Although there are many statistics that reinforce the belief that money does not indeed buy lasting happiness, the pursuit of wealth not only in China but elsewhere in the world can be and often is obsessive.

One has but to examine the lives of those, who although famous and wealthy, had been unable to find an inner peace in their lives. Some celebrity examples could include: Michael Jackson, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe and Amy Winehouse.

In China, perhaps because the influx of wealth has been so sudden and staggering, the nation is so embroiled in money and what it can bring that there is even a school in Beijing dedicated to snagging a rich husband.

The Moral Education Center for Women is offering 30 hours of training at a cost of $3,000. Young women learn everything from proper make-up application to conversational skills and traditional tea-pouring techniques. So far, the school has enrolled some 2,800 women.

But Chinese experts are very concerned about this ever-growing trend, and a recent Supreme Court decision concerning ownership of a house after a divorce was directed at discouraging young women from “worshiping money.” The court ruled that the house in question would return to the person who owned it before the marriage.

This tendency of valuing wealth over love is disturbing and represents a mindset that destroys the challenges of the pursuit of happiness beyond how that relates to credit card expenditures. The death of love and romanticism could not be a sadder thing, for matrimony is difficult enough without the bond of love.

Don’t forget too that wise old saying that goes something like this:

He (or she) who marries for money shall earn every penny!




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.