Russian Greetings, and Email & Money Addiction

Curated by CLAI

RUSSIANS v. AMERICANS: “How are you?” Americans say “Fine,” but Russians think: (1) you’ve been granted a heavenly reprieve from the wearisome grind that all but defines the human condition and as a result are experiencing a rare and sublime moment of fineness or (2) you are lying.
Ask a Russian, you will hear the truth: A blunt pronouncement of dissatisfaction punctuated by, say, the details of any recent digestive troubles.

Russian Greetings

Gail Anderson and Joe Newton; Image by A. Sverdlova/Sovfoto–UIG, via Getty Images

EMAIL ADDICTION: No, I didn’t spend two weeks replying to all those messages. I deleted them — without reading a single one — and declared what is known as email bankruptcy.

MONEY ADDICTION: In my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to pay, no philanthropic goal in mind. I wanted more money for exactly the same reason an alcoholic needs another drink: I was addicted. The satisfaction wasn’t just about the money. It was about the power. Because of how smart and successful I was, it was someone else’s job to make me happy.

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