Junk mail comes my way and usually it goes unread into the recycle bin, but today I skimmed through the AARP The Magazine – The World’s Largest-Circulation Magazine. It doesn’t appeal to me in part because of the blizzard of fake smiling photos and the know-it-all smirks. To fill up my gall they have these professional phoneys of long-dead eras still lying to us, but now it’s worse because they pretend like they’re giving us the findings of their profound life-long experiences. These are the people that are really good at pretending to be real even though everyone knows they are acting.
Perhaps I’m onto this grump because of this election cycle and the worst of the worst cream floating to the very top. Everywhere I look these days I’m blasted with the Grump. The disgusting media can’t take their attention off the ugliness and rot because it gives them ratings and makes them advertising money. Therefore we the public are given no real information to base our thoughts upon, only insulting stupidity. We have endured years of this artificial hate being poured into us by the media and their professional liars. The liars are given the honorific title “actors,” but that word itself means pretenders.
Today I read the article in AARP titled True Confessions of a Money Man. As soon as someone proclaims in a magazine that they are finally telling you the truth after a lifetime of lying, you can be certain they are lying. The author was, and apparently still is, a financial advisor, and now he is telling us that the advice he gave out throughout his thirty-five-year career was wrong, even though he followed his advice himself. 1 – In 1982 the sure bet was in oil … Now he says that was wrong. 2 – Put your money in an index fund … Now he says the fees will eat up your potential profits. 3 – Buy a pricey house … His Aspen, Colorado house tanked, but he escaped. 4 – Bargain investment in REITs style funds … Performed abysmally. 5 – Buy stuff instead of experiences … Now claims spend your money on experiences and memories because that brings happy memories. – and then unnumbered his final bit of advice. “The lesson: Making money is well and good, but happiness lies in getting out and enjoying life.” What he seems to mean by enjoying life is that spending money is better than getting it.
That article and the entire AARP magazine are based on the foolish premise that getting, having and spending money creates happiness. Because of that faulty belief they consider it fair and reasonable to fill their magazine, and their reader’s minds, with the idea that products of every imaginable sort will make their lives happier and meaningful. This is the advice that they bring to me “FREE” every month in the mail by The World’s Largest-Circulation Magazine. Every pretended factual article is followed with a product ad. Their real goal is for you to spend your money on their hyped products. Spend! Spend! Spend!
What will bring you happiness is doing lots of little kind things for your family and friends, and that is free.