Trained to rely on ~ be trustingly codependent~ representations, symbols…I have observed this in relation to words, too. As in actions speak louder than words — but, somehow, words still over tend to prevail. “Read my lips.” Well, a good read on that is: They are moving, so you must belying. Read the Declaration & the Constitution, which “say.” (But, again, what about the action flies in the buttermilk?)
“If even one life is saved.” Analysis in a vacuum….is not analysis. What’s the net? Not the solipsistic net (like TBTF, eh?). As painful as individual level experience might be, it’s not the net. Dumbing down is the net. “Privatizing” the take & socializing the true costs is the net. Which is a net negative. And addiction, which seems to well describe a lot of people & their “relationship” with devices, is, too, a dumbing down net negative.
Tool maker\user…judo…tool made\used. Rise of the machines. Singularity is near. etc. Conservation of mass, energy, is real. So is conservation of risk. You can pretend to move it around, but you can’t get rid of it. Pretending to remove agency, whether by handing it off to a “representative” in congress, or a representative machine (redundant?) is an illusion. Illusions conserve to over population - & environmental degradation. Illusions increase risk.
Ever heard of the “risk free rate of return?” A financial fiction imposed to make the models work. Hellen Keller was smarter, more honest that the Nobel laureates that sold, & then imploded, Long Term Capital Management:
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
Even eyes & ears can be, more & more it seems are, mechanized.