Think of this, you’re a judge and all day along you do nothing but hear the woes of the various people of the world and have to make decisions about their future and none of this is easy as each and every “decision brings with it, its own baggage. So you start out the day bright and fresh just having sent the little ones off to school after a “Beaver Cleaver” style breakfast and kiss your significant other good bye for the day to don your judicial garb and swing that gavel to bring justice to the world. However it’s now past lunch and you’re on the 20th shop lifter, 12th drunk driver and it seems everyone has a good reason for doing what they did right?
Now it’s up to you your honor to decide the fate of these folks based upon a myriad of rambling inputs from those sentenced to stand before you in a court of law. Yet “decisions” take energy as yes your brain is a huge consumer of calories and the harder it is forced to work as with making decisions the more calories burned and the greater the fatigue factor. Ok you say not much new here to see right as we don’t need a judicial analogy to remind us of how tiring a day behind a desk can be.
Yet this is a huge societal change we are facing as my parents were offered only 4 TV channels and one laundry detergent. Yet today, we are faced with hundreds in the case of TV channels to dozens for detergents yet what has this brought us as while diversity is good; however is there such a thing as over diversity?
Another interesting social dynamic borrowed from a recent Penelope Trunk blog post is the financial challenges of the poor as she points out they are forced to manage an undue amount of decisional over head in their life which creates a detrimental outcome as concerning oneself with minute buying decision is a costly emotional exercise leading to undue fatigue which supports negative habits. This raises an interesting point as the basis for our (American) social affluence was driven by our ability to remove these “minute” over heads. This is much like the interaction industrialization had on farming, as the mechanization became improved. The output of the farms grew which meant fewer people where needed, therefore those people could now work in the factory generating more as well as better mechanization which in turn further increased farm outputs.
So during this time of rising yield on both side of the coin, social affluence was built, however we now must ask ourselves what will happen when the curve reverses as which most things this is not a linear action nor is the result. So we should use care to talk ourselves into a false prophecy that things will get a little worse or as trend such as these are logarithmic and as such have tipping points to steal a Malcolm Gladwell term meaning there is a nee curve hiding out there. So much like the event horizon of a black hole, this economic dark horse is sitting out there waiting for its next victim as what the economic giveth, they also taketh and while they say the devils in the detail, he also seems to be lurking in the “decisions” too…