Should people wait for goods, or should goods wait for people? Consider:
I think this is a really fundamental way to improve thinking about the economy.
In what situations do you personally think it’s OK to wait for a good that you personally are going to use?
It’s the holiday shopping season, and it should be really clear to all of you that you’d put up with this in almost no dimension of your life.
And yet we constantly have governments putting us in this position. Even here in rural southern Utah: have you had to wait at the DMV, how about at court, how about for an official transcript? I could go on.
In fact, most of use are worse than that, and I suggest we often clearly cross the border into being temporary a**holes. How so? Think about it: you’re so used to having everything available for you when you want it, that when the people who provide that service for you fail (for even a moment), we get upset at them … without even a thought about how amazingly they perform most of the time. Did you ever react well when Wal-Mart failed to have your favorite chocolate-coated sugar-bomb cereal on the shelves (even though they’ll usually have it back out there again within several hours)?
Via Carpe Diem.