That was the question asked in this thought-provoking video I watched over the weekend.
The tone of the narrator is a little too “kindergarten teacher” for me, and don’t watch if you don’t want to see people in beach-style attire in a few places.
But it makes a pretty interesting point. Compared to our predecessors, we live like kings (behold the $4,000 1980s brick cellphone).
The internet, on the scene a mere 15 years, brings people huge value–but costs us a minute fraction of that value. Is it the greatest deal ever?
I know it can be fashionable to knock capitalism. But living in a post-Communist country, with the economic and social scars still far from faded, you appreciate the system we have in America.
Poles I know, especially those with direct experience of Communism, are some of the most pro-free market people. It’s not hard to see why.
Amish certainly participate in, and benefit from, capitalism. Though Amish society is also backed by a strong sense of Christian duty requiring that you help your neighbor in times of need.
Most Amish are offline, of course. So the million-dollar-question is largely irrelevant for them.
How about you though–a million bucks to unplug from the net for life? Would it be worth it?