Originally Posted by Connemara
Then there's folk like me. Frankly, my dad makes a lot of money. He owns numerous companies. Until I was 7 or 8, putting food on the table was a real concern for him and my mom. Through incredibly long hours and a lot of sacrifice, my father and mother were able to build a life for me that I am just realizing 99% of the globe will never experience.
This is strictly based on my experience. "Folk like" you are different than folk like me.
I was born poor, I was raised poor, and I spent the first 30 years of my life digging myself out of poverty and into upper-middle class-dom. I know money does not make you happy per se, but I also know that poverty and misery and/or hard times pretty much go hand in hand.
Folks with wealthy parents, for some reason, often seem to undergo meaningless existential crisis after meaningless existential crisis over issues such as "does money bring you happiness?" It is one of those things where only those with the luxury of having it seem to question its worth. You see, you do not have money. Your father does. I think much of the angst is brought on because wealthy children take money for granted but their parents control the money tap. It creates the ambivalent feelings about money.
To the question:
Money cannot buy you happiness. However, it does allow you to be miserable in nice clothes, while eating good food, drinking good wines, in very nice places.