The Big Think

July 12, 2011

Inevitability

Filed under: Disclosure,Politics — jasony @ 11:28 am

There are a lot of things in this world that I do not understand. Why anyone would wear uncomfortable shoes (looking at you, high heels), why Rap music is still popular, or why people just can’t acknowledge that Macs are superior to PC’s :).

But the most confounding and confusing thing to me, the one thing that reduces me to baffled and helpless incomprehension, is the tendency to remain in a terrible situation when the alternative is so much better. Indeed, to prefer the bad situation to the alternative when you have the resources to make it better.

You see this in society when battered spouses choose to remain with their alcoholic and abusive partners in the hopes that things might change. It shows itself in the inability of people to change personal habits that are unquestionably hurting them. And it exists in our own political leaders’ inability to extrapolate a simple cost curve into the future to the point where the current system becomes untenable. I’m not advocating political sides on this specific example- I’ve got friends from all parts of the political spectrum who would disagree on how that particular cost curve should be made sustainable, but I don’t personally know anyone who looks at the data and honestly believes that we can keep going the way we’re going. That everything will be okay.

The simple common-sense acknowledgement of what cannot go on forever… won’t is sadly missing in some of our leaders and in many of the people around us.

When it happens in politics it’s maddening. But when it happens closer to home it can be heartbreaking. The tendency to ignore the inevitable, to deny a plain line drawn on a piece of paper that shows a date when things fall apart, or to refuse to listen to logical and lovingly stated facts is something that I have not been equipped to handle. My mind does not work that way and I do not know how to cross a chasm when every healthy bridge of love and concern, carefully and nervously built, gets burned from the other side.

2 Comments »

  1. The devil you know…

    Looking forward to lunch.

    Comment by seanmctex — July 12, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  2. perfect comment, sean…i think that’s exactly right.

    Comment by Erin — July 12, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

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