Don’t Underestimate Life’s Value With A Disability
I wrote an essay in college exploring the ethics of using novel DNA screening technology to determine if a fetus had Down Syndrome. As an exercise, I tried to write it from a utilitarian perspective - how does one evaluate what does the most good for the greatest number of people? Was this a revival of the discredited eugenics movement, a failure to recognize the inherent value of human life and the effects such lives have on others, or a viable option for parents with a right to know?
My mom and perhaps the one other regular reader of this blog may have noticed I haven’t posted in a few weeks. December was a brutal month - my wife and I spent much of it either out of state in the ICU at the bedside of a critically ill family member or back at home indirectly supporting that family member from afar. I will be forever grateful to my colleagues who swapped shifts last minute to let me be present for my family. Following are a few reflections of this time.
Just as arbitrage deals with using inefficiencies in pricing to extract additional value in a financial transaction, ego arbitrage uses inefficiencies in the status of certain tasks or behaviors to create additional value (or savings) in your career and in your life.
It’s not at Vanguard. I was not an accredited investor at the time of purchase. And it’s beaten the S&P in value added every single year since I went all in. Trouble is, it’s closed to new investors. A recent thread on the WCI forum got me thinking about my single most important investment.
This post takes it title from a charismatic flight attendant's announcement prior to takeoff on a recent flight from California to Texas. It resonated for me. Like many other FI bloggers, I'm a recovering neurotic transitioning to calm.