Want to make a million?
That question is relatively new, as society goes. Back when we all scratched each other for ticks, we didn’t worry about accumulating cash. We wanted babies and power.
Even a few hundred years ago the idea of individual ambition was far-fetched. Only your lords and royalty were allowed to be ambitious. The rest of the herd could only rise so far, success was measured by your belly.
Today’s society allows us to be ambitious, to take chances, and accumulate wealth without great fear of it being swept up by his highness. Maybe our Uncle will sweep some up, but that’s in exchange for intangible goods. Another story.
So, let’s make a million. Here’s two recipes, tried and true many times since the invention of the Renaissance. First, take an ordinary substance, like water. Second, take a dash of technology, like sugar, food coloring, or a spice or other natural element. Maybe a combination of all of these. Then create a story about your new product and weave them together. PRESTO CHANGO! You have a product that can make you a million.
We are surrounded by such magical products that have made many millioinaires, and indeed, global mega-corporations whose reach extends deeply into all of our lives. But what does it say about us, as a society, that we are willing to exchange some of our wealth for a bit of their magical product. What does it say about comparing societies, perhaps some allow more magic than others?
The moral of today’s story is that we as individuals, and we as a society should question everything. Value should be of a lasting and improving sort, not something that merely subtracts from our current existence.
And what’s that second recipe? Let me know if you want to know – and I’ll tell you! Here’s a hint – Ben Franklin is one of the first to put it to use!