I’m not naive. I realise that quality of life and income are inextricably bound together, but sooner or later we’re going to have to ask ourselves whether it is possible to make life more meaningful without charging it to Visa.
The things you learn in maturity aren’t simple things such as acquiring information and skills. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You learn not to burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent but pays off on character.