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The Mystery of the "Off" Switch . . . Solved! Sort of.

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Where's the "on" switch? Just when I was feeling so smart because I'd bought myself a new fancy-pants Mac computer, I had to spend 45 minutes looking for the power switch to turn the damn thing on.  Then I had the problem of figuring out the right way to turn it off.  In the early days of personal computers, people mocked the fact that you had to choose "on" to turn your computer off.  Though I thought myself more savvy when I bought my Mac, apparently, pressing the near-invisible "on" button was not the right way to turn it off. "OK Boomer" These " OK Boomer " moments became a motif--these days people say " meme "--in my encounters with technology.  Every time I dealt with a new "app" (why does everything have to have a nickname, abbreviation, initialism or acronym which obscures its meaning?  A sour-grape complaint for another day), I ended up asking "how do you turn it off?"   The millennial resp

Money Can Buy Happiness. The Question Is: “How Much Happiness Is Enough?”

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How much money buys happiness? Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell we can now say that increased wealth correlates with an increase in happiness up to an annual salary of $75,000 USD—that’s $100,000 Canadian  (See Good Teachers Are Always Underdogs ).  After $100,000 CAD, more money produces less and less happiness, until wealth eventually causes more problems than pleasures.         = < $100,000 CAD We are left with the question: “How much happiness is enough?”  Strange question?  I hope so.   Being unhappy is not a mental illness Listening to a lecture given by Thomas Szasz, the psychiatrist who denied the existence of anything that could be called a “mental illness” (see also Terrorism and Madness:  Between Sympathy and Understanding ), I was struck by his description of people who came to him thinking that they were mentally ill because they were not happy.  As Szasz reported, being unhappy is a perfectly reasonable, sane response to some of life’s events and circ