The Learning Curve

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You can’t get enough of what you don’t want

You can’t get enough of what you don’t want to ever satisfy yourself.

It is rare that we have two extreme examples  on the same day.  The news broke before our wondering eyes that Jeff Thain, CEO of Merrill Lynch, had applied for a $10 million bonus this year.  This for a year in which Merrill Lynch lost more than $11 billion.  CNN — Campbell Brown commentary: No possible way to justify bonus request.

Plus, this morning the F.B.I. arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Federal fraud charges  for attempting to sell a Senate appointment to the highest bidder. CNN — Illinois governor in federal custody on corruption charges.

If money, power or prestige were the source of happiness, each of these guys already had enough by any sane standard to be quite content. But, obviously they did not.

Yet, the power of the belief that more money would soothe the dissatisfaction and hunger they felt was strong enough to drive them to excess, and in Blagojevich’s case, take the risk of losing everything.

You can’t get enough of what you don’t really want to ever satisfy.


Written by Tom Fox

12/09/2008 at 1:47 pm

Posted in Idiots

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