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The Value of Wealth

Whenever someone tells me that money doesn’t bring happiness, I smile and am glad that that person never had a close relative whose life depended on speedy medical intervention to the tune of several thousand dollars.

Of course, there is no lack of unhappy rich people. I’m not claiming money is a panacea. Only that it opens doors. 

The person with money has more options, can take more risks, acquire better quality knowledge more quickly, and focus more of his or her time on the areas of his greatest interest.

Science proves it. A research paper with a very robust control group found out that what I’ve been preaching for years is true: a single injection of capital into a poor family’s finances earns you (much) better results than five weeks of psychotherapy.

Fortunately, we continue to have scientists working hard to prove that which is obvious to all non-scientists. 🙂

Star Therapy

Here’s a reminder that I set up on my calendar: every 4th Sunday of the month, go outside after nightfall, and look at the stars for fifteen minutes.

Regardless of life going well, or going poorly, the stars are always there. There are many beautiful and inspiring things in the world, but few are as accessible as the starry sky.

And today… (Well, technically, yesterday, because I was late in posting. Sorry.) We’ve seen something new: the first photograph ever of a black hole.

What other wonders might be hidden up above? It’s interesting to think about it. Our ancestors couldn’t have dreamt about the things that we would know about the universe today. 

But they looked up at the same stars.

Apart by generations, by ages, or merely by seas and mountains; still, we all live under the same sky.

Naiveté or laziness?

We’ve never had so much information at our disposal.

Through legitimate or illegitimate means, we have access to news, testimonies, scientific studies, technical manuals and many other types of information that a decade and a half ago were accessible only to specific professional classes or to a social elite.

There might be the occasional need to consult a specialist, to decipher a particularly nebulous piece of information. But as a general rule, we have enough data to craft an informed opinion on just about anything – if we invest the time and effort to do so.

Why, then, do more and more people seem content to accept the first thing they hear when they turn on the television, the first words they read on an estranged friend’s Facebook?