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Old 01-20-2021, 11:29 AM   #21
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Accumulating wealth is a major theme of this site.
With respect, I disagree. I walked away from a nice salary and other compensation when I FIRE'd. If I was focused on accumulating wealth, I'd still be w*rking.
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Old 01-20-2021, 04:48 PM   #22
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With respect, I disagree. I walked away from a nice salary and other compensation when I FIRE'd. If I was focused on accumulating wealth, I'd still be w*rking.
As have many of us. I'd say the theme of this site is living well. Having "enough" is part of that goal, but I don't see any obsession with making money for the purpose of just having more.
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I’ve read other Russian authors, but not Solzhenitsyn. I’m going to have to rectify that.

However, reading the quote, I’m reminded of Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
I also read book that as a young person. I remember that book being very revealing and significant to me.
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As have many of us. I'd say the theme of this site is living well. Having "enough" is part of that goal, but I don't see any obsession with making money for the purpose of just having more.
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However, reading the quote, I’m reminded of Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Yes, there are similar themes throughout a lot of what I would call 'wisdom' writings. Marcus Aurelius, Buddha, Christ.... Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament also has a similar admonition. I consider 'Man's Search for Meaning' one of the best books I've read and the message resonates-excellent wisdom.

I have kept a picture on my computer that illustrated the same message; two people are riding the same bus looking out their respective windows. One sees a beautiful paradise and is smiling and happy. The other sees hades and is frowning and miserable. We make our lives.

I would say that certain cultures have common mindsets and that those mindsets have ranges along the attitude and happiness spectrum. It may be easier for some people to be happy/maintain a positive attitude regardless of their circumstances, whereas others have to work harder at that. Nevertheless, I believe that working on having that positive attitude over time strengthens one's resilience for one's life circumstances.
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With respect, I disagree. I walked away from a nice salary and other compensation when I FIRE'd. If I was focused on accumulating wealth, I'd still be w*rking.

+1. The whole FIRE movement is about accumulating wealth as a specific tool and only up to the point that it frees you from many of modern life’s shackles. There is some wisdom in that.
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