"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.... There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.... And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh...." (Ecclesiastes)
The message of this page is fairly succinct. It will help, my reader, if you read my interpretation of the Biblical story of Job, first, but that will not be necessary.
My (BMcC) take on the Biblical story of Job is that the Judeo-Christian Deity, in that story, comes close to being a minor league version of Dr. Josef Mengele. To be more precise, that Deity does actualize the Harvard University Psychology professor who transmuted Theodore John Kaczynski into The Unabomber by subjecting Mr. Kaczynski to a psychology experiment the secret objective of which was to investigate persons' reaction to being humiliated.
A job, in the human resources sense, is often (albeit not always and everywhere) a Job test in the Biblical sense.. It is a crime against the Mr., Mrs., Miss or other Job of this place and time. Hic est corpus.
Frank Lloyd Wright said: Give me the luxuries of life and I will gladly do withoiut the necessities. Of course that is not literally true: even Frank needed O2, but I think the spirit of it is "spot on". That's the end of this story, although I plan to come back here and elaborate it more.
"H.L. Mencken's definition of Puritanism as 'the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.'" (Paul Krugman, NYT OpEd, 19 Mar 2021)
I take it as obvious that lack of money can make a person very unhappy perhaps in proportion to the person's impecuniousness. But Maslow's hierarchy of needs says that, once a person's stomach is full, they my want something interesting to do with their time before they die or get severely debilitated.
Consider the picture of the man above: John Pierpont Morgan, one of the most monied persons who ever lived (even if he was not quite in John D. Rockefeller's league). Does this man look happy in proportion to his assets, even divided by all his possible misfortunate circumstances in life? Look at pictures of Bill Gates and they usually seem show, to me (BMcC[18-11-46-503]) at least, that being rich does not necessarily make a person look like he is always pissed off at everything. What do you think, my reader? email@example.com