An anonymous benefactor offers to give you enough money for you to live in luxury for the rest of your life. The only condition is that you have to accept a permanent restriction on how far you can roam. The question is: What’s the smallest chunk of real estate that you’d be willing to be confined in for the rest of your life in exchange for fabulous wealth? A single room? A city block? The state of Rhode Island?
You can pick anywhere on Earth to be your permanent home, but once you’re there, you’re there for good. People can come and visit you. You just can’t leave.
I think I’d be willing to be confined to a major city like L.A. or New York for the rest of my life. But anything smaller would eventually feel oppressive.
How big is your gilded cage?