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What is your lowest acceptable standard living that will bring you the maximum happiness? Let's debate and low it to the lowest possible!

Let's start with an example:
I will make that simple as a 4x4m clean room, with a pillow, a low-end internet-connected computer, a cool-warm room temperature and food bring to my door every day.
It's acceptable as living standard, but doesn't seem to maximum my happiness. What is your idea. What would make you crazy, crazy happy that you couldn't be positively any more happy? And when you choose to be in that stage you could be forever. In short, what is your notion of your own heaven?

The idea is too make it as real as possible so I will try to attack your ideal condition, by questioning changing in your happiness over time, conflict in interest...etc. And your job is either defending or changing your condition.

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    Aug 22 2013: I was 28 I lived in a warehouse,in the industrial section..it was a food locker originally with a huge door for off loading trucks..no windows..My parents were horrified and felt pity for their impoverished daughter..BUT I played guitar and drums everynight after work and lived my Rock and roll dreams...i slept in a sleeping bag on the cement floor,cooked from an electric wok and had only a bike to my name...BUT I was happy..music was my pupose,my friend,my philosopher,my drug,my love..I earned about 12000a year and often split my income with other muscians..Living with a purpose that one believes in allows the person to be stronger then the cultural norm is capable of intuiting...that is why to this day I believe the impossible by calculation is possible...this strenght of belief would seldom be validated without a slice of hardship to prove that WILL is the path for forging personal knowledge
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      Aug 22 2013: Hahaha....this is exactly why I ask the question in the first place. :)) How would a person like me know there are a 28 years old woman living in such condition and thinking in that way :)) You are very interesting indeed. :)) I still don't know whether I should pity or admire you though.
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      Aug 22 2013: Carolyn,
      Your words that touch my heart and create admiration are...

      "Living with a purpose that one believes in allows the person to be stronger then the cultural norm is capable of intuiting...that is why to this day I believe the impossible by calculation is possible...".

      Well said Carolyn, and I wholeheartedly agree!!!

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