Such as the future.
With rare exception, we humans choose to spend our time on pursuits other than being well-informed. And so must rely upon – and be manipulated by – our emotions and conditioning. A painfully expensive mode of personal and societal governance. A few quotes on the subject.
What I’m confounded by in my great old age is the stupidity of the American people. Nobody can put together a thought. They don’t know why anything happens.
– Gore Vidal (1925-2012)
The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.
– Stephen Fry
When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental—men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost…
– Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)
The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason.
– Marya Mannes (1904-1990)
A vast sector of modern advertising…does not appeal to reason but to emotion; like any other kind of hypnoid suggestion, it tries to impress its objects emotionally and then make them submit intellectually.
– Erich Fromm (1900-1980)
The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts.
– Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
Education is the armor that protects you from emotions.
– Larry Swedroe
Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves.
– Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
Emotions are for enjoying the fruits of our decisions. Not making them.