On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you? What is your happiness level? I just heard a story this week of a study that found that in general, people rate their happiness a seven. Regardless of what is going on in life, people are a seven. Sure there are little bumps and jumps. Your auntie dies, and you go down for a couple of days, you win the lottery and you go up for a couple of days, but these highs and lows are fairly ephemeral. They only last for a short while, and then we balance themselves back out to that seven place. And its funny, from the outside we might look at a life and say, “Oh yeah, person A’s life is objectively better than person B,” but from their perspective, subjectively, they both experience life at a seven.
Perhaps it is just that I’ve never had forty acres to dig around in before this point in my life, but since coming to Colorado and moving onto my Granddad’s old plot, I have been amazed at how quickly soil can change. The dirt by my house is sticky clay, up by my folk’s house it seems like it is nothing but rocks, up more on the hill it seems like there is a lot more sand. Sometimes it feels like practically anywhere you put a shovel in the ground your bound to end up with something different.
Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, Amancio Ortega, and Mark Zuckerberg. A story came out this week saying that these five men, the five richest people in the world, now possess as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s populations. These five men own as much as 3, 750,000,000 people. Just take a second and try and wrap your head around that fact. On average each of them holds as much as nearly 750 million people. Each of them owns more than twice the population of the entirety of the United States!