Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Misattribution

If you've got a zit on the tip of your nose, all external injustice appears to stem from that.

The terrible discovery for fat people who lose weight is that, once the shower of praise from friends and loved ones abates, life remains as malicious, unjust, and heartless as ever. Same for poor people who get money, lonely people who get friends, and black people who get Obama.

The world is "off", and it has nothing to do with you. Yet, whoever you are, including billionaires and movie stars, things seem stacked against you...and it feels personal. So we (mostly unconsciously) attribute the brunt of it to whichever personal characteristic we happen to focus on.

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