A man in England, Karl Rabeder, is giving away every bit of his 3 Million Pound fortune. Seems Rabeder grew up poor and thought life would be so much better if he had money. He worked hard and earned a lot of it. Now he feels differently. His goal is to give every bit of it away. He is moving out of his luxury Alpine home into a hut in the mountains.
"For a long time I believed that more wealth and luxury automatically meant more happiness," he said. "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," said Mr Rabeder.
"More and more I heard the words: ‘Stop what you are doing now – all this luxury and consumerism – and start your real life’," he said. "I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish for or need. I have the feeling that there are lot of people doing the same thing."
I have heard people say that money can't buy happiness. I was talking to my Mom the other night about this very subject. We both agreed while that may be true, we would sure like to be able to have the ability to find out for ourselves! I don't know, I think I could be quite happy being able to travel the world, not worry about bills, take my kids anywhere they wanted to go, etc.
Of course, it's all relative. If you are wise with your money then it doesn't take as much to feel "rich"...however, if you have a lot of debt you just have to make more and more and more to feel "rich".
I know money can't solve all problems, of course, but it sure can make some things easier! I would like to offer Mr. Rabeder a very simple solution, he can pass any of that money he wants to on to me. Then perhaps we could test out each other's theories!