Forbes has published its yearly list of the world's richest people. In the 'Kings, Queens & Despots' category, Saddam Hussein comes in at #3, tied with Hans Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein. Net worth: $2 billion.
So, where does he get his money? I'll bet you know by now that when you drive an SUV, you drive with Osama. But did you know that when you read Elle, you read with Saddam? Car and Driver, too. And Woman's Day. It's true. Strange world, ain't it?
Is it evil to buy SUV's? Is it unethical to read Elle?
I bought a dozen 'Eggland Cage Free' eggs in the supermarket the other day. From free-range, 'vegetarian-fed hens' (I hope this doesn't mean they were fed on vegetarians...), antibiotic-free, hormone free. They came in a package composed of not one, but two layers of un-recyclable, non-biodegradable plastic.
Oh, the ambiguity of moral choice in an interconnected world.
Maybe I should read Car and Driver. I'll bet they have good advice on which SUV to buy.
|Originally a pictograph of three 'suns' (日). 'Birth/life' (生) was added for phonetic reasons, to express 'clear', but also possibly to indicate 'activity', i.e., the twinkling of stars. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Stars born from sun.'|