The Clear-Cut Answer to Why Rich People Suffer

By Margaret W. Lavigne 

Q: Why Rich People Suffer? 

Wealth is not God’s blessing and God can take away anyone’s wealth in a minute if the person does not earn the fortune in a righteous manner.  The Bible demands us to “Cast but a glance at riches” because wealth “will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle” (1 Timothy 6:10). 


As to anyone “who has been given much,” “much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48). The Bible reminds us that “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (NRSV, Mark 10:23-27). 


Why people of rich countries have high depression rates?

High percentage of people who live in wealthy countries experience mental health crisis. It’s worth nothing that mental illness is high among the young.Anxiety and fear go hand in hand. Persistent anxiety is a leading cause to depression. Anxiety has a lot to do with expectations and desires. People aim to be the winners or be superior to others in some ways, so as to be envied, accepted or respected. People are fear of being excluded from the group or be devalued. That’s why people rush themselves seeking early success.


Money can’t be the antidote to any life troubles. Rich people might suffer from chronic illness. Rich people might suffer due to failed relationship. Rich people might fail to build a comfortable relationship with their lover, parents, kids or colleagues. Wealth-accumulation does not guarantee a better life quality. The rich might suffer from anxiety disorders, insomnia, or sleep deprivation.

4 Common Causes of Depression
1) unhealed trauma/ mental wounds
2) pessimism and loss of hope: fail to believe a better future/ deny one’s ability to achieve what he/she wants out of life
3) unshakable negative emotions and anxiety 
4) habitual sleep deprivation: Sleep deprivation proved to lead to emotional weakness, anxiety disorders and depression.


Depression was estimated to have its highest prevalence in high-income countries, including France and the United States. According to global depression rates, people who live in well-off countries are slightly more likely to suffer from depression than those in low- to middle-income countries. According to the World Health Organization, around 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression.


The effect of age on depression differs across countries. In the United States and some European countries, depression rates go down with age that people know how to deal with life challenges better as they get older.

New research shows the richer we get, the less happy we become. the journal Nature Human Behavior found that once we reach a certain household income — $105,000 in the United States, $95,000 globally — more income “tended to be associated with reduced life satisfaction.” Further, research shows that children who come from well-off families are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and substance abuse than those who come from less affluent families


Happiness & Love 
“The deepest pleasures are derived from interpersonal love, warm relationships, giving, appreciation, and gratitude,” explains Fran Walfish, a Beverly Hills family and relationship psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent.”


Wealth, Pride & Isolation
The Harvard Business Review found that as people accumulate more income, they tend to distance themselves from others, which may be “ competition and selfishness.” It shows that rich people tend to undervalue social connectedness.


Usually, higher-paying jobs come with more responsibility and stress, for sure. In the real world, wealth comes from excessive working hours. An exploration into the topic by The Atlantic noted that “Elite men in the U.S. are the world’s chief workaholics. They work longer hours than poorer men in the United Staes.

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Top 20 Richest Countries in the World in 2018: The United States is Excluded from Top 4

Firstly, we shouldn’t measure a country’s wealth simply based on its GDP, you can only get a more accurate picture of how wealthy a country is by putting a country’s GDP per capita, PPP(Purchasing Power Parity) and inflation rates into account. With the data from the International Monetary Fund, here’s the result of the 20 richest countries in the worldwide scale.


1. Qatar (中文: 卡達)

Its GDP (PPP) per capita goes to $129,360 US dollars. Oil, gas, and petrochemical products are the main sources of revenue for the country.

2.Luxembourg (中文: 盧森堡)

Luxembourg has a GDP (PPP) per capita of $112,710 US dollars. Luxembourg has the highest minimum wage in Europe. The minimum pay for local workers is 1,923 EUR per month in 2014. Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the world. It has an area of around 2,586 square kilometres (999 square miles). And Luxembourg is the least populated of all the EU countries. The population is just over half a million people in 2015. Besides, it is one of the independent countries.

Significantly, it’s a safe country. According to a UN survey, people have less chance of being shot in Luxembourg than in any other country. There are around 1,300 police with just have two jails. Besides, Luxembourg is one of the countries where people is famed for a long lifespan.


How well do you know Luxembourg?

  • Nearly half of Luxembourg’s workforce comes from other countries.
  • The restaurants here provide incredible largest wine lists.  For instance, the restaurant Chiggeri allow the customers to pick from more than 2,200 different wines.
  • Euthanasia [1]and assisted suicide is legal here.

3. Singapore(新加坡)

Singapore has a GDP (PPP) per capita of $93,680. Singapore once topped the list of the best countries to live and work abroad. It’s very safe here and Singapore welcome multinationals[2] Financial services is one of the chief reasons which makes the small country rich.


People wondered how did Singapore become the richest country in Asia. Singapore was a former colony of the British Empire. Following the footsteps of Japan, Singapore industrializes rapidly over the decades. According to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2017, Singapore has 152,000 millionaires (in USD), about 2.5% of the population. There are 0.4% of the population ranked in the top 1% of global wealth holders.


[1] Euthanasia(中文: 安樂死)

[2] multinationals(中文:跨國公司)


Margaret W. Lavigne 司馬儀

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