I have many friends that are unemployed or dont make that much money, and I am also in a band with some people that are unemployed. I work, make good money (not to be confused with being wealthy), and as a result am able to find ways to afford things that some people can not such as expensive bass guitars, electronics, etc....I've sacrificed in many ways to be able to afford these things, and have no guilt about owning anything I have. Lately I've been hearing some pretty snarky comments from people who are less fortunate. Some of these are from the members of this band, others are from friends who are less fortunate than myself. This became really apparent yesterday at band practice as a friend of the band starting going on in a drunk and stoned rant about how he knew how expensive my gear was, and did I know that he's been unemployed for 5 years, another guy who is in the band has been unemployed for two years, etc..etc.. Now I have not always been able to afford nice things. For a long time I could not afford anything. I was never, ever jealous about what others had, and never angry at people for owning expensive things. I've always been pretty much happy go lucky and have always been content with whatever I had at that point in my life. On the contrary, at times in my life when I had no money but knew people who were well off, I think I felt lucky to know people who were able to own things that I might otherwise only see pictures of in a magazine. The kicker is that I fully recognize that I am lucky to be in a position where I can afford things that others can not. As a result I tend to be generous. If I do an upgrade on something in my house, often times I will give away (or sell very cheaply) the item I am upgrading from to a friend who could use it (in the past this has been speakers, stereo equipment, kitchen gadgets, etc). In the band I am in the guys like to party, so I will often stop on my way and pick up extra booze and leave it with them as opposed to taking it back home. Just curious if anyone else is in a similar position, where they are lucky to be employed, have extra money and those around them are not in that position and exhibit anger or jealousy?