Within the newest episode of CBS Sunday morning is a 7+ minute section on recovering bits of our bodies from a army transport airplane that crashed in Alaska in 1952.

Most likely most viewers will get out of it what the CBS producers needed them to: how neat it’s and essential it’s to the family members to get well these bits of our bodies. I don’t problem their values; completely different folks have completely different values. My very own are fairly completely different. After I arrived in Toronto in November 2018 to go to my sister and realized that she had died 2 days earlier, I had the choice of going to the morgue and seeing her physique. I selected to not. To me, that physique wasn’t her.

What I received out of the section was very completely different. It was an indicator of how rich we’re. Numerous folks with varied values of time, a few of them most likely fairly excessive, exit annually to assist get well possessions and components of our bodies. The price of that in time worth alone needs to be enormous. Which implies the worth is even huger, or they wouldn’t do it. (Until, in fact, they’re sponsored by the federal government however my sense is that subsidies, if any, are small.) So why is the worth so excessive? As a result of we’re so rich. These sorts of actions are what economists name “regular items.” We wish extra of them as our wealth will increase.

Notice: The pic above is of the C-124 Globemaster, the kind of aircraft that went down in Alaska.

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