Tag Archives: Wealth

I’m sorry I just drove by

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I’m sorry that I just drove by
In my elegant suit and tie
Seeing you but ignoring the fact
That actually I could act

When I looked into your eyes
I couldn’t hold the years of lies
Must be the age of my daughter
Your message I will teach her

My main concerns in life
Beyond the means to survive
I can’t do that anymore
If I have to accept this for

Your suffering did change my view
It’s not that I never knew
But now I do what matters
For me, you, and others

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Shaping one’s life

#61 RGB II (Mathias Sager, Oil colors water mixable on wood board, 3 panels each 33.3 x 22.0 x 1.2 cm)

A life nicely centered between birth and death
As it is acting like knowing its symmetry around a peak
Assuming a ceiling point until which to invest
According to plans for success and wealth
Allowing a balanced ascension and decline
All forming the pyramid of life

OR

A life interestingly gone astray in chaos of time
As it is anticipating what was never expected to occur
Assuming abundance seen as a result of giving
According to teachings for personal growth
Allowing an adventurous dive in uncertainty
All forming the pot of life

OR JUST

A life
As it is
Assuming nothing
According to nature
Allowing
All forms of life

Should happiness really be the goal? A Buddhist perspective

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The pursuit of happiness generally is considered to be the ultimate goal of a human journey, while economic wealth is expected to support that goal. However, there are many different and plausible ways of looking at quality of living.

“You could be well off, without being well.
You could be well, without being able to lead the life you wanted.
You could have got the life you wanted, without being happy.
You could be happy without having much freedom.
You could have a good deal of freedom, without achieving much.”

– A. Sen (1987)

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The cultural shaping of happiness

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#037 Spiritual revolution (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))

There exist different underlying motivations on how to pursue happiness in different cultures. As I am living in Japan as a Westerner, I was interested to study some culturally shaped concepts of happiness and also linked them to the correlation between wealth and happiness.

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