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Lead or Follow?

Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of the ‘Big Issue’ magazine that is sold on the streets by the homeless. ‘A hand-up, not a hand-out’ according to it’s founder John Bird. The magazine has some great articles every week. This week the editor Paul McNamee was discussing the changes that the businesses created by the worlds’ richest people have had on society.

I was struck in particular by a statistic that he quoted about 43% of everything sold in in the US is bought online through Amazon. This is amazing. McNamee comments of the how one of the effects of this is that we no longer need to even go outside. As a result ‘the less we see the world in its brutal glory’.
I agree with this and think I think we should probably keep our thoughts about our own personal fortunes to a minimum. One of the ways that we can do this is by having a simple, robust investment system, that does not involve much time or headspace.  This then frees up our time to go out and see the world in it’s brutal glory, and do our bit to make it a better place.
btw: brutal statistic of the week (from Big Issue):  The average life expectancy of a homeless man in the UK is 47 compared to the national average of 79.
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