Where does the brink lie?
The evidence seems to support my long-held conclusion that, if one's bank account increases, there is a point at which the average person will become so insulated from the real world that they will lose contact with reality. This is akin to insanity, but is actually kind of understandable, inasmuch as the person's bearings shift so that they don't actually have good benchmarks on what reality is.
Sadly, it is typically those who have so completely passed that brink who have the most access to mainstream media sources, to sound their opinions on what is right and proper.
So where does the brink lie, for an average person, in today's economy?
I would have to say that a person is independently wealthy if he has $3 million. Invested wisely, it would be no trick to bring in 7.5% interest, which would give that person $225,000 a year to live on without touching the principal. If you can't live comfortably off of that a year, you have a problem. Frankly, making half that ($112,500) in a year would be almost unimaginably wealthy for me, given my current financial status. Yet I don't think that would be enough to properly insulate one from the world he lives in.
So tell me, in comments: at what numerical point does the crayzee kick in, for the average person?