Re: FUM was Re: Ellison on Loserhood

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From: Ka-Ping Yee (
Date: Wed Aug 16 2000 - 06:28:48 PDT

On Tue, 15 Aug 2000, Jeff Bone wrote:
> One other way of putting it: while it's pretty much an obvious truth
> on some level that "there's more to life than money," isn't it also
> pretty much indisputable that having lots of money (once you've got it)
> should get you more of that "more?"

Far from "indisputable", this is your completely invalid assumption.

Money alone will not buy you friendship, respect, integrity, experience,
devotion, or love. It will not make you smarter, wiser, more creative,
or more skilled. It will not get you a family. Many people consider all
of these things, and more, essential to the pursuit of happiness.

> Fuck-you money (FUM) is whatever amount of money it takes to make an
> individual pretty much able to do whatever they want, whenever they
> want, even when that conflicts with what other people want, fuck you
> very much. ;-)

This kind of attitude clearly isn't going to make a lot of friends fast.

> (I.e., Larry Ellison lands at SFO whenever he damn well pleases, and
> pays the after-curfew landing fine.)

Right, and how well-loved is he?

-- ?!ng

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