When I was a kid, I chance happened to meet a family whilst riding one summer. I found them so fascinating and their life so incredibly wonderful I decided I wanted what they had - so I guess, to me, they were rich beyond belief. I have never achieved it, not for lack of trying and not b/c I did not achieve the monetary wealth to do so, but b/c the forces of society are to great to overcome. This family lived on a 100 or so acre farm. They were not formally educated, did not speak correct english, and their kids didn't wear braces - but to me, they "had it all". Their house was built by their grandparents - kind of cabin-esque. No phone, and no indoor running water - no kidding. Everything was so simple and so immaculate. They were such a close knit, "fun loving" and giving family. They knew how to do everything well: sew, cook from scratch, fix engines, build stuff. And, they were resourceful beyond belief. I rode w their children and really wished I were one of them. They did not have the "things" I did, none of which made me as happy as I felt I would be if I were they. I realized they would have been made fun of by my ordinary friends....but when I was w them my ordinary friends seemed so incredibly clueless. They rode w old scratchy rope for reins. At very first I thought they should "fix" that...but then, what for? It is amazing how much "snobbery" one has that comes entirely from their environment - not from "functionality".
The technostructure has us all by the *ss. I do not see how that life could be improved on. It is not they that needed an education. Whist I would have given anything to live that life, you grow up and realize not everyone would, and it would not prepare your own children for the technostructure ....so, no matter how much or how little money it would have taken for me to be as "super rich" as they were...it just wasn't/isn't possible. Its a mad, mad world.