Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Rich Live Longer and Marry Better Because They Act on Knowledge
The rich live longer than the poor. But they didn't always. It seems to be that knowledge of how to live in a healthier way - and, especially, to not take up self-destructive habits - is the key. The rich got that knowledge sooner, and acted on it more effectively.
Knowledge-as-power is a two way street. People who act on knowledge that helps you live longer are also likely to get richer and gain higher status, regardless of where they started. And their kids start out with the advantage of parents who set a good example.
I think the same is true of marriage. The rich are more likely to be married, to marry before they have kids, and to stay married, than are the poor. I believe this is because they are more likely to have better knowledge of how to be married and how advantageous marriage is to the couple and their kids. Most importantly, the rich are more likely to act on the knowledge they have.
And the same two-way street analogy applies. The knowledgeable live longer and marry better.