I’m reminded of the Titanic as I see our “ship of state” approaching the iceberg of national bankruptcy. There are only two choices for the person steering the ship with the iceberg already too close to avoid. One is to accept the reality of the iceberg and hold steady to meet it head on, trusting the design of the ship (the “design” of human nature) to withstand the disaster. The other is to react intuitively by trying to turn the ship to avoid the iceberg when it is already clearly too late.
The Titanic chose the second option and sank, killing the majority of the people on board. The Titanic was considered “unsinkable” because it had been designed to withstand a head on collision without sinking. What the designer didn’t anticipate was (more…)