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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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You’ve got celebrities losing their minds, no matter how much money they have, the same people who are setting fashion trends. There are billionaires that become role models and write lots of how-to–be-me books. Within all of this madness there comes the question, does money create happiness or can it shape people?

From the first examples I have given it seems a lot of good can come from money like success, big houses, and pretty friends. There’s also the flip side, when sometimes not even money can buy friends, beautiful or not. Personally, if I had to live by myself in a huge house, I would get a little lonely; then again a little spare change doesn’t hurt either. The question of wealth and what to do with it has become a paradox in society because we can see the problems, but will the advertisements and glamour stop? Probably not, because that means a loss of money.

Maybe we should be concentrating on character before what we can do with success and money? Seems to be the better the character of the person the greater good they can do for others with their wealth. Becoming wealthy takes guts, ambition, and sometimes stepping on others, which sometimes leaves out room for being nice.

Or we could just buy it... The reason I bring this up now is because in a few years we may not even have to worry about the relationship between money and happiness. We could get happiness out of a vending machine and have it at our disposal whenever we run out, that would be handy. This point makes happiness expendable too, so there could be equilibrium.

Money, or no money, the world will always have its little ponderings and curiosities. Like I said before, hobbies are a good way to stay relaxed until we find our claim to fame.


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