Writing in Yes! Magazine, John Robbins explores the deep meaning of wealth. Robbins, an heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune, rejected his family’s money because he wanted to make his own way in the world. He notes studies and common sense evidence that show people with more money aren’t necessarily happier. Children today are more anxious than they were in 1950. We worship GDP as a measure of our wealth while ignoring all the harm that comes with a philosophy of more, more, more. Robbins cites economists, including Joseph Stiglitz, who are designing alternatives to GDP, new ways to measure real wealth. Hopefully, we will find a new way to judge our economic success so it fits our real lives, not just theories to please Wall Street.
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