Thinking is a Second Choice

bestI have already made the case that work is a distant second choice. Is thinking work? If thinking was not work, more people would enjoy doing math problems.The process of thinking is very tiresome. For people who don’t normally think, the mind tires very quickly. Attention wanders off into daydreams and fantasies. Just being awake and conscious is easy. Concentration is very taxing. Ask a human being to concentrate and he might leave the room, order another beer or smoke a joint. Chances are he will pretend to think as long as someone is watching. Thinking is very tiresome so it is much more preferential to let someone else do it.

The natural aversion to thinking is one of the reasons democracy is so hard to maintain. People vote their fantasies instead rather than come up with a rational choice. The brain grabs sound bites. The mind records them like a tape recorder. The human then adopts these notions as personal original thoughts. Voters almost never have any substance to their opinions. The opinion of a voter has about as much originality as a parrot babbling on a perch.

Back in the days when I drove a taxi cab I would always chat with passengers. This was during the Monica Lewinsky scandal so there was a lot to talk about. I would watch the news at home and hear talking points by one side or the other. Very frequently the phrase, “The American people want…………” would be spoken. The next day I would pick up passengers at the airport. It never failed, people would say “The American people want…….” whatever was said on the news the night before, would be repeated as if it was an original idea. These passengers were not day laborers. They were executives, attorneys, professors and other professionals. In their jobs, they probably relied on tired old dogma, conventional wisdom and manipulative skills to get by.

Thinking is very rare. Thinking is work. Those of us who engage in thinking have built up our mental stamina over many years. Thinking for about 30 seconds is all most minds can tolerate. Citizens line up behind candidates when their world view or some of their sensibilities appear to be supported. Usually political views reflect more of how a voter wants to appear to his peers. People believe they’re thinking. They seldom do. They copy.

There is a lot luck involved in electing a president. It appears that Americans have been terribly unlucky for most of history. Democracy was initiated with the belief that citizens would think and make the best choice, and then oversee the elected leaders’ performance in office. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen that way.

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James Quillian independent scholar,free market economist,and teacher of natural law. Who is James Quillian? Certainly I am nobody special, Just a tireless academic and deep thinker. Besides that, I have broken the code with respect to economics and political science. Credentials? Nothing you would be impressed with. I am not a household name. It is hard to become famous writing that virtually no one in the country is genuinely not in touch with reality. But, if I did not do that, there would be no point in my broking the broken the code. If you read the blog, it is easy to see that there are just a few charts, no math and no quantitative analysis. That is not by accident. Given what I know, those items are completely useless. I do turn out to be highly adept at applying natural law. Natural law has predominance over any principles the social science comes up. By virtue of understanding natural law, I can debunk, in just a few sentences , any theory that calls for intervention by a government. My taking the time to understand the ins and outs of Keynes General Theory is about like expecting a chemistry student to completely grasp all that the alchemists of the middle ages thought they understood in efforts to turn base metals into goal. Keynesian theory clearly calls for complete objectivity. Government can only make political decisions. Keynesian techniques call for economic decisions. So, why go any further with that? Fantasy Free Economics is in a sense a lot like technical analysis. Technical analysis began with the premise that it was impossible to gain enough information studying fundamentals to gain a trading advantage. Study the behavior of investors instead. Unlike technical analysis, I don't use technical charts. What I understand are the incentives of different people and entities active in the economics arena. For example, there is no such thing as an incentive to serve with life in the aggregate. In the aggregate, only self interest applies. It is routinely assumed otherwise. That is highly unappealing. But, I am sorry. That is the way it is. I can accept that because I am genuinely in touch with reality. Step one in using Fantasy Free Economics is for me to understand just how little I really know. A highly credentialed economist may know 100 times what I do based on the standard dogma. Compare the knowledge each of us has compared to all there is to know and we both look like we know nothing at all. There is always more than we don't know than what we do know. I am humble enough to present myself on that basis. Why? That is the way it is. I am not bad at math. I have taught math. What I understand is when to use it and when to rely on something else. Math is useless in natural law so I don't use it. While others look at numbers, I am busy understanding the forces in nature that makes their numbers what they are. That gives me a clear advantage.
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