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.”