“There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
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.