April 05, 2007

Our valuable reservoirs of gullibility

Sir, can you imagine if we were not able or allowed to be gullible? What an awfully boring world it would be, drowned in rationality without being able to let our fantasies run wild, like Jacob Weisberg does when after drinking several cups of some green tea that on the label sells “a wisdom beyond wisdom” he comes to the joyful conclusion of a “I do believe it works”, “Green tea, the elixir of false virtue”, April 5.

And that is nothing when compared to analyzing gullibility from an economic perspective. Without it, can you imagine how much we would have to wipe out of the world’s GDP? In a world where so many jobs are currently being lost in the name of efficiency there can be no doubt that our last hopes of respectful employment lie in the hands of our reservoirs of gullible behaviours, and which thankfully seems to be quite renewable, at least as long we keep gullibility destroyers like Ralph Nader very far away from them.

As my own humble contribution to job creation I am currently giving a lot of credence to that innovative urban rumour that says that for an elevator to be able to offer a smooth and really “lucky” ride, it needs to be manned by a lift attendant who plays a solitary game on his or her computer while working.