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gluxford1 June 8th, 2018 12:53pm

Celebrity chef & TV star Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide. He was 61 years old. Do the recent self-inflicted deaths of successful people like Bourdain & Kate Spade prove the old saying that money & prestige canโ€™t buy happiness?

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bluerum29 optimistic idealist
06/11/18 5:13 pm

No, dont need selfish hopelessness to prove that.
But if I had money, I'd be happy.

suppressedID keep Summer safe
06/09/18 8:50 am

Poor people commit suicide too. We just don’t get headlines about it.

I’m willing to bet that money staves off the act and pays for a LOT of therapy that others can’t afford.

gluxford1 Arizona
06/09/18 8:56 am

Yes, poor people do commit suicide, often due to their unfortunate economic situation. The difference here is that suicide is unexpected among the wealthy (who appear to have everything they could ever want or need) while it is very expected among the impoverished (who are left in a constant state of want and financial misery).

arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
06/08/18 11:56 pm

Depression isn't the opposite of happiness, and it isn't just the lack of happiness. Suicide victims aren't just 'not happy enough;' they're ill.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
06/08/18 12:24 pm

Absolutely. Money does not buy happiness. In fact, it can often complicate life. I don’t know anything about fame but I would think that would also complicate life

mfjd1948 rural johnson co iowa
06/08/18 11:49 am

No. Depression can hit anyone. Rich and poor, well-known person or just average Joe or Jane on the street.

GlockMan1 Alabama
06/08/18 11:23 am

Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy guns and ammo which is kind of the same thing.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/08/18 9:57 am

I didn’t know of him very well. He seemed to have led a glamorous life doing things I never will do. Happiness lies within.

Zach21 California
06/08/18 9:48 am

No. It can buy happiness. It just doesn’t guarantee it.

gluxford1 Arizona
06/08/18 5:05 pm

What’s the price on happiness? Does it come in a 12-pack? How much can I buy it for at Costco in bulk?

Zach21 California
06/08/18 5:17 pm

$9.99 plus tax

gluxford1 Arizona
06/08/18 5:19 pm

Hmm. That’s a bit much. Is there a BOGO sale?

Zach21 California
06/08/18 5:31 pm

It’s actually buy one get one half off. For a limited time.

gluxford1 Arizona
06/08/18 5:34 pm

Excellent! Does it come with a 5-year warranty?

Zach21 California
06/08/18 5:37 pm

Yep, a 5-year warranty, but it’s an extra $4.99.

arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
06/09/18 12:01 am

There's actually studies on it. Money can't buy happiness directly, but it can buy you time that can be used for happiness - specifically, money can be used to pay others to do things you may not want to spend your time doing (farming, cleaning, cooking, renovating, driving, changing diapers, etc.) so that you have more leisure time, and leisure time impacts happiness.

gluxford1 Arizona
06/09/18 8:00 am

Leisure time isn’t usually happy unless you have someone to share it with.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/08/18 9:28 am

Not at all. They prove that when poor or not-famous people commit suicide it doesn’t make the national news, and when famous people do, it does. Shocker! Guess how many suicides by people you've never heard of there have been in this country alone so far today.

jlong105 Indiana
06/08/18 9:09 am

Sorry I have to learn that lesson for myself. So give me a million and I’ll let you know.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
06/08/18 8:53 am

If someone tells you money can buy happiness, rest assured, they have neither

06/08/18 8:45 am

Yes, I think that is spot on. I had a teacher tell me that rich people are often more depressed than poor people, in that poor people have hope that coming into some money might solve their problems and give them some happiness, but rich people know full well that it won’t.

phalnx Ohio
06/08/18 8:19 am

Meh...for some it can, for others it can't. The only really sure guarantee of that is finding the right SO and having a few kids.

Kamden popular revolt
06/08/18 8:38 am

Maybe you shouldn't suggest bullshit.

kscott516 Masks fail
06/08/18 9:31 am

Maybe you shouldn’t be so naive. How many celebs/high level names have died or committed “suicide” in the past week?

Kamden popular revolt
06/08/18 10:35 am

Yeah like 2, where is the connection?

kscott516 Masks fail
06/08/18 10:49 am

More than that. All connected in some way to Clinton.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
06/08/18 11:14 am

Dude Clinton is the devil, but I don’t think she’s murdering all these celebs lol

Talren Libertarian Socialist
06/08/18 7:17 am

Logically, no. It just proves that money and prestige doesn’t *guarantee* happiness.

sea California
06/08/18 9:03 am

For some people it helps, for others it hurts

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
06/08/18 7:07 am

Didn’t Robin Williams prove that years ago? Actually, I could list names all day..

06/08/18 7:02 am

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Liberty 4,032,064
06/08/18 6:59 am

An anecdotes can’t prove that anything can’t be done.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
06/08/18 6:43 am

Most of us probably don't have that kind of money and may envy the rich and think "why on Earth aren't they super happy? "
The answer is you get desensitized.
You take it for granted and are so used to it you stop appreciating your wealth.
People are happy about positive *change* like a raise or a promotion, but if they have everything and continue to have it, it doesn't matter anymore and their personal issues outweigh it.

gluxford1 Arizona
06/08/18 5:07 pm

Thank you for sharing this! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

katerina13 stuck in the middle
06/08/18 6:32 am

This is true. Much of the time, I miss my simple lifestyle when I only had a checkbook to balance and no IRAs, etc, a small apt to clean with less space and less stuff, no lawn or maintenance issues. <sigh>

katerina13 stuck in the middle
06/08/18 6:13 am

It only proves that they aren’t well mentally

katerina13 stuck in the middle
06/08/18 6:16 am

In other words, there are plenty of famous, rich people who don’t commit suicide. That’s not saying they’re happy, but they’re not suicidal either. Money does not buy happiness though.

Kamden popular revolt
06/08/18 6:12 am

So sad, you can have it all in this country and yet have nothing worthwhile.

gluxford1 Arizona
06/08/18 6:18 am

Very sad indeed. All the material things in the world aren’t enough to fill a hole of emotional emptiness.

GeezerGolf Show us your papers
06/08/18 6:11 am

Don’t know if it proves it, but it supports what most know: Nothing from the out side can fill up that God-shaped hole in our hearts.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
06/08/18 7:10 am

By that logic, no christian has ever committed suicide. Correct?

GeezerGolf Show us your papers
06/08/18 8:15 am

I think you have made a quantum leap from anything I have suggested. With every thing it is one moment at a time. Mere time in grade, counts for nothing. The rest I stand by because of my direct experience.

gluxford1 Arizona
06/08/18 6:02 am

It's proof if there ever was any. May he rest in peace with the angels and may God watch over the teenage daughter he left behind. To any who are thinking suicidal thoughts, please get help. Suicide isn't just harming yourself, it harms everyone around you. There is someone who loves you out there. Don't give up. To those of you who are in jobs that pay decently but don't make you happy, please take some more time away to spend with the things and people that do make you happy (your family, your friends, your hobbies, etc.). Life is too short to be unhappy. You must make every second count.


gluxford1 Arizona
06/08/18 6:03 am

Question for iPad users: Celebrity chef & TV star Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide. He was 61 years old. Do the recent self-inflicted deaths of successful people like Bourdain & Kate Spade prove the old saying that money & prestige can’t buy happiness?

Answer 1- Yes
Answer 2- No