Luke Skywalker: She’s rich.
Han Solo: Rich?
Luke: Rich, powerful. Listen, if you were to rescue her, the reward would be…
Luke: Well, more wealth than you can imagine!
Han: I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit.
Star Wars Episode IV, 1977
The little flag from CNN flashed on my phone a while ago, with the headline that the Powerball lottery was set to surpass the $600 million prize mark. I’ve come to the conclusion that this amount is simply too large for any single person to be given. Nevermind mind the arguments against lotteries and whether ultimately any real good comes from them. To think that a person might suddenly find themselves that incredibly wealthy is staggering. The question is not what could they do with all that money; rather, it’s what couldn’t they do with all that money?