Thursday, August 27, 2009


Here’s what you might be able to get for $9,000, if you shop smart:

That’s not a very generous list—it’s easy to spend more than $3,000 on one chair and you can spend more than $300 eating out. There’s no automobile. I tried to work one in but by the time you pay for insurance, gas and worry about repairs I don’t think it’s practical.

I think you could live a decent life with only these worldly goods, and I know many people that would be happy just to have this much. Your choice of what to buy might be different than mine, but you should know that $9,000 is a significant number.

If all the wealth of the world were divided evenly between every man, woman and child, then we would all have exactly $9,000 in goods and money.

So, if like me, you have more, then you should realize that others have less.

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