“Reading a history book, without putting its events in perspective, offers a similar bias to reading an account of life in New York seen from an emergency room at Bellevue Hospital.”- Nassim Taleb, Skin in the Game
The less frequent, yet more dramatic events are remembered not only in history books but in our own lives.
Because of this, we chase dramatic events and the drama ends up controlling most of our lives even though it makes up a tiny fraction of it.
Luckily, we don’t need to do much chasing anymore because there is a steady dose of drama waiting for us in our social & news feeds (sarcasm).
In a lot of ways, drama is like a drug, it produces an immediate serotonin response, and the more accessible it becomes, the more it’s abused.
- Marlboro sells nicotine.
- Facebook sells drama.
Both nicotine and drama, if abused, can destroy your ability to show up in the world the way you desire.
This post was inspired by reading Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb and watching the Social Dilemma on Netflix.