So this is an absurd KFC Radio hypothetical and obviously we were talking about it in the office today. I mean the answer is pretty simple- Turning down 1 TRILLION dollars, for any reason, is stupid. 1 trillion dollars is a made up number. Nobody has a trillion dollars. Nobody has even gotten close. The world’s richest person right now is Jeff Bezos who fluctuates around $100 billion. Do you realize how far that is from a billion? You would have 10 times more money than the world’s richest person. You’d instantly become the King of the entire world. Everything you wanted to happen, would happen. Anything you wanted to build, you could build. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, cost $1.5 billion to build. That wouldn’t even make a dent in your bank account if you had a trillion dollars. Like, it wouldn’t even be noticeable.
So it’d be insane to turn down a trillion bucks, no matter what. Nevermind what you could do for generations of your family until the sun literally blew up, also what you could do for the rest of the world. Your name would be the most important name in the world. You could be the person who finances the cure of every major disease. You could slap your name on any building, hospital, university, etc in the world. It would be extremely selfish not to take the money.
But there is one person who wouldn’t do it. And his name is Ben.
This dude. I don’t even know what to say. This dude is saying he’d turn down a TRILLION dollars so he could…go fly fishing. That’s it. Someone is trying to hand him a trillion dollars and he’s saying “nope, I want to go to Wyoming”.
The thing we tried to tell him is when you have a trillion dollars, you can bring Wyoming to Ohio. He can build literally anything he wants with that sort of money. Build your most perfect swamp for fishing, slap a dome on it for climate control, and there you go, you have Wyoming.
With that sort of money there would be zero reason to leave Ohio, ever. YP could quite literally buy every piece of real estate in the entire state and have plenty left over. He could rename the state “YP Land”, buy the St. Louis Blues, and have them play in his back yard. He could build a state of the art arena so every band would come to town. He could build a climate controlled ski resort for the winter, and a beach for the summer. There’s really no limit to what you can do with $1 trillion. None.
And not to mention the type of world power you get with that sort of money. I don’t know how the illuminati works, but I’m pretty sure when you have 10x more money than anyone else alive, you can pull some strings if you so desire.
To be honest, I don’t think he fully grasps the type of money we are talking about. That’s the disconnect, he just doesn’t get the magnitude of the money.
That logic makes no sense. Nobody is talking about building 1,000 Cowboy Stadiums, that’s such an odd way to quantify it.
The only point he does make that I sort of understand is this one:
Sure. Going to Machu Picchu or the Great Wall of China or going snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef sounds nice. But saying you wouldn’t trade having a trillion…man, this is so dumb. Fuck Machu Picchu. You just don’t turn down that money. Your family can go to Machu Picchu. It’s such a small sacrifice to make for everything else you can do with that money. Like, a tiny, tiny sacrifice.
$100 dollars a day means nothing once you’re dead. YP could get hit by a bus tomorrow and he’d have collected $200. Or he could go to Ohio, have every luxury in the world, cure AIDS, have statues built for him in 3rd world countries for solving their famine, build unimaginable buildings, create new technologies, and go down in history as the most influential figure to ever walk the planet.
Or he could go fly fishing. What a toss up.