Captain’s log, stardate 20211226
My 8yo daughter ran into the living room tonight to challenge me to an impromptu game of Would You Rather.
She dove right in with:
“Would you rather be locked in a dog crate overnight or only be able to take one step per minute for a whole day?”
I should probably check her YouTube history...
Anyways, I said:
“Hey! That’s cheating!”
“I know, but... what if you gave me two good options to choose from instead of two bad ones?”
She was intrigued by this idea but needed clarification...
So I said the first thing that came to mind:
“Like... would you rather be rich or happy?”
She paused for a long time pondering this.
A smile slowly crept across her face.
Her expression continued to evolve into what only can be described as a grimace.
Finally, she burst out in frustration:
“AAAARGGHHH! I’ll probably think about this for my entire life!!!”
Like all good Would You Rather questions, “rich vs happy” is a false dichotomy.
It’s two different sliding scales:
All four combinations are possible:
While there is surely some interplay between these two variables at the extremes, they are largely independent.
Personally, as long as my kids figure out the “happy” axis, I don’t really care that much about where they land on the “rich” one.