The Big Short is actually about insanity. More specifically, it’s about the insanity resulting from dopamine-induced addictions to money, power, acceptance, approval, and status.
“Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.”
– Mark Twain
The inconvenient truth is convenience has turned out to be so addictive it might be too late to save our species from self-annihilation because we’ve reached a point where just discussing what needs to be done is considered too inconvenient.
In a previous post I expressed my appreciation for Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s “Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain.” This time around I’d like to address a few reservations.
“Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.”
– Agent Smith
“History is indeed little more than the register of crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.”
– Edward Gibbon, historian (1737-1794)
If our species does self-destruct, it won’t be because of addictions. It will be because of the dishonesty caused by additions.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Mahatma Gandhi