be high enough to give those people who want these popularly demanded objects the impression that they need money to get these things (and therefore also that they need money to become happy).

I do not doubt that quite a few people who are reading this are thinking to themselves “oh, but you do need money to buy food and a roof over your head”. Note that I never said you don’t… — and the reason why I didn’t say that is mainly because I don’t want to argue that point (though I feel like I could, I find it far simpler to simply point out that the amount of money actually needed for survival is quite small… indeed: so small that I consider it to be negligible [perhaps with the possible exception of some life-threatening medical conditions]). Yet again I digress from the main point….

The main point is that money and happiness are (in my humble opinion) definitely not interchangeable measures — to think that to measure happiness, you could simply measure money instead is undoubtedly a gross error.

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