Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Good Life

What happens on Wall Street has very little to do with an individual’s happiness and well being. We all need the basics: shelter, food, water, clothes, and a basic level of security. In the big scheme of things it’s possible for everyone to have their basic needs taken care of. Things don’t work out that way, nothing says it can’t. 

People could have a very good life without spending a lot of money or destroying the planet. What makes for happiness? Being surrounded by people who love you is a big one. Can’t find that listed on the stock exchange. We are social creatures -some more so than others. 

On top of that we can have music, literature, games, philosophy, sports, religion -a whole range of good things for very little. Sure, you can pay silly money for these things but you don’t have to. While it’s possible to fly halfway around the world to go to some big concert, playing a guitar around a fire with friends is good too. You could go to a pro baseball game or play in a neighborhood softball league. The latter is probably better for you anyway. 

We live in a society where everything is monetized. Hobbies have been ruined by trying to turn them into jobs. They say find a job doing something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. In reality turning something your love into a job tends to turn it into something you hate. You might love to bake a dozen cupcakes for friends and family. Having to bake 500 of them, all exactly alike, day after day, kinda sucks. 

The trick these days is to find a relatively painless way to provide for you basic needs. After that you can seek out all kinds of fulfilling diversions. When the rats get off the wheel Wall Street suffers, but you probably won’t like most of those folks anyway.


1 comment:

  1. Sadly what happens on Wall St has a LOT to do with how life for us peons goes. Specifically the price of necessary goods and the value of our hard earned savings are both directly affected by the shenanigans the assclowns in the market pull.