Passing thought

A little thought experiment: imagine two men dropped from a helicopter into the wilderness, and left to their own devices to survive.

One man is given a saw and shovel and a pack of seeds.

The the other is  given a box of $100 bills, and is a millionaire.

Who survives?

Money does not produce, think, invent, or work. Having a pile of money does not make a person smart or useful. If it did, trust babies would be our most, rather than least, important citizens.

The notion that the wealthy are necessary to our survival is nonsense. They do not create wealth. They merely harvest it from others. They can be useful in the allocation and investment process, but should be our servants and not our masters.

About Mark Tokarski

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7 Responses to Passing thought

  1. steve kelly says:

    McLuhan talked about losing (amputations) something everytime we adopt the use of a new technological “extension.” We may be losing our connection to nature. What then?

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    • I sure do notice that our wilderness areas are not populated like they were back in the 80’s and 90’s. People seem to need machines as an extension of their self, something between them and nature to get them in and out quick, run them through it without experiencing it.

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  2. Big Swede says:

    Money does correlate to intelligence.

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  3. steve kelly says:

    “The rich white family is cursed with too much money and privilege. It is devoid of empathy, the result of lifetimes of entitlement. It has little sense of loyalty and lacks the capacity for self-sacrifice. Its definition of friendship is reduced to “What can you do for me?” It is possessed by an insatiable lust to increase its fortunes and power. It believes that wealth and privilege confer to it a superior intelligence and virtue. It is infused with an unchecked hedonism and narcissism. And because of all this, it interprets reality through a lens of self-adulation and greed that renders it delusional. The rich white family is a menace. The pathologies of the poor, when set against the pathologies of rich white people, are like a candle set beside the sun.” – Chris Hedges http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41888.htm

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