The Motley Fool Discussion Boards
Retirement Discussions / Retire Early Liberal Edition
|Subject: Re: Your Brain Wants You To Be Poor||Date: 2/22/2007 4:57 PM|
|Author: Goofyhoofy||Number: 2742 of 58860|
<<There is no magic genie who says such a catastrophic event couldn't happen here. The chances are small, I grant you, but the intrcst formula is not perfect for all time and all places.>>
No one made that claim.
Sure you did. You said it was a "worst case scenario." Now we agree that it is not a "worst case scenario", but only one which has worked in this country, not others, and not in times of runaway inflation as we have seen in other countries, nor in catastrophic wars which have been lost, and perhaps not in other exigent circumstance.
The idea of this article that some people have a genetic predisposition to that kind of decision making is unproven excuse making.
All theories start with, uh, a theory. Since most of the animal kingdom doesn't plan for tomorrow, it seems possible that there is a genetic predisposition for humans not to, as well. Of course there are a few, a very few animals which "squirrel" away food for lean times, but those are a distinct minority.
An older bit of wisdom is content to observe that a fool and his money are soon parted.
I'm not sure what that has to do with the conversation, but it's a nice saying. Maybe you could patent it?
|Copyright 1996-2014 trademark and the "Fool" logo is a trademark of The Motley Fool, Inc. Contact Us|