I tend to think you can get great SQ for a relatively small amount of money. So why do people keep paying so much? Then I ran across this article… different topic, same focus.
…the problem is a “very simple set of assumptions about human nature, which are clearly and demonstrably wrong”.
Chief among them is our preoccupation with scarcity – a hangover from the early agricultural state some 12,000 years ago, when we went from foragers to farmers. Somewhat paradoxically, in being able to cultivate and store food, we became fixated on the possibility we might not have enough
“Greed became institutionalised with cities,” says Suzman. Our new physical proximity to wealth also exacerbated our anxiety over scarcity, focusing our minds on how we were lacking. “Suddenly there was now this confrontation, this contrast in wealth, and I think that began to shape people. It created this melancholy of constant aspiration.”
And don’t we see exactly that in some of the more extreme pursuits of SQ? Is it because we’ve become societally conditioned to be greedy, to never be satisfied with enough?