Perspective of Affluence

With all the talk about how terrible the economy is, it’s nice to get some perspective. Ours is an affluent society and even poor Americans have a standard of living which strikes most of the world as incredibly luxurious. But I suppose it’s not human nature to be greatful, so we complain. Of course, things could be better, and they will be, as long as we avoid tampering with the wealth producing engine that got us this far. But many of us seem devoted to the idea that we should abandon methods that work and adopt methods that have repeatedly failed or try bold new experiments based on some clever new theory. This is a luxury that only a wealthy country can afford.

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