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    Default Does Having A Lot of Money Give You Freedom?

    So let's say you have a bundle. For purposes of the thread, your net worth is over 5M.

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    If you know how to handle it, yes.

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    Depends on your personality. If you're Sir Spend-a-lot or must have, then no. If you're a reasonable level consumer, then it can give you the freedom to not have to work, as long as you invest it wisely.

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    It kinda works both ways....

    Let's say you're a single low wage earner. You have an apartment, and that's about all your responsibilities. Then 10 years later, that person becomes a CEO. They get a mortgage, a 401k, mutual funds, meetings after meetings, they get 20 phone calls and even more emails per day, gold-digger's are circling around him.....

    When was he more free?

    Of course being independently rich, self-employed, can give you the best of both worlds. A life of leisure and money for nothing (auto-pilot).

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    No one is truly free. We have to answer to God, our government, our partners, our parents, our bosses, our customers, etc etc.

    Money buys you more choices though. And the more of it you have the less people will be disrespectful to your face.

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    Yes, but how you use that money greatly influences the time in which you are able to use those financial freedoms. I don't think it can actually give someone freedom, but it can provide opportunities for people to be more independent, or more free, as more opportunities=more freedom in certain cases.

    There are also other factors with this. If you had a net worth of 5M or more and were stuck in North Korea or only received that money in order to do the bidding of someone in a higher status than you are, then no. A lot of things can affect your freedom, money is just a fraction of that.

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    No, it would make me lazy what would make me fat and therefore limit my DOFs
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    Freedom - yes, in some ways. Happiness - no, I don't think so.
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    With the basic concept of freedom

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    Of course. In the sense of being able to afford food, travel, education, and medical care...being able to have what you want or need at your disposal frees you up to do other things. You know, Maslow's hierchy of needs and all that.

    On the other hand, if someone is working 80 hours a week and has beaucoup responsibility to go with their money, no they don't seem very free. A poorer person who works less and has less responsibility has more free time and control over their individual life even if they lack the funding for international travel or state-of-the-art medical care.

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