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August 13, 2007

other people’s money

Filed under: philosophical — plonkee @ 12:02 pm

Does anyone else feel distinctly uncomfortable when other people talk about money?

I don’t mean people making bad money decisions, as much as people that make a lot less money that you do. For example, I earn a reasonable amount of money, pretty much the market rate in a good but not especially lucrative field – there is no way that I will ever make a six figure salary in today’s money. On the other hand I have a friend who makes about 2/3 what I do, he essentially has a wife and four children to support. They are going on holiday today for the first time in years, and that’s only because its costing the �20 per adult to go. I feel so bad.

I forget that I earn a little more than the average wage in the UK because I am still on a low rung of the ladder at work. I hate hearing that people I like don’t make much money because I don’t feel that there is anything I can do about it. I feel bad that I spend so much on junk, or that I have opportunities that are not open to everyone.

Does anyone else feel like this, and if so, what do they do about it?

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