I think I started ww3 with a friend by sending them an article about human behavior and the idea of the sunk cost fallacy. What is the “sunk cost fallacy?” it was taught to me in economics many years ago on the misconception that you make rational decisions based on the future value of stuff, objects, time, investments, and things. The reality is that all of us have a bias in our emotional loops, and we invest more in something the harder it becomes to abandon it. It is an interesting idea in a time when we have more of the planet living externally and pointing fingers about what is wrong with others, versus investing much of any time in looking inside ourselves.
Last week with the doctors, they all were throwing out numbers akin to what I feel are really about people wanting to grow and change. It is only about 3-5 % of the total population. I have a friend spouting inner fitness saying that number is 80%, and I have to jokingly ask, “Did Marin county nirvana meets utopia brand water somehow blind you?” (sorry, I remember James Hatfield explaining why he moved from there. It was something about everyone wants diversity; just that has to be their flavor of it. Sound familiar?)
I digress. So here I sit with my 10 minutes, and I am thinking that if the world is not going to try to change, all I can do is what the old monks have been trying to teach me, “it doesn’t matter what another does to you. it is you that has the choice as for how you wish to respond.” In the past, I would get frustrated, angry, mad, or any other simplistic low EQ reaction you see in abundant supplies in the united states these days. A part of me wonders if the president realizes how much influence and power his tweets and words have?
This power of “programming” and never asking “why?” became evident when some people I know are coming over to the united states for the first time. They have a list of “must see” that is very interesting. It is like the cab driver in Bogota sincerely asking me if the streets of the united states were paved with gold. What people think and feel about the country is brought either through what I call guns, butter, or entertainment diplomacy. More and more, you are being pushed to consume digital advertising and streamed information. It is a far cry from the internet’s founding idea to allow free information and democracy on the planet. I have come to a conclusion with nation states and a few large mega companies that the internet is turning into a giant cesspool of corrupted data. Last week the NY news ran a story about the faked video, and if you know how to use after effect or any Adobe products, you realize you can create anything. Some people like creating fakes for whatever purpose fits their agenda.
What I have learned, most of it the hard way in the past 15 years is that truth is straightforward and very beautiful. I also know that once you learn “how” to do all the tricks where you can take an entire multi-topping pizza and show how there is one and only topping on it – you can push perspective and manipulate people. It is why I am no longer in the area I used to work in. The reality of what is happening with data manipulation is why I don’t want to play in that game anymore. It is sad, in that there is a line from a movie called “lord of war” with Nicholas cage that I understand when someone asks him why he doesn’t quit the arms trade.
His character responds something to the effect of “because I am really good at it.”
It is hard to walk away from creating fantastic worlds where anything is possible. I don’t know if that is my choice, or if something far more significant than me is saying, “use the talents for something different in helping people not escape reality, but becoming more real themselves. First alpha tester is you!”
So, when I read about research with sunk costs. Alternatively, any other psychological situation where human emotion bypasses any fact or logical set of results. For example, I think they said 88% of people would purchase another ticket if they found they had lost 10 dollars for the cost of a ticket, yet, only 46% would buy another ticket if they lost the actual ticket. To me, this is fascinating how the human brain operates and thinks. It is the core of the mega Augmanity project of understanding humanity on the planet. My problem now is how to get unbiased data from places on the planet that you are not allowed the freedom of choice or to have a discussion about anything like you can in the states.
Perhaps that is my sadness. Today I watch more people dismiss everything different than what their narrow view of life is about. You see it in public spaces, you see it in private spaces. The behaviors will not bode well for humanity to understand each other peacefully or lovingly.
Because it is simpler and cheaper to point your finger at the other person than it is to look inside yourself and change, the best solution that you can control is to change yourself. What the majority of the planet (I don’t know if that is accurate so that we will say the united states for this construct) is more interested in pointing their finger and telling others to change when there might be .000001 % of the planet that is enlightened at any one moment.
As for the “there is more” and how many can rise above his known levels. It is something you do each day. Improvements like this come over a lifetime of work. Rarely are they instant gratification. The irony is that the world is becoming more and more instant gratification.
That’s is the ramble of the day. I don’t watch much TV, don’t’ go to movies, hardly listen to music…and really like quiet and no noise. I would instead make a tv show or movie. Create amazing spaces for people to hear and listen to music in a high-quality way…no noise.
Ok, back to the charcuterie designs that are for the morning work today...no more ramble…what does all this have to do with sunk cost fallacy? Basically when you see the facts, you realize you aren’t all that smart, no matter how much your brain wants to tell you that you are “special.” Another thing I can do with my ww3 friend is work all the communication techniques I have been learning in the past three years to see if my change, can help them change as well, and perhaps one day look back and we both wonder, “why were we so stupid?”