Short stories to read quickly, and think slowly.

Socioeconomics

"Instead of wishes, I will provide answers to three questions," said the Genie, as she came out of the lamp.

"Ok... What is the best wish to ask for?" asked the merchant.

"Only ever want what you already have."

"Hmm... Why isn't it a good wish to ask for money or power or fame?"

"You will lose friends when moving in the socioeconomic ladder, be it up or down."

"And what about family?"

"Conflicts will arise in both directions, too", said the Genie, going back into the lamp.