5 star phony

Interesting comment about happiness

Tycoon trades high life for bedsit

”For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness. I come from a very poor family where the rules were to work more to achieve more material things, and I applied this for many years.”

But over time a conflicting feeling developed. ”More and more I heard the words: ‘Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life’. I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need.”

For many years, he said, he was not brave enough to give up his comforts. The tipping point came during a three-week holiday with his wife in Hawaii.

”It was the biggest shock in my life when I realised how horrible, soulless and without feeling the five-star lifestyle is.

”In those three weeks we spent all the money you could possibly spend. But in all that time we had the feeling we hadn’t met a single real person – that we were all just actors. The staff played the role of being friendly and the guests played the role of being important, and nobody was real.”

via Austrian tycoon Karl Rabeder gives up fortune.

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