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Monday, December 05, 2005 4:06 PM
Millions and Misery
Anita Sharpe on Money

Here's a thought worth pondering: if you are unhappy, getting a pile of money will only worsen your misery. That's the theme of a story in the New York Times about two people who split a $34 million lottery jackpot -- only to die a few years later of alcoholism, in one case, and alone in bed in another.

'Any problems people have, money magnifies it so much, it's unbelievable,' observes the brother of one of the deceased.


2 comments

William - 12/7/2005 9:30:34 AM
Jacquelyn says: 'The New York Times is always anti-wealth anyway...'

I'd disagree with that broad generalization. And, from what I read, the argument of the article is not 'poor is good' at all. Nor did I detect any glee in the story at the misfortune of the lottery winners.
Jacquelyn - 12/5/2005 5:19:28 PM
I think it's silly to extrapolate that kind of conclusion just because one messed up family becomes more messed up. Most people find their stress reduced by additional money.

The New York Times is always anti-wealth anyway, so anytime they can show that affluence is misused they will (except when it comes to showing off ludicrous fashions of the rich New Yorker elite). The fact that these people are failures seems to be met with glee in the article you reference. It's pathetic, yes, but not exactly an argument for poor is good.

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