Contrary to the bleatings of the $250K-$500K set--who, if the reaction over at the Dan Simmons forum is typical, will spare no expense telling you how poor they are--if you make between three and six times what the average family does, you're rich. Period. Full stop, end of discussion.
I posted this over there and reaped the whirlwind. I was asked why I was "demanding" money from people who've earned it. I was told I've "fallen into the envy trap". And no less a personage than Dan Simmons himself, after explaining how he worked himself up from nothing and now works over 100 hours a week, told me I lack discipline, courage and talent, that my attitude sucks, and that I'm a...let's see, how did he put it? Oh, yes, "twerpy little asshole."
Boy, I wish I could win arguments that easily.
Fact is, I never asked anyone for money, and would probably have to be tortured before I could. I never impugned anyone's work ethic. And I definately don't envy the rich.
In fact, if that attitude is representative, I pity the rich enormously. To have all that wealth and not recognize it. To seek nothing more than more (monetary) wealth.
I'll admit it: I have a chip on my shoulder when it comes to rich people. Most of them, anyway. They invariably crow about how beastly hard they've worked to amass all that lucre. And hey, I believe them. I work pretty friggin' hard for what little money I make. But to distort your work-life balance that far just for money? And then to look down your nose at all the talentless cowardly slackers who refuse to join you? Sorry, folks, I won't play that game. And I won't abide by people who are (let's face it) well off crying poor, either. Poor is not knowing where your next meal is coming from. Poor isn't worrying about how open a loophole to save yourself twenty grand in taxes.