―The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times by René Guénon (1886 - 1951)
Let's define rich so anyone could agree that is what "rich" means..
BUT, SERIOUSLY - Let's define rich:
Money will make you want to spend money. A large income and little free, meditative and/or recreational time means you need more advanced 'things' or materials around in order to enjoy your free time. -----
This is a monetary richness. This is a wealthy person able to "go big or go home" - in other words 'when they (a) have fun that (b) involves a large sum of money spent at one moment (x) in time. How monetarily rich someone is, is how much one can spend in a moment (xx) that one can make a comparative with any demographic of peoples in the world yearly income (yy). It's entirely opinion-based (as is all of this) to consider what is superrich or "rich."
Example: An individual person can "go big or go home" (xx) at a resort in the Dominic Republic for 5,000 dollars for 2.5 weeks. This event for enjoyment was at the cost of what one person on average in Thailand makes in a year. The person is at least more rich than the average person working a normally in Thailand. Those people may consider that man monetarily rich. That one moment (xx) cost as much as another person's yearly income (yy).
*FYI - in a small city of Thailand a police officer starting salary will be 8000 baht a month; that's about 250 USD as of 2015 exchange rates.
How rich you currently are, can be compared (personal yy and how much one can have a xx moment) by a series of searches for global income estimates... You can do that you're smart! So, are you monetarily rich? Compared to whom? Myself: The year was 2013 and I made 11,000 dollars (university and working part time - don't judge me!). But I had saved enough money to spend enough money to spend 990 USD to get certified to teach ESL and another cert. to tutor professionally.
That was my 'go big or go home'(xx) moment to get into the ESL circuit - but let's call it something else because it was not for fun but to establish a career (xy) - spending money to create ability to make more yearly income. I'll compare my xy to ... Let's see - Nigeria - So. What I needed to spend in a moment to get ahead in a career as tutor/private teacher - a Nigerian makes in about 2 month (about US$480 and $645 a month) in proportion to their yy I get to say I am rich enough to live in Niger for at least 2 months at the same cost of my xy, and not need to work. Again how rich are you? Most importantly, how does that make you feel? What do you feel when you think about how monetarily rich you can be considered by comparing xx's (or xy's) and yy's; if xx is more than the finite number of yy (whatever demography you consider) consider yourself at least more wealthy (or "richer") than those compared xx's to yy's.
How does it make you feel that your small 500 dollars is not so small to another. If you feel 500 is in any way small, you could be potentially be richer than a large population of the world. Forget comparing: if you're able to read this on my blog (in recent years of published date - 5-10) on a bran new Ipad tablet. You're more wealthy than a large number of people. Not everyone; most third world countries have smartphones and tablets regularly now. The inequality in the world is insane at this point in time and it exist within neighborhoods - within neighboring states/province/territories. In New Jersey America driving 15 miles from any south/north to north/south direction - of the northern half of N.J. - will lead you past at least 3 neighborhoods where income inequality can range from 25-35,000 to 85-120,000 in the neighborhoods.. This is where I am from. Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken, Paterson - I am in the central hub. On a daily basis I can be considered one of the more poor individuals in my state - if I was made a statistic.
So perhaps if there is ever a moment where you can spend what 50% of what the world will make in a year. You can safely say you are rich.
I didn't tell you how you can possibly make more money? Oh ops! Sorry not sorry! Unless you want a lucrative career teaching English aboard to really be able to reevaluate your monetary status!
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I made 12,000 USD dollars teaching in Thailand one year. And if this little calculator is correct that makes me 867,377,967th richest person on earth by income. Where are you?
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