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Humans, Economics and “the law of unintended consequences”

October 6, 2008

The following op-ed was co-authored by Situationist contribtor Jon Hanson and a Situationist fellow. In crisis, beware illusion of reform“ was published in the Providence Journal.

The Illusion of Wall Street Reform

I will not quote this article, because I have not yet read their sharing policy. I will. But, I do encourage my readers to click this link and connect to the consequences of human behavior and the current economic event we find ourselves in.  The Situationist Blog offers credible, researched insight that is relevant and useful toward understanding. That understanding is necessary before we can compile solutions that may lead us out of danger.  If America and the global economy is to recover, the diagnosis must be accurate.  Treatment and recovery follow the same discipline as medicine, diagnosis must be the first step, after stabilizing the patient.

The diagnosis appears to lie in human nature.  We are influenced.  We are led.  We become subjects of an illusion that is designed to control our behavior.  Using basic human instinct to compete, survive and improve social standing, we follow the most attractive options offered to us.  This is the science of marketing.  I have addressed this phenomenon on my posts about consumerism.  Like too much of any good thing, consumerism and materialism have become their own force of nature, unbridled and running wild.  This is a hard lesson.  Learning from this meltdown will make the painful lesson worthwhile.  Fear will impede the message.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain”.

Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear.

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