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Debate Score:79
Arguments:46
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would you reather be poor and happy or rich and sad

Money mouthCry

poor

Side Score: 39
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rich

Side Score: 40
4 points

Well, no matter what I'd rather be happy. Mainly because happiness is what we all strive for. Without the strive for happiness, there is no point in living.

This is a stupid question. It always has been. Might as well ask "Would you rather be a piece of shit and happy or a human and miserable". If we can be both a piece of shit and happy, we would rather be that. As long as we're happy, none of that other shit matters.

Making money is just to fulfill desires. We fulfill desires in order to be happy. If you're already happy, you don't need money.

Side: poor
3 points

Happiness is the main goal in life for most sane people. But that's no reason to spit on money.

Here in the real world poverty and happiness don't really go together.

It's a whole lot easier to be happpy if you don't have poverty standing in your way.

Side: happy
2 points

Been both and I can tell you that from my experiences I prefer happy!

Side: poor
2 points

No matter if anything happens i always want to be happy.

I dont care if i'm poor as long as i'm a happy poor.

Side: poor
2 points

I would want to be happy and poor rather than being rich and miserable. Why would anybdy want to be miserable.If you want to be miserable and rich you must be desperate for money because being miserable can hurt you more than if you were poor and happy. So I would poor and happy anyday.

Side: poor
2 points

Our whole lives are for the "Pursuit of Happiness" the only things that matter in life you can't buy with money anyways, don't get me wrong I love money but no one necisarilly needs it, its just another one og the government's ways to keep everyone in line. If I was rich and unhappy I would throw all my money in a fire just to be happy for one day.

Side: poor
2 points

i would rather be poor and happy, i mean im the type of person that money has no effect on me, it doesn't matter to an extent. But when it comes to bills, it's a good thing to have, and to buy stuff, but other than that it's an inconvenience to have.

Side: poor

Why, now, would anyone choose misery?

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Side: poor
1 point

I would rather be poor and happy because I wouldn't want to be sad all the time but got money.

Side: poor
1 point

i would be rich and poor becaus eif i am rich i have money and i really wouldn't care if i am sad.......

Side: rich
1 point

I had an idiot bag my groceries today as I often do. He smashed the bread beneath the tuna fish. He broke three yogurt's when he dropped my beer on top of them, which consequently foamed over when I opened one just now,

and he was smiling and laughing the whole time.

In my sleep I am bright enough to bag groceries without crushing the bread.

He apparantly cannot, and with practice even.

He is fat, ugly, older than me but lives with his dad and doesn't have a car I know because I go to the same store all the time and have seen him come and go, and only god knows what a bagger is paid.

But there bagging my groceries, the only time I can think I could possibly be as happy as he, is that second I shoot a load, and only if it's into a supermodel.

Side: poor
1 point

The modern life is very wasteful.

Whenever someone buys food in America, they are not buying food, they are buying packaging.

Side: poor
1 point

Happiness depends upon the mind. You can be equally happy while rich or poor. The main reason we want money is to attain happiness.

Why would we replace our main goal (happiness) with that which we believe is the means to attain it (money)?

Side: poor
1 point

The way people thirst for money it is sad, it is like a drug, once you get it, a nice chunk of it, you'll do just about anything to keep it. I believe people are killing in certain professions, people we trust with our lives, are killing, just to keep up with their bills. Anna Nicole, Michael Jackson, Walter Payton. Our enemies are here in America. Taking our jobs, money, and our lives. What do we do? Nothing.

Side: poor
1 point

The way people thirst for money it is sad, it is like a drug, once you get it, a nice chunk of it, you'll do just about anything to keep it. I believe people are killing in certain professions, people we trust with our lives, are killing, just to keep up with their bills. Anna Nicole, Michael Jackson, Walter Payton. Our enemies are here in America. Taking our jobs, money, and our lives. What do we do? Nothing. All I have to say is look out you rich Americans, they are out for money! This is the Fourth Beast! (Daniel 7),

(Revelations 6:7-10), (Isaiah 19:18). The last verse I gave you talks about, "Five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction." Which are the Greeks (also known as Assyria in the Bible). In Isaiah 14:25-29 they are referred to as fiery serpents. But in Isaiah 10 Judgement day is here.

Side: poor
1 point

I also forgot to add, there is a Hebrew tribe that will be judged as well. Found in (Numbers 24:24) 'Eber'. Eber was thought to have been exiled to Persia. Don't quote me on that one. (Genesis 10:25)

Side: poor
MisterWrite(10) Disputed
1 point

Immigrants are the Fourth Beast? Good God, you're advocating race war.

I don't like the "porous border" concept either, but you mustn't blame the immigrants. Blame the greedy b--tards who readily and knowingly employ them, attracting them here in the first place. That scum is too cheap to pay higher wages for local labor, so you and I must compete with every campesino in South America and every college grad in India.

Yet Americans, who serve Mammon, make endless excuses for our business executives. I guess everyone must be either a hero or a villain, and you cannot call your boss a villain and hope to live, so this gives every businessman a clean bill of health. The simple-mindedness of my countrymen makes me weep.

Don't be racist. Be a reverse classist, and get it right.

Side: rich
1 point

I was going to write something, but the pyg basically said what I was going to say. The whole point of your life is to be happy, the happier you are the better life you had, the sadder you are the worse life you had. Therefore, I would much rather be poor and happy.

