Sunday, 14 November 2010

Rocking on


We awoke from a deep sleep at 1.35am to a magnitude 4.7 aftershock; it definitely gave the house a wobble. The shocks don't bother me, but I see a few Twitter posts that indicate some people are still operating with pretty tightly wound springs. Others seem more relaxed, or at least show bravado: "Nice to get another shake - was starting to get withdrawal symptoms" said one.

It made me reflect on how the micro level can feel so different from the macro; the graphs may be trending down, but a shock is a shock, and it's hard to tell yourself that it's part of a long term decline. The human brain didn't evolve to do long term analysis, it's a short-term reactive decision maker.

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