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True Bliss: It’s Not About Money

What indeed constitutes bliss? On such a query, each soul doubtless harbors a distinctive perception.

Some deem security and ease of circumstance synonymous with bliss, whereas others perceive questing aspirational horizons as bliss’s epitome.

Yet amid China’s contemporary commercial existence, numerous uphold a valuation wherein pecuniary acquisition portends bliss.

Thus feverish amassing of riches emerges tantamount to the pursuit of bliss, yet increasingly they succumb to societal snares defined by lucre.

In youth were we indoctrinated thusly: apply oneself diligently to study, matriculate at esteemed institutions, secure gainful employ for the morrow, accrue abundant wealth, and live a felicitous life.

Upon maturing, mainstream mores influenced: labor assiduously, toil overtime pursuing promotion, and future pecuniary bounty shall ensure familial bliss.

Retrospection reveals forfeited leisure and diversion, though whither vanished bliss?

Wretchedness stems from penury, prosperiety brings bliss, they claim. Yet what quantum of material may bliss procure?

Evaluating bliss through possessions and ability to acquire breeds only the bottomless mire of “pauper envies richman, richman covets more affluent still”.

Upon exerting yearly effort to purchase a designer bag, only to observe the opulently dowered acquire ten with ease, can joy still persist?

Self-worth derived via upward social metrics signifies investing sweat and treasure yet reaping sole pale praise – scant recompense indeed.

Deeming bliss quantifiable monetarily shall fail to cull bliss from industry whilst exacerbating agonies of “others harbor deeper anguish”.

Studies show that with economical and institutional evolution, class fluidity proves feeblest amid social stasis – “the moneyed accumulate still”.

The privileged conserve hereditary provision, while lowlier souls must “glean each lacuna” ere ascension – a phenomenon of class solidification.

As economics proffers: the 28th theorem conveys 80% of global holdings concentrated in 20% of hands.

Clearly, inequities are entrenched whilst divisions ‘twixt wealthy and needy yawn ever.

Still to define bliss via material means plunges one yet deeper into consumerism’s chasmic snare.

Gao Qiqiang’s saga in “Hurricane” mimics the downtrodden’s resurgence: from fishmonger to corporate luminary, vividly interpreting betterment.

Initially perceiving bliss through abundance exempting kin from scorn, yet power and riches avail naught when loved ones teeter at life’s precipice beyond salvage.

Purse and might pursued avail naught bereft family – how mention bliss?

Greater prosperity breeds diminished joyance. Psychology terms this law of diminishing returns, where satisfaction wanes with heightened acquisition.

As when parched wanderer glimpses solace in each meager sip, yet oasis inhabitant seeks further sustenance for bliss.

Our station ameliorated, so too bliss’ criteria and description rise.

Thus materialist bliss invites endless riches’ chase, whereas riches humor not.

Wealth functions to expand existence’s purviews, whilst bliss transcends pecuniary definition.

As Zizek muses, an paradox that riches portend bliss yet deplete it also.

Easy gravitation towards capitalist mores promising bliss through consumption often obscures true self.

Wealth may supplement yet cannot supplant bliss; obsessive riches’ pursuit serves only to remove one farther from bliss’ domain.

As beloved adage proclaims: bliss dwells not in bygone days or those yet coming, but scenes surrounding, victuals partook, companions surrounded by.

Let not bliss’ pursuit err onto the antithetical course. Dissatisfaction stems not from bliss’ absence but misconception of its essence – beyond money or social metrics.

True bliss spares endless anxieties and self-castigation due comparisons; rather, it enhances one and existence led.

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