Schopenhauer’s “The Wisdom of Life”: Poverty is not terrible, what is terrible is the limited “cognitive level”

2bebetter
4 min readNov 11, 2022

Schopenhauer’s “The Wisdom of Life”: Poverty is not terrible, what is terrible is the limited “cognitive level”

The lottery player bought a lottery ticket and won 9 million pounds. After 4 years, he became an alcoholic and had to live in a relative’s house. This is a true story that happened in the UK. In 2005, Keith and his wife won 9 million pounds in the national lottery, which was a huge sum of money at the time.

Keith, 54, works in a bakery, his wife Louise works in a law firm and has a 14-year-old son. The family lives in a semi-detached house.

In June 2005, the couple won the lottery, and Keith’s life changed drastically.

Moved from an old house worth 160,000 to a new house worth 500,000, spent hundreds of thousands on horse racing, bought a BMW for 60,000, bought a house in Cheshire for 1 million, and spent 15,000 to hire A gardener to take care of it, and paid another £25,000 to hire a driver. This is not enough. He loves football and bought the president’s box for the Aston Villa football team!

“Without a normal life, I started spending money, spending money, spending money…because there was always money in my pocket.”

He drank heavily and profligately. Finally, two years later, his wife couldn’t bear to leave him, and the bonus had been squandered a lot when they broke up, but Keith still got £1.5 million and Louise a few million pounds.

After the divorce, Keith was mentally fragile and caught gambling. After that, he met an investment scammer and lost 700,000 pounds.

Four years after winning the prize, he lost his lover and friends, lived in a small house owned by his nephew, and rarely went out. He even regretted buying a lottery ticket. Originally thought to be the guarantee of happiness in the second half of my life, but it was the beginning of disaster.

After reading this story, we can’t help but wonder, why are ordinary people sad and happy after receiving high bonuses? Is money that scary? Aren’t ordinary people or poor people worthy of wealth?

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