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December 19, 2012

Money can’t buy me….. what, exactly?

December 19, 2012
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For those of you afflicted by the stresses of Christmas, tis the season of crass materialism to be jolly. But even if you are spared, here’s a fun exercise I was asked to conduct a few months ago for some piece of press work that probably never saw the light of day. Two questions:

  1. What do you think money can’t buy, and if you can’t buy it, how can you get it?
  2. What are the most important things you think money can buy, but shouldn’t?

So here are mine, but let’s hear yours (award for the best is international fame, but no prizes)

What do you think money can’t buy, and if you can’t buy it, how can you get it?

Confidence about the world my grandchildren will inhabit in 40 years – will our species go the way of the dinosaurs?

How to get it? Stop climate change. Simples. Oh, and have some children.

The pride of being the generation that ended world poverty, joining the abolitionists, suffragettes etc in the history booksJetpack

How to get it? Put our own house in order, support change makers in developing countries. Or just forge the history books.

A good night’s sleep

How to get it? Go running in the evening, live a smug and unstressed life

A decent jet pack (actually, money can probably get you that, sorry)

What are the most important things you think money can buy, but shouldn’t?

Luxury at the expense of others, whether those alive today, or future generations

Security built on razor wire and armed guards, rather than a sense of community

branson-astronaut-space-cadetDominance over/subservience of others

(Soon) the ability to live to 150 or more

Space tourism

Dinner (or still worse, space travel) with Richard Branson

Over to you for some better ones

5 comments

  1. Why shouldn’t money buy healthcare? I live in the UK and this year I have paid for work from a private osteopath and a private dentist. My mother in law paid for a private knee replacement. Why might that be wrong?

    My contribution to what money shouldn’t buy: a second home in an area where there is already a shortage of housing.

  2. What are the most important things you think money can buy, but shouldn’t?

    There is so much that money can buy that shouldn’t – where do I begin?!?!…nuclear weapons, in fact any weapon; private education (because high quality education should be free for everyone, all ages); political power; human trafficking; clean, safe water; vitamins and minerals (because everyone in the world should have a free supply of the RDA of all necessary vitamins and minerals)…and more!! 😉

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