Undercover as a low-wage worker

My very ability to work tirelessly hour after hour is a product of decades of better-than-average medical care, a high-protein diet, and workouts in gyms that charge $400 or $500 a year. If I am now a productive fake member of the working class, it’s because I haven’t been working, in any hard physical sense, long enough.

Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America

 

Wealth as a multiplier

Since wealth is a personality multiplier, it is also an experience multiplier. If you are miserable when you are middle class, you will likely be even more miserable when you are wealthy because all the mental states that cause you to be miserable, such as greed, cruelty, paranoia, and inner turmoil, get multiplied. Similarly, if you’re happy when you’re middle class, you’re likely to be even happier wealthy, for the same reason; mental states that brought you happiness – such as generosity, kindness, and inner peace – multiply, thereby multiplying happiness.

Chade Meng Tan, Joy on Demand

 

In other words, having a lot of money wouldn’t change your life — not the direction of it at least.