Rich And Poor Comparitive Contrast
Rich And Poor People
Most of the time, we view rich people and poor people very differently. In today’s society, we view being wealthy as a measure of success. To the poor individual, those same views may not even matter. Is it fair that we should treat these two different peoples as such opposites? We are, after-all, the same when it comes to who we are. Rich or poor, our background and lifestyles may be different, but we are all the same internally.
First of all, I believe that there is no real difference between being rich or poor when it comes to more important factors such as happiness and our over-all quality of life. One thing that I’ve learned through the years is that our quality of life depends not on money, or material acquisitions. More importantly, our quality of life has more to do with having healthy relationships with those close to us. The quality of those relationships will reflect our personal level of happiness. If we surround ourselves with positive experiences and healthy relationships, money will not matter in defining who we are.
The many positive factors of being rich are, of course, the luxuries that come with being well-off. Rich peoples tend to live more comfortable lives without having to worry about financial difficulties such as getting the bills paid. Owning big houses and nice cars are the luxuries most noticeable from an outsiders’ standpoint. They can also afford good health care, educations, jobs, and many luxury items. Some of these material things most of us could go without. Although, being able to acquire good health coverage and an education are some things we all wish for. They also distinguish themselves in a way to set themselves apart from the average person. Always wearing nice cloths, staying up to date on the latest fashions, and the latest gadgets are just some of the ways. The rich usually like to mingle within themselves by joining elite golf club memberships or attending lavish and expensive parties. Some will set themselves apart through attending fundraisers and donating large sums of money, while gaining respect from the different foundations, society, and other rich people attending. They also tend to act in a much more sophisticated manner; having a great sense of morals and a more proper disposition. This isn’t to say that the poor don’t act in a sophisticated manner as well. I think it just comes naturally to persons with a higher level of education and cultural awareness. Of course, the downfall to all of this can be that one could eventually become snobbish and unappreciative of what they have. It may all lie within moderation.
On the other hand, the poor will usually lead much simpler lives. They don’t worry so much about distinguishing themselves among a certain crowd of people. Most are not very materialistic and are happy with having inexpensive possessions such as clothing and household items. The poor have the greatest need for good health care, educations, jobs, housing, and transportation. Though, they will find a way to just get by with what they have. Although most cannot afford a nice big house or that really nice car, they don’t much worry about those possessions. If ones’ measure of success is determined through acquired possessions, job, or education; would the poor be considered unsuccessful people? I believe it is all in how you would look at it. It must have something to do with a persons’ background and values. If someone were to grow up in a poor setting, they probably wouldn’t care about luxury items because that person wouldn’t have been familiar with that lifestyle. Just as the rich tend to stick together, the poor do just the same. Making much less than a rich family does, is something that doesn’t get much thought because the poor are just used to the lower income. They find other ways to satisfy needs. The poor are actually bridging the gap between poor and rich brackets. With the ever-growing economy and new standards being set, the poor are moving mostly into the middle class areas.
The difference between the rich and the poor is that the poor do everything with their own hands and the rich hire hands to do things for them. It would be nice to be able to have all of my work done for me. I would imagine I could have the free time to do other things of importance. Everyday tasks such as cleaning and even driving could easily be taken care of for a person. I can see how this would be ideal for keeping your focus and better managing time. However, it lacks the hands-on experience of doing something yourself. Sometime a simple task can become an adventure and even become fun. Sure, it takes away from ones’ free time, leaving better time management skills a priority, but the hand-on experience is sometimes the only way to go. Tasks such as working on your car can indefinitely become a learning experience. Also, with that experience follows a better sense of pride; knowing that you did it yourself and will learn something in the process.
Despite the differences; the rich aren’t so different after all. The poor have actually advanced the most in this country. They are gradually and sometimes speedily catching up with the rich. The rich are having a harder time distinguishing themselves from the poor. The rich watch the World Series on their big screen color TVs, and so do the poor. The rich jump on a jet and fly to exotic lands and, with recent cheap ticket fares on the internet; the poor are doing the same thing. In fact, the internet is the great leveler. It’s so cheap today that anyone can get online and obtain information with hardly any cost. It has dramatically increased the level of competition and thereby reduced the cost of living. For example, it won’t be long before long distance phone calls will cost nothing. What was once the domain of the well-off is now open to everyone. Compared to yesteryear every house today is a castle, every man a king.
It seems to me that all these differences amount to mostly materialistic possessions. There is no real difference unless one looks at it from an economic perspective. The measure of success to one person may be viewed completely different to another. It’s how we manage what we are given. Our measure of success is based upon our personal happiness and how we choose to live with what we have. Our quality of life depends not on material things. They say that money makes the world go round… but it can also be the root of all evil. To say that a rich person will live a much happier life than a poor person is ridiculous. The poor live lives just as happy, if not happier, than the rich. Money doesn’t create happiness. Again… our personal measure of happiness will depend on the quality of the relationships we have with those closest to us. We create happiness through our personal experiences and maintaining a positive disposition.
Generally speaking, when we hear, read or come across the word “rich”, all that we imagine are the glamorous material possessions that the world has to offer. We usually associate richness with an astronomical amount of grandeur. Such as owning the most expensive house in an exclusive area, or driving the fastest and latest model of an exotic car on the market. Even owning a big business and having many other people look up to that person as a god would be associated with being rich. Some people think erratically different and the meaning or richness differs with material access, status within society, and the idea of having abundance.
In contrary to this thought, I believe that richness is a state of mind and not a status symbol. Any person can be rich in his/her own right. Being rich does not always signify wealth. There are other considerable factors that we look into as valuable… for example; a family. It has always been said that the family is one of the greatest treasures we have in life. Without them, life is almost meaningless. Even if you own the entire village, but don’t have a family to share it with, it will amount to nothing. Being rich is having something of value. It can be money, health, knowledge, or anything that requires a permanent struggle. Knowledge has always been what I consider as precious in life. Being rich is not just having one of these valuable assets. It’s an accumulation of all these things essential to an ordinary life. Over-all, it is being able to help others to value their lives.