Just kidding. Got you thinking, though, didn't I?
If you have millions and millions of dollars maybe this "lifestyle" will work for you. But if you don't, and are on a fixed income, you might want to think this through. It doesn't "save money" but spends it. And if you don't "do the math" you could end up in a lot of trouble. Why is saying the obvious so threatening?
Religion is the antithesis of intellect.
11. Genealogy is Bunk: This is a bonus item. People spend inordinate amounts of time "tracing their ancestors". They put together these indecipherable coded charts of names, birth dates, and death dates, and their links to other ancestors.
It is a never-ending task, as the number of ancestors you have expands exponentially with each successive generation. Go back even a few generations, and the number of ancestors and relatives expands to the hundreds, if not the thousands.
And what does it all mean? Beyond your immediate parents, and maybe grandparents, your genome is really unrelated to earlier ancestors. Or put another way, your genome is just as related to anyone else's if you go that far back. So there is no great meaning or divinity to be gotten from this. And people tend to selectively concentrate on their more colorful or respectable ancestors. "My ancestors came over on the Mayflower!" one might claim. True enough, but other ancestors came over in steerage as part of the poor white trash emigrating to America. Or they fled the homeland for America because they were wanted by the law. Or they were just uninteresting people (like most of us are) who left no mark in the world other than to have some babies.
At best, it is a stupefying boring hobby. At worst, it is a thin cover for racism. One of the main compelling reasons people did this sort of thing in the past was to be accepted "into society" which meant tracing your bloodline like that of a dog or horse. We are not dogs or horses. Genealogy is racist.
Of course, Aunt Hattie (and it is usually elderly women or gay men who do this) has spend years at this and spends all her time on chat groups talking about her noted ancestors (whose lives are so much more interesting that her drab, boring life). They have a lot invested in genealogy - sometimes literally.
And the industry? Genealogy websites, book sellers, and other hangers-on of this business, which it has become.