Part I. The curse of a small nation
We all have probably heard the question: "If you're so smart why ain't you rich?". On a personal level, this question usually causes moderate discomfort making us reflect on our life goals, ask ourselves: "Yes, indeed, why am I not a millionaire despite my alleged smartness?" and possibly draw some unflattering conclusions. However, we are able to get rid of the feeling of discomfort claiming that we don't want to be rich and prefer an intelectually rich life rather than a prosperous one.