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I'd say life in non-industrial countries often bests the US standard of living in terms of what makes life worthwhile.  There are obvious exceptions, but more more more possession of "things" like VCRs, SUVs and colossal houses, all owned by banks, does not make for a pleasant life.

Some of my most pleasant memories are of such things as walking down a hot, dusty country road with my grandfather to the local general store where he would pull out a small coin purse, fish out a couple of nickles and buy my brother and I each a 5oz soda.  Much later in life I walked down a similar road in Zambia and bought another small soda at a remote gasoline station.  I fished it out of one of those old water cooled boxes, long obsolete in the US and other modern countries, and paid the equivalent of 5 cents for it. Very few things provided me as much pleasure as these simple experiences.  One experience based on the love of my grandfather, the other reminding me of that same love.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Wed Apr 15th, 2009 at 09:52:09 PM EST
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