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4475Why VHEMT? Re: Time magazine catches on to the childfree movement, misses the green angle

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  • ES
    Aug 13, 2013
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      you can't get perfect sat scores. sat scores are normalized. And they are supposed to be 'aptitude' scores, that is potential to be a scholar, potental that is not always realized.

      A rich miser type like Ebenezer Scrooge is only delaying having their money spent. Their heirs will take care of that.

      You may live frugally but I suspect that there are many in other parts of the world who would consider you incredibly wealthy and fortunate. Rich like sat scores is relative.

      It is my observation that most people's outgo equals or exceeds their income, which is why it costs more to be rich.

      --- In Why_VHEMT@yahoogroups.com, Alan Thomas <alankingsleythomas@...> wrote:
      > Indeed I am a product of public schools; yet somehow I managed a perfect
      > score on my SATs regardless. Probably did not hurt that I had a father and
      > mother with anthropology (Stanford) and sociology (UNC-CH) Ph.D.s. I am
      > also married to a sociologist, and am familiar with the works you cite.
      > However, it remains true that socialisation (and even its antagonist,
      > sociobiology or EvPsych) only go so far in shaping individual behaviour.
      > There ARE high income people who live frugally. My grandfather was just
      > such a person: his one room apartment, taped up glasses, and threadbare
      > clothing gave no hint that his net worth made him a "millionaire" in
      > numerical terms if not in lifestyle.
      > I too am frugal but at a different level. Our family's income is below the
      > US median, but we still have some nice electronics and such (smartphones,
      > multiple iPads and iPod Touches, Google Nexus, Kindle Fire HD) without
      > using credit cards because we carefully budget our money and do not attempt
      > to own a vehicle.
      > Point is, not everyone buys into the dominant paradigm, and thus choices,
      > even those made by the majority, are still choices and not requirements.
      > Strange that I would have to tell a VEHMTist this: is that not how you
      > feel about procreation?
      > On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, ES wrote:
      > > **
      > >
      > >
      > > OK, so perhaps that was unkind. On reflection, you are probably a product
      > > of the USA's public school system, and that should not be held against you,
      > > however, allow me to recommend some remedial study.
      > >
      > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspicuous_consumption
      > >
      > > Pay attention to the bibliography read some of those books and articles.
      > >
      > > I highly recommend you download Veblen's Theory of the Leisure class from
      > > the Gutenberg project web site. http://www.gutenberg.org/
      > >
      > > Another must read for this topic is J.K. Galbraith's Affluent Society
      > > (try abes books)
      > > http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=Galbraith&sts=t&tn=Affluent+Society
      > >
      > > --- In Why_VHEMT@yahoogroups.com <javascript:_e({}, 'cvml',
      > > 'Why_VHEMT%40yahoogroups.com');>, "ES" <everiman@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I am sorry but I have to ask, no offense intended, but exactly how far
      > > is your head buried up your rectum?
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > > I hope this is said tongue in cheek. There is nothing preventing rich
      > > > > people from living the same way I do, and simply salting most of their
      > > > > money away. Indeed, some thrifty types do just that.
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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