Gross National Investments

by | Aug 21, 2007 | Archives

Gross national investments can be good for our wealth, but not always good for our health or happiness.

Our son, Jake, just sent this quote attributed to the late Robert Kennedy:

“The Gross National Product includes air pollution and advertising for cigarettes, and ambulance to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors, and jails for the people who break them. GNP includes the destruction of the redwoods and the death of Lake Superior . It grows with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads…And if GNP includes all this, there is much that it does not comprehend. It does not allow for the health of our families, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It is indifferent to the decency of our factories and the safety of our streets alike. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, or the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials…GNP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile; and it can tell us everything about America – except whether we are proud to be Americans”.

This is why Merri and I always try to make investments that are fun, fulfilling or interesting to us as well as profitable.  Some of our best investments have included our beach house in Naples which we loved, our condos there that allowed my mom to spend winters with us.  This farm that has earned us millions, leaves me filled with joy every day when I awaken and look at this view from the front patio.

Or watch the wild turkeys graze in the front yard.

So look for investments that are interesting to you. Listen to your heart as well as your head when you invest.  This does not mean you have to give up profits either.

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Here are delegates from our last year’s course enjoying the front porch as our Appaloosa, Lucy, looks on.

Our Green portfolio has risen 200% in nine months! Helping the environment is fulfilling to Merri and me and as gratifying as this is has been profitable.

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Until next message, may all your investments be good…for you in every way.


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