I suspect, that you don't know what REAL poverty is, and this is sad if you're a US citizen. It basically sounds like nonsense coming from a white kid, who's grown up in an up-scale white suburb , probably to white, yuppie parents.
Wow! have you missed the point (and facts) of the thread!
First, I'm not white, I'm black.
Second, I grew up poor. Not to yuppie parents. So yea, I know exactly what "real" poverty is.
Third, the point of this thread is not "preaching that poverty is happiness", or "pro poverty", but rather pondering if happiness can be found in life for those without great wealth.
Because a lot of people out there are struggling. For most people, even if they work as hard as they can, they'll never be wealthy because the world's wealth is distributed in such an uneven way. Most people in the world aren't born into rich families and handed life on a silver platter (including me). And honestly I can't think of any people I've ever known who were born rich that didn't grow up to be vapid, self centered, oblivious wastes of human space (just watch some reality TV.)
I grew up poor and worked hard for what I have in life. Everything I have is something I acquired through my own ingenuity. I float on my own steam and not my family's coattails.
Because of that, I appreciate what I do
have, and I've learned to not be wasteful. I never got any hand outs. Can you say that?