I think for a number of decades, there was this very odd recruiting climate where Wall Street and consulting firms became the default option for students at good schools who didn’t know what they wanted to do after graduation. If you knew you were going to be a doctor, but you didn’t feel sure about your options, Wall Street was an incredibly enticing option. It created a generation of accidental bankers, and some of them did the wrong thing. I think now what you’re seeing with the competitiveness is the people who became bankers, they really want to be bankers. And I think that’s a good thing because it’s better for the banks and the rest of the economy to have people who are talented.
I think Kevin Roose is exactly wrong here. Maybe The Epicurean Dealmaker can explain why?
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The Reshaping of the World
Consequences for Society,
Politics and Business
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The first thing he said very softly mid-breakup was, ‘Should we go upstairs … ?’ And I thought he meant for goodbye sex. But then he continued, ‘We can change our Facebook statuses together.’
No more of these articles. Please.
It’s a whether vs what thing, basically. Or, to put it another way, it’s a real-world application of Buridan’s ass.
In the case of gifts, there are certain occasions (birthdays, weddings, Christmas) which are associated with strong societal pressure to give something. What you give is, in general, much less important than that you give. So it’s actually societally OK to give a crappy present: “it’s the thought that counts”.
Tattoos are more interesting. I’ve wanted a tattoo for quite a long time, but I’ve always been paralyzed by indecision about what tattoo to get. It’s so permanent, I set the bar extremely high — and end up with nothing, when I’m pretty sure I’d prefer something to nothing. Call it FOFR — fear of future regret — almost the opposite of FOMO.
When I see happily tattooed people, it’s obvious that they’ve made a simple determination — that a tattoo (or a lot of tattoos) is better than no tattoo, and that therefore they should simply go ahead and ink up. That doesn’t mean it makes sense to get an ice-cream cone tattooed on your face. But let’s remain within the realm of general common sense here, and I’m quite happy that the world’s skin is getting more colorful and interesting.
Just as I’m happy that people keep on giving each other gifts at this time of year. The deadweight loss involved notwithstanding.