“Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.” – Mark Twain
Mr. Williams’ behavior provides interesting insights into how powerful dopamine is. Here’s a seemingly intelligent man who had everything going for him. He’d made it to the top of his field, was admired by peers, respected by luminaries, and showcased on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.
He obviously understood how important credibility is to a newscaster’s reputation and yet, under the influence of the same neurotransmitter that makes it impossible for junkies to resist a fix, alcoholics to pass up a drink, and nicotine addicts to say no to a smoke, he caved to expectations of artificially inflating his status in the hopes of being envied by colleagues, fans, and even detractors.
Williams had to know how much was at stake and that he’d eventually be caught but dopamine makes even logical, rational, and honest individuals behave illogically, irrationally, and dishonestly. Worse, the neurotransmitter can make illogical, irrational, and dishonest types behave reprehensibly .
For example, on a recent FOX show a gaggle of jealous liars salivated, mocked, and entertained one another as they gleefully feasted on Williams’ fall from grace.
There they were, a panel of hypocrites, phonies, and frauds who deceive listeners every day for a network that pays them to misinterpret, misrepresent, and convolute reality. They aren’t evil people and one or two appeared somewhat intelligent, though not smart or conscious enough to smell their rank dishonesty.
They do what they do because they know what happens to FOX flunkies who make the mistake of revealing a smidgen of integrity. Interestingly enough, none of the little pots paused for a second as they took turns pontificating, condemning, and calling a big kettle black. And not one of the liars for hire grasped the irony of making an ironclad case about how a disingenuous newscaster, who acknowledged a single lie, didn’t deserve to ever be trusted again.
One more example of a neurotransmitter manipulating clueless money, attention, and esteem addicts into outfoxing one another, an audience that wants to be told what to think, and themselves.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair