While I certainly do not begrudge the funds raised for ALS research -- money is, after all, the only way to develop life-saving treatments through expensive research and trials -- it does raise some questions about awareness campaigns in the digital age. Why do some causes get so much attention and not others?
"Average is not good enough." I couldn't agree more with that statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about financial literacy. Yet average is what the United States is, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment's (PISA) recently released financial literacy data.
It is often said that the best things in life are the most simple and therefore the most under-appreciated. If you think of the happiest times in your life they are most likely to be around loved ones, when you were being creative or when you were giving of yourself. These have nothing to do with money.