The human tendency to deny risks & consequences





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Uploaded on Jan 14, 2012

Whenever you see someone speeding headlong into a fog bank, think about their lack of concern for the common good, including their own superficial existence. Every year, thousands of people die in the mindless pursuit of haste.

Odds are, 3/4ths of the people watching this video drive like that and think little of it. They get away with it 99+% of the time, so the risk doesn't register in their average brains. Point out that they're jeopardizing others and they'll rant about their precious busy schedule, or something about their "rights" and "time = money."

This concept applies to speeding in fog, drunk driving, cigarette smoking, drug use, risky coitus, global warming denial, and many other cases of willful ignorance of future consequences for the sake of short-term benefits.

The word DENIAL is in the dictionary for good reason. It applies to literally billions of people, most of whom think they are making intelligent choices.


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