If someone had the fortune to be able to save 100% of a six-figure salary (say, $100,000/year in this case), it would take 10 years to save up 1 million. It would take 10,000 years to save up 1 billion.

Billionaires should not exist. Not in a perfect world, and certainly not in our imperfect one.

@brainblasted When one actually looks at the numbers and how much there is vs how much people get, it is nauseating.

With so much plenty and excess, it is absolutely absurd we still have poverty and people not having enough to be comfortable.

It's straight up insanity that people going without is viewed as 'normal'.

@Are0h it’s all so artificial, too. These people do not need to be suffering. The housing is there. The food is there. The materials are there, but money bars them from it.

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@brainblasted That's literally all it is.

Nobody needs to go without. People do because of these completely subjective beliefs of who is worthy of it and who isn't.

It's just pure cruelty so a handful of people can feel special.

@Are0h @brainblasted "It's just pure cruelty so a handful of people can feel special."

Literally the best one-liner description of capitalism I've seen

@Are0h @brainblasted my brother used to call money an art project

well, it's a plenty fucked up art project, and maybe it's time to shut it down and put it in a museum

@Are0h @brainblasted And due to how brains work, they are still miserable, and need a steady stream of validation, usually leading to severe personality disorders.

Human brains are misery engines.

@Are0h @brainblasted The misery engine bit?

It's just a shorthand for "if people don't think about what they want, they're going to make themselves miserable, because their expectations will always be running ahead of what they can get".

Like, get a new car, and that's nice. Two weeks pass, and suddenly "the new car" is just "the car", and that is registered as a loss by the brain, if not quite carefully evaluated.

Happiness is expectation management.

@ansugeisler @brainblasted In that context, yes, I can understand how the lack of introspection can make them unhappy, but framing that as the human brain is a 'misery engine' strikes me as hyperbolic.

People in these social spaces of extreme privilege aren't expected to grow and learn, which of course leads to their own profound lack of fulfillment.

That's not a brain condition. They're just lazy.

@Are0h @brainblasted It is the normal function of the brain to normalize things. Coupled with consumerism, that is a recipe for endless self-imposed suffering.
Coupled with asceticism or any kind of regimen of restraint, it works the other way.

Is it better like that?

@ansugeisler @Are0h I honestly don’t give a shit about the misery of billionaires, especially compared to all the misery they could end.

@brainblasted @Are0h @ansugeisler Agreed. Besides, the statement itself is inaccurate. They're miserable because they're looking to money to solve their misery instead of looking to other people and forming relationships with them.

Everyone can actually be very fucking happy, including (former) billionaires. We as a society just need to stop trying to cause suffering and instead try to fix it.

@brainblasted @Are0h Me neither.

But the misery they feel is important, because it leads them into all manner of grotesque actions and mental gymnastics.

It's exactly the same mechanic that drives low-income white people to extremes of bigotry: The culture tells them they're supposed to be superior, so where's their cut of the cake?=> Someobody must have taken it.

Very similar shit with rich people, but they have more power to fuk things up.

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