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Thread: Being your own person.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    up until it finally died a few years ago, I drove a 1985 honda civic. thing had 327K miles on it when it finally croaked. I now drive an '03 Jeep Cherokee that I inherited from my mother.
    Honda's are good vehicles... I don't care what anyone says.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Something I am curious about. Not really a political thing.

    I was speaking to a friend last night and let him know that my parents are quite well off. He replies with "you realize that you could live a much better lifestyle, right?"

    I replied "I could, I have access to the resources, but I want to do it on my own"

    He basically thought I was being insane, but for me its a matter of principal (side note, this guy is much more financially successful than I am). I want to be my own person, so when I am old, I can look at my life with satisfaction knowing I was my own person. Is this insane to you?
    That doesn't make any sense to me, no.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Only if you take your pride too far and "need" assistance from family, but do not bother asking.

    I feel the same way, myself...but, that is mostly because of being taught that I was not a normal person nor could ever be. It's a common creed in America-to be one's own man. It's a virtuous lifestyle if done intelligently.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    "Being your own person" doesn't mean not accepting anything from anyone. I think you're artificially limiting yourself here. The entire point is to get your life off the ground so that you can independently sustain yourself. If your parents are willing to finance your journey to reach that point then there is nothing wrong with that, and you can always pay them back later.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    "Being your own person" doesn't mean not accepting anything from anyone. I think you're artificially limiting yourself here. The entire point is to get your life off the ground so that you can independently sustain yourself. If your parents are willing to finance your journey to reach that point then there is nothing wrong with that, and you can always pay them back later.
    Helping him now is problably why they worked so hard to get to where they're at...just for him to snub his noes at it. Bratty, ungreatfull kid imo. Imagin all the people he could be helping right now, but he doesn't care. **** him.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Makes you sound like a conservative.
    LOL.....I was thinking just the opposite.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Makes you sound like a conservative.
    He said it wasn't a political thing, but the first post in... of course, turns the thread into a political thing


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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I'm pretty conservative, financially. I could probably be driving a newer car and living in a bigger house, but I prefer the idea of paying off my house in the next five years and having zero debt.

    I prefer to live in my own way, on my own resources. I don't think that's a liberal/conservative dichotomy. There are a ton of liberals out there who live very non-materialistic minimalistic lives and are self-supporting.
    I feel the same way. I buy things out of practicality and necessity, not for status symbols. I'll spend extra money on quality products that will last longer, than economical crap that won't. I think it's economically practical to do so... it makes sense to me. If I had the money to buy a mansion with 50 rooms, I wouldn't. I would still want a smaller house that used less resources to heat, cook.. whatever.

    I think it's interesting though... having lived in Europe, on the edge of the former USSR, and seeing the government force everybody to just have the basics (if lucky), then seeing an American guy invent something as stupid and pointless as the "pet rock" become a millionaire. I just find it ironic sometimes... that capitalism doesn't work necessarily on people being economically rational, and they are free to do so and spend their money unreasonably. But under Communism the government tried to force people to be economically rational in some sense.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Something I am curious about. Not really a political thing.

    I was speaking to a friend last night and let him know that my parents are quite well off. He replies with "you realize that you could live a much better lifestyle, right?"

    I replied "I could, I have access to the resources, but I want to do it on my own"

    He basically thought I was being insane, but for me its a matter of principal (side note, this guy is much more financially successful than I am). I want to be my own person, so when I am old, I can look at my life with satisfaction knowing I was my own person. Is this insane to you?
    That's my husband's boat - he set off on his own to make his own life rather than being cleaved and tied in with the expectations and requirements that his grandmother (who has the fortune) was requiring.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Something I am curious about. Not really a political thing.

    I was speaking to a friend last night and let him know that my parents are quite well off. He replies with "you realize that you could live a much better lifestyle, right?"

    I replied "I could, I have access to the resources, but I want to do it on my own"

    He basically thought I was being insane, but for me its a matter of principal (side note, this guy is much more financially successful than I am). I want to be my own person, so when I am old, I can look at my life with satisfaction knowing I was my own person. Is this insane to you?
    I recently received an inheritance, and I'm using it to put my 'house' in order. I don't relate to your idea that one is somehow not their own person by accepting a gift from family. They worked to give you that benefit, I say you should take it and go to the next level with it, as that's what I'm doing.

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