The conflation of wealth with happiness is sometimes so sadly pervasive in our discourse.
There are times when I want to just shake folk and shout:
"It's a lie! A big stinking lie! You don't have to play the fucking game! Happiness is not found in slips of paper! Except maybe if you're doing origami! Or papier-mâché! Papier-mâché can be fun! Or playing a game of cards with friends! But otherwise, paper slips do not equal happiness! Oh, yes, confetti is fun too! But regardless!"
@beadsland Then there's the paper on which the invocations sealing Sun Wukong are written. And sketchbooks.
@beadsland Frustratingly, though, wealth actually DOES correlate with happiness - up to the point where you don’t have to worry about day-to-day expenses. I have extreme anxiety and depression tied closely to my financial status because I simply don’t make enough money to live on, and “you don’t have to play the game” doesn’t pay for my groceries, I’m afraid. :)
@noelle Up to a point, certainly.
But so often it isn't groceries folk are complaining about, but shit like the consumerism of this particular season. Which has nothing to do with capitalism and everything to do with the belief that shit that is unneeded when overpriced have to be had when "on sale".
Let's don't even get me started on housing and work and commuting models that are taken as a given but are anything but given and all the while suck the life (and the grocery dollars) out of folk.