Or at least he was, when he was five months old.
It was time to start weaning him and introduce him to something other than breast milk. After carefully reading through various books and articles about this, we decided to start him with celery.
Carefully washing the nicest stick we could find, we stuck it in the fridge for a few hours so it’d be nice and cool for my son to gum.
The moment came to give him his very first food other than milk. We took the celery stick out of the fridge and waved it at him. His grubby hands reached out and he eagerly grasped the chilled vegetable. Without any hesitation, he jammed it in his mouth and started gnawing on it.
The bliss that followed was indescribable. He closed his eyes in ecstasy. He gummed the stick on his left side, then switched to the front, then stuck it deeper to the right for a good chew. For someone who’s never had any food before, this was pure heaven.
The whole episode lasted a good twenty minutes before he got tired and we put him down for a well-deserved nap.
Now, about (at time of writing) Russian President Vladimir Putin, or any other rich and powerful person you might like to think of, he is, without doubt, one of the most powerful men in the world. He has phenomenal amounts of money – but that in itself is meaningless. The purpose of money is Power. The purpose of Power is Choice. The purpose of Choice is happiness.
Or something like that.
Or at least it should be.
Wouldn’t it be silly if we put in all our time and effort, work so hard, sacrifice ourselves and others, just to make money, so that we have to power to choose what we want, actually choose what we want and get it, and then be unhappy?
I hope the rich and powerful in the world are truly happy where it counts, but I have my doubts.
However, I do know this. If the purpose of money and power is happiness, then I submit to you that my son can find more bliss and joy in a chilled stick of celery than Putin can achieve with all his wealth and influence. With ten cents worth of vegetables, he could be more personally satisfied and fulfilled than Putin could achieve even if he succeeded in ruling the world.
Where it counts, I think my son wins.
PS And because we started him with a celery stick, from a purely hedonistic point of view for his future dietary adventures, it could only get better from there.