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    Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    My base annual income as of March 18, 2014 = $16,302
    My wife's base income as of March 18, 2014 = $13,500

    Total income = $29,802.00

    My base annual income as of March 19, 2014 = $16,302
    My wife's base income as of March 19, 2014 = $18,720
    Additional source of income as of March 20, 2014 = $10,400

    Total income = $45,422.

    In the course of 2 days my household income jumped by $15,622.

    How does this make me a better person than I was 2 days prior? I don't get it. My eligibility for many government benefits vanished. Does this make me a better person from a moral perspective? If so, what was I doing wrong before this happened? What was I doing right that caused this to happen? How did my character change just in the course of 2 days?

    I voted for the third option but I know lots of people believe that scum bags have low incomes and good people have high incomes.

    Perhaps this exercise will allow them the opportunity to explain their world view.
    Last edited by vasuderatorrent; 03-30-14 at 03:20 AM.

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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    Depends on how your income jumped up so dramatically in two days. For example, did you rob a bank?
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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    All sorts of sarcastic answers come to mind but the real answer is that none of that changes who you are as a person.
    I know that. I just think it's funny that some people never analyze their disdain for low income individuals.

    There is no justification for hating the poor.

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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Depends on how your income jumped up so dramatically in two days. For example, did you rob a bank?
    It is a 10 hour per week job that pays $200. I just extrapolated the total out over the course of a year. It wasn't a lump sum of $10,400. My wife got a raise by majority vote. She works for a non-profit organization that voted to raise her pay by $5,220 per year.

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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    This all depends on the type of person you are. Do you judge people based on their income or morals? If it is income then I would say unless you are using it for a good cause, chances are the same person as before the increased income.

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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt1506 View Post
    This all depends on the type of person you are. Do you judge people based on their income or morals? If it is income then I would say unless you are using it for a good cause, chances are the same person as before the increased income.
    I see these increases in my income as good fortune. I don't see them as an improvement in my character.

    If you look around some of these threads you will see people that think poor people are scum of the earth. I have a hard time respecting that mindset. I am using my personal situation to prove the ridiculousness of their arrogant line of thinking.

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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    Due to that reply I would say the increases in your income are well deserved, and that with you attitude I am confused why you would question your character or morals. Poor people just like any group have been degraded by the select few who create and believe the stereotypes that are used to define every individual in the group.

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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt1506 View Post
    Due to that reply I would say the increases in your income are well deserved, and that with you attitude I am confused why you would question your character or morals. Poor people just like any group have been degraded by the select few who create and believe the stereotypes that are used to define every individual in the group.
    Lizzie, turtledude, cephus, miserveritis are a few of the people who think poor people are scum for the simple fact that their income is low.

    I understand this thinking to some degree. It just doesn't account for the fact that a good economy can boost the income of "scum bags".

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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    My base annual income as of March 18, 2014 = $16,302
    My wife's base income as of March 18, 2014 = $13,500

    Total income = $29,802.00

    My base annual income as of March 19, 2014 = $16,302
    My wife's base income as of March 19, 2014 = $18,720
    Additional source of income as of March 20, 2014 = $10,400

    Total income = $45,422.

    In the course of 2 days my household income jumped by $15,622.

    How does this make me a better person than I was 2 days prior? I don't get it. My eligibility for many government benefits vanished. Does this make me a better person from a moral perspective? If so, what was I doing wrong before this happened? What was I doing right that caused this to happen? How did my character change just in the course of 2 days?

    I voted for the third option but I know lots of people believe that scum bags have low incomes and good people have high incomes.

    Perhaps this exercise will allow them the opportunity to explain their world view.
    If you were a douche bag when you earned less you will still be a douche bag when you are making more. Having more or less money doesn't make you a better person.
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    Re: Am I a better person now that my income has increased?

    If you base liking or disliking someone on net worth, that's rather sad. So, never having met you in person and not knowing much about you at all, how can I say if you are a good or bad person?
    What I think is happening is this. People read about others and their deeds (IRL) and pass judgment based on that, not their bank accounts. So if those with less behave in a way that makes them less likable, its their actions that are to blame, right? We are to judge based on character, are we not?

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