The rich and the poor have one thing in common - worry over money and wealth.
One worry over what they have not; the other over how to keep it.
Preserving wealth is as difficult as finding it - it is a full-time job.
Those who have inherited it found their wealth locked in real assets.
It's real, but you can't eat it.
I know of children who'd spent the rest of their lives trying to unlocking the value and transform it into liquidity.
Those who have made their fortune in business found their wealth locked in the business - or more specifically, the stocks of the trade. They get killed by obsolescence, or the disinterest or incompetence of their children, or the dishonesty of their old staff.
Those who have little have a house or two, a car or two, and some cash which they try to grow at a rapid speed. They end up speculating their little cash in the stock market.
Those who are cleverest are those who have invested in the education of their children - for the wealth gets converted, if they are properly brought up, into values which do not die.
At the end of the day, the value of wealth gets measured in terms of houses or property and location. (Wah, he has some many houses and so many pieces of land.)
Shares and cash are merely different modes of holding that wealth - for spending.
To sum it up, those who are really rich are those who become wealthy when others become poor.
Those who are rich but not that rich as their wealth is eroded by inflation is when they are rich because the whole society becomes rich.
But those who are poor are not poor when they do not know poverty.
Those who are miserable are those who do not accept the situation they found themselves in. They are to be pitied.