Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

SELF INTEREST
Whatever you may think, your greatest interest is 'SELF'. The most basic of all instincts, animal or human, is self preservation. In Autumn squirrels hide as many as 3,000 acorns to see them through the Winter and many other creatures do something similar.
Squirrel eating nuts
However, as with most human instincts things become a bit twisted. Rather than building wealth to see them through hard times, we continue to build our hoard.

There are about 100 Billionaires in the UK. A billion pounds would allow you to live in luxury for several lifetimes. I know that's a simpletons way of looking at it but relate that to the
average annual wage of a bit less than £30k and the billion starts to look a bit much.

Examples of wanting but not needing are everywhere and it apples to animals as well as humans. Throw a
Sparrows
handful of food out for the sparrows and they seem to spend more time squabbling over a crust that simply eating.

Most of us look at the figure at the bottom of our bank balance. how many times do you ask yourself "Do I need more money?". My guess is that
most of us don't need more but most of us want more.

Migrants
Without getting all mushy and yearning for Communism, there seems to be something wrong with the system.

On the one hand there are people risking their life in unseaworthy boats to get to Europe; people in our affluent society who struggle to live a normal life and on the other hand someone like Roman Abramovich has a yacht called Eclipse.
Eclipse Yacht

He has spared no expense when it comes to his super yacht. He has installed a private defence system, including missile detection sensors, intruder alarms and armour plating and bulletproof windows in his master bedroom. Eclipse has two helipads, two swimming pools, 24 guest bedrooms, a disco hall and a mini-submarine. He is probably looking round for something better - not that he
needs it but probably just wants it.

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