söndag 28 september 2014

The human condition distilled

Wait But Why has just now concluded its epic journey to crazy and remote places like Iraq and Greenland, with a video where people state what they desire the most. Here is the video at WBW.

The answers were:

  • money
  • travel
  • knowledge (language, wisdom, study)
  • cars (Lamborghini)
  • help their country
  • happiness
  • big house
  • health
  • end poverty
  • world peace
  • family
  • love

If the order isn't random, it's interesting to see how the wishes start out with the most immediate personal material needs, and then proceed to global issues and intangible "Miss World" topics.

Money doesn't make you happy. You can't live in money. You can't eat it. You can't love it. However, you can exchange it for almost any good or service at a moment's notice. Money in itself might not make you outright happy, but it can end misery for you and your friends and family. Money means saved time and an opportunity to travel, to study, to eat and sleep well, to exercise to become or stay healthy.

Money might not end world hunger or create peace or love, but it can help putting an individual on the right track. And enough individuals on the right track could actually do all those things.

And as Ayn Rand let Francisco d'Anconia convincingly state in Atlas Shrugged; money is the opposite of the root of all evil:

"...a country of money–and I have no higher, more reverent tribute to pay to America, for this means: a country of reason, justice, freedom, production, achievement"

1 kommentar:

  1. Fransisco's speech is epic. But they butchered it in the movies I think (I don't like the guy who's playing him, he doesn't match with my own mental image).