Side: poor
0 points

i rather be poor and happy because having alot of money but being unhappy is just pointless because money cant buy you happiness

Side: poor
MisterWrite(10) Disputed
0 points

True, but money can buy you meds which increase your happiness. That's a scientific fact.

One must not simply repeat what others have told him. Dig deeper, if you want the truth!

Side: rich
5 points

"money can buy you happiness. dont let nobody tell you different."

-Queen Latifah's character in "Mad Money".

If I was rich, but sad, I would buy myself something and use that to make myself happy. I'd use my money to travel the world, or fund research for a cure for cancer, or something heroic like that.

Side: rich
fire(41) Disputed
1 point

dont lie rich people are selfish unless what they are doing benefits them some way, you'd do nothing but buy stuff, take to doing drugs, and have sex with random people. In the end you would be miserable.

Side: poor
khfan22(14) Disputed
2 points

I would be helping with benefits, but not benefits to myself. And I would love to buy stuff, do drugs and have sex with random people. and then I would die in some incredibly awesome, deadly accident. Like my parachute wouldn't deploy while I was skydiving or something. So I'd die happy.

Side: rich
Joelsteele(9) Disputed
1 point

The argument states: 'rich and sad'. Would you agree that you have changed the question by arguing that if you were rich you would also be happy?

In this debate we must decide between happiness or wealth. You have said you would use wealth to do the things that make you happy. This implies that you value happiness over wealth.

Side: poor
1 point

The question wasn't if you'd use money to make yourself happy. You have two options: poor and happy or rich and sad. Bottom line. You have to live in one of the two.

Loser. :)

Side: poor
3 points

I think I could live with being miserable if it means my wife and kids and other members of my family were able to enjoy the wealth.

Side: rich
3 points

Well, why can't I be happy and rich? Does money make you miserable? Does a lack of money make you happy? This is a ridiculous question. Why do people always ask this? I mean, the socially correct answer is obviously poor and happy, but if offered a million dollars would you really not take it on the premise that you think you'd be miserable?

Side: Dumb Question-Poorly Written
2 points

you can be miserable or happy in any situation. But, rich people get bored and fill their lives with meaningless things, and enjoy talking down to people as a hobby, poor people get bored too dont get me wrong, but they dont constantly focus on looking down on people. You can only travel so many times, try so many different foods, and buy so many clothes before you get bored and do something self destructive, Life is meaningless.

Side: rich
3 points

If you took the money, then you could give it all away and make a larger amount of people happy than just yourself. You might also gain happiness by giving your money away. This is, of course, assuming that money can make people happy. I think that it would be relatively selfish to choose poor and happy when you could make so many others happy with money.

Side: rich
fire(41) Disputed
1 point

The key point i am going to make is how may rich people are genuine with their intentions toward others. People are already ridiculously selfish, and wealth just makes it worst especially if you are born into it, you dont look at anyone else with true compassion.

Side: poor
sirius(367) Disputed
2 points

If someone gives their money away, how does that make them selfish?

Side: rich
2 points

I figure that someone who is poor and happy is probably only as happy as a sad rich person.

Side: rich
1 point

Well said! Money can't buy you happiness, but poverty can't buy you anything.

Side: rich
2 points

I'm a greedy S.O.B. and I'd honestly rather be rich. At least then, I could buy stuff to make me a little happier for a little bit. And I could use my money to "buy" wives and friends.

Side: rich
1 point

I'll happily sell you my ex-wife, when you get the dough. She's in perfect condition and was only used 1,476 times.

Side: rich
1 point

Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure helps.

If you're rich and unhappy, it's easy to become poor. But if you're poor and unhappy, it's much harder to become rich.

Side: rich
1 point

Here is an extract from Ogden Nash's poem Terrible People, which packs some wisdom, and which I subscribe to :

"Perhaps indeed the possession of wealth is constantly distressing,

But I should be quite willing to assume every curse of wealth if I could at the same time assume every blessing.

The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can't cure,

Which is a kind of trouble that is even more troublesome if you are poor.

Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy, but it's very funny --

Have you ever tried to buy them without money? "

Side: rich
1 point

we all know there's no way people are poor and honestly happy. They try to keep positive attitudes. and i understand. i'm not rich myself but there hasn't been a time where i was broke and still could honestly have a positive upbeat on life.

Side: rich
1 point

I'd rather be rich... that way I'd buy stuff for myself and make myself happy

Side: rich
1 point

This is something of a false comparison, but I'll give it a whirl anyway.

If you've ever suffered from depression, which I have, then you know sadness comes and goes according to its own schedule - it's a part-time affliction, and one you can take steps to control.

Poverty, on the other hand, attacks night and day with no letup. And it tends to make all your sadnesses increase. And there's no way to remedy it quickly or easily - you must take a crap job, work your fingers to the bone, and hope for a bit of luck. Or take terrible risks, breaking the law.

So despite what we might want to believe here, the edge is with wealth. With money, you at least have better options.

Side: options depression risks
1 point

Money can buy me happiness. Even if it can't, it can buy me security. It's not fun not knowing when your next paycheck will be coming.

Side: rich

With money, you would not feel so bad. you can give money to charity

Side: rich

I would rather be rich and sad. I would have the money to buy lots of things.

Side: rich