Of Envy and Gratitude

Anyone who doubts the idea that perceptions of one’s wealth and well-being are strongly influenced by interpersonal comparative factors need only contemplate the position of someone remaining without electricity while much of the surrounding county’s power is being restored. It is very hot and humid in our house.

On the other hand, I did see a power truck go by a few hours ago.

Then again, one always remembers how much worse it could be. I hope somehow it misses New Orleans. (Steve, we’re thinking of you.)

Meanwhile I’ve relocated temporarily to my nice air-conditioned office in order to write tomorrow’s 8am lecture.

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