We try to teach economics 101 to the four future taxpayers living here at the farm.
Dollars and cents.
Supply and demand.
The Laffer curve.
Why money doesn’t grow on trees.
So it was a proud moment when my nine-year-old announced, “Mom….I’ve paid off my mortgage.”
She had been playing Animal Crossing.
If you haven’t heard of Animal Crossing….it’s a video game in a pretend town with a pretend general store and a pretend hair salon and a pretend coffee bar and a pretend museum. And it’s full of pretend animals who live in pretend houses.
And it’s all run by an economic genius fox named Tom Nook.
Tom, who is a fox, has a monopoly on the town.
Somehow…..he owns the houses and the furniture and the shovels and the fishing poles and all the groceries.
And an occasional flying saucer.
You play the game by fishing and picking fruit and digging up an odd assortment of vegetables.
And selling them to Tom Nook.
Who then turns around and takes all your profits when he sells you wallpaper and flooring and lamps and radios for your house.
So when my nine-year-old told me she had paid off her mortgage.
I was so happy.
I thought….to myself…..she actually outsmarted Tom Nook.
She was content in her starter home with her fishing pole and shovel.
She had learned the first lesson in Economics 101.
Be happy with the simple things in life.
So it was with great pride that I turned to my little entrepreneur and asked, “What are you going to do now that your house is paid off?”
“Are you going to donate your fish to the museum?”
“Are you going to pick apples for your sister to help pay off her house?”
“Are you going to help pull weeds in the neighborhood?”
She stared at me.
“What?” she asked….confused.
As if I asked a silly question.
As if the answer were already a foregone conclusion…..one that obviously eluded people who didn’t play Animal Crossing and live in the world of Tom Nook and friends.
“I’m going to buy a bigger house, of course,” she said proudly.
Obviously…..the American Dream is still alive and well at Animal Crossing
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