A World on Fire, by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Life is getting unarguably shittier for millions of people and yet millions more try to pretend nothing is happening. From Jeffrey A. Tucker at brownstone.org:

Every day, news reporters, traders, and workers of all sorts the world over wake to do their work as they always have. Part of that requires that everyone pretend that life is normal, fixable, and more or less stable. All of this is temporary. It will come and go and really not be that bad.

Strange, isn’t it? Human beings have a hard time adjusting to disaster, in their decision-making and even in their mindset. Reporters have to do their jobs as they are trained. Traders too. Everyone does. They please their bosses. They don’t sound alarms. They don’t scream and yell as they probably should.

But there is a moment in the day when the work is done and perhaps a cocktail comes out or the dishes are washed and the kids are in bed and the room falls silent. At this moment, millions and billions of people the world over know it. Disaster is all around us. We are just pretending otherwise, simply because this is what we have to do.

It was this way during lockdowns. They must know what they are doing otherwise why would we be forced to do this. If we all do our part, maybe this will end sooner rather than later. The experts surely know better than we do what is what. What can we do but trust?

Let us adjust and find a way to normalize all of this in our minds. We are powerless to change it in any case.

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3 responses to “A World on Fire, by Jeffrey A. Tucker

  1. “Life is getting unarguably shittier for millions of people and yet millions more try to pretend nothing is happening.”

    I find myself using this defense mechanism/excuse more often than I should.

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  2. Don’t be too hard on yourself. There’s a fine line between pretending nothing is happening and knowing what is happening but getting on with your life because there’s nothing you can do about it.

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  3. Thank you for the good advise.

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