Are the Rich Really Different From You and Me?

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Are the Rich Really Different From You and Me?
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Tue, 02-28-2012 - 12:26pm

I saw this fascinating news article from Health Day news about rich people

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 02-28-2012 - 3:51pm

As an often pedestrian, I've thought people who drive high end cars are like that (and people who drive huge SUVs). I don't think it's a wealth factor as much as people who choose to drive those kinds of cards tend to be tied more into themselves. I know rich people who drive beat up old Toyotas and people who are stretched far too thin who drive Mercedes. I think along those lines of that quote about "people who consider themselves wealthy", in other words, it's not necessarily those who are wealthy but those who THINK about themselves as such.






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Tue, 02-28-2012 - 6:10pm

I dunno.

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Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 02-28-2012 - 7:39pm
I agree that it is not right to generalize. By many definitions, I am wealthy. Part of this is because I did not have children, part because I have worked hard, part based on my genetics, part on how I choose to live my life. I am careful about how I appear to others - to not flaunt what I have although because of some things I do or have, it is not a secret. I consider myself highly ethical and law abiding. I don't actually think there is any excuse for cheating or breaking the law (not the 'breaking into a burning building' scenario, but the 'law doesn't apply to me' scenario. This applies for me across all income levels. One of the things my dad always said was 'power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely''. I think that quote is from someone else, but I heard it in the movie 'Reds' years ago. I hate the corruption in our (and other) government. I also hate that we live in a culture where a high number of people think it is Perfectly normal to be in and out of jail. Different income levels might lead to different crimes, but I think there is crime at all levels. SJ
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 02-29-2012 - 8:47am

I know several people that would be considered wealthy and they aren't rude, unethical, or dishonest-they got there by hard work and many sacrifices. Most have a more aggressive "style" than

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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 11:31pm
I'd be curious what is defined as "rich" in that study. In general, people who have created their own success or added significantly to inherited success are going to be aggressive, at least in business dealing, They are naturally risk takers - many betting it all on building a business and it's a cut throat environment for those few positions at the top of companies and to create a successful small business environment. Also - who's determining "unethical"? That's a very big shade of gray to be painting others...
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 6:17am

"That's a very big shade of gray to be painting others..."

Exactly.