Bad decisions – a rant

Dear readers,

Not a long post. More of a rhetorical question mixed with a rant.

Yes, as the title suggests, it’s about decisions. Vague, I know. But decisions. Why are people not very good at making them, especially those in power? I’m not arrogant or vain enough to believe I’m the best decision-maker in the world. I know I’m not.

Let’s get back to those in power. That’s my beef.  Those who make decisions based on personal or political interest or just plain idiocy that affects billions. Those behind the banking crisis, for example, but then hide themselves when the judges come calling. These decisions are nothing new; they’ve been going on since at dawn of civilisation, which seems more and more like an intrinisic flaw in our species. Yet only until recently we’ve been able to see these decisions to their fuller extent. Social media, the internet and 24 hour news ensures it comes at us thick and fast and aplenty. And each decision feels more and more depressing, omnious and out of our control. To me anyway; I’m not sure about you.

What decisions are you talking of then, sad sacks? I hear you saying. Those made by the current folk in power. Trump is obviously a great case study who’s made a few. From trying to provoke a war with North Korea, to sacking the head of the FBI, to adding higher taxing money transfers of immigrants in the US sending money back home to pay for a wall to, supposedly, keep them out (all based on vindiction, especially the last, which is not a strategy to prevent immigrants feeling the need to travel in the first place). These are decisions made powers who don’t really know what their doing.

FIFA. They’re also bad decision-makers. Corrupt decision-makers, let’s say, very much in bed with politics. The self-proclaimed football family is possibly the most hated in the neighborhood called planet Earth, whose family values are based on arrogrance, lies and fear, where sacking ethics judges investigating corruption to hide their wrong-doings and then shamelessly blame the press. Every decision they make now whiffs of corruption. Yet they get away with it.

Then you get decisions portrayed as “in the best interests of the people” yet there’s a huge slice of self-interest or bullshit and it whiffs up high above the fog mundane words. Politicians, the most machiavellian, are artists at this. David Cameron and Theresa May, especially. Forcing a referendum and then deciding on the worst possible option for an EU exit. The folk they serve are merely fodder for their reckless, self-interest. Intelligent they are. But the most round-about decisions they make. Every decision is a cascade, but it’s the public that crash on the rocks.

I’m sick of decisions. Sick of people who are useless at making them doing so ony behalf. It’s depressing. 

Yes. All this could be seen as a meaningless ramble. But I’m glad to have vented it.

I read the other day that Stephen Hawking once said that “human greed and stupidity are the greatest threats to Earth.”

He might well be right.

Death to bad decisions. Viva the sane ones

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About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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