[brains & minds]

[brains & minds]

During my second year of university, I had a philosophy class. It was an interesting one and introduced me to a lot of ideas as well as stimulated my thinking abilities.

One of the papers that we needed to write for that class was about “Mind and Brain: Is There a Difference?”

The dictionary defines these terms as below:

MIND: The totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities.

BRAIN: The part of the central nervous system enclosed in the cranium of humans and other vertebrates, consisting of a soft, convoluted mass of gray and white matter and serving to control and coordinate the mental and physical actions.

God gave each one of us both. Mind and brain cooperate together, along with the rest of the body, making us able to move, think, laugh, and simply live.

However, often I wonder if some people only have brains – as if they haven’t used the mind and it became atrophied.

This morning I have heard the news that over 100,000 Ukrainians are upset because a financial pyramid is about to collapse.

I would’ve laughed if only it weren’t sad.

The thing about this particular pyramid is that when I was still a kid, in the early 90s, this pyramid blew up to smithereens. According to wikipedia, МММ was a Russian company that perpetrated one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time, in the 1990s. By different estimates from 5 to 40 million people lost up to $10 billion. The exact figures are not known even to the founders. The main founder was arrested and spent a jail term.

Fast forward a few years… to 2011.

When I first saw the banners, I thought it was a joke. Same guy, after serving the term, was back and doing the same thing all over again. Even the name of the company is the same. MMM.

“Ah, people would never trust that again,” I have naively thought.

They did.

My question?

HOW.CAN.YOU.BE.THAT.DUMB? *

Seriously. The people who can invest money have to be at least my age (there are some younger investors, but they are a minority). If I remember what a scandal it was back in the 90s, how can these people still trust and invest so much money into that obvious trap?

The only free cheese one can get is  found in a mouse trap.

Is the love for easy money so tempting? Is it so alluring to get rich fast that people believe any BS that they are told?

I don’t know how people can consciously walk into that ambush to be slaughtered once again. I really don’t.

What do you think about this entire thing? 

(* Borrowing the formatting from Bill Grandi)

  • I have seen similar stuff happen all over our world. When we lived in Uganda and people were worried about money, they made some less-than-bright choices. Many people “invest” in drugs… not realizing they are headed for jail. And, my personal opinion, it would be a scary, dangerous aspect to even put money stocks. I’m just tooooo cautious. Not very brave when it comes to money.

    I’m not a philosophy-oriented person. Makes me nuts to try to sort through it. But, being in charge and control of my brain/mind is very, VERY important. You’re thinking is interesting, to say the least.

    • You know, I can even sort of “understand” investing in drugs – it does bring profit (albeit all the negative part along with that profit)… But investing into a financial pyramid that already collapsed once and isn’t offering a new scheme now? Simply dumb.

      I can’t say I am philosophy-oriented, but I do like to understand and analyze the way people behave / think. And yes – it can drive one nuts 😀

      Thanks for stopping by, Joanne! 🙂

  • Thanks (I think) for the side comment Zee. 🙂 As for the gullibility of people? I believe it was W. C. Fields who said there is a fool born every minute. If we would only learn…

    • 🙂 I was writing the post and realized that your way of stating important stuff would really fit well here 😀 (Forgot to add the hyperlink to your name in the post, tho… Will change that.)

  • And you know Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results 😉

    Here in America it’s no different. We have lots of insanity 🙁 We even elect insane leaders. Blind leaders of the blind…and we’re all going straight into the ditch…if things don’t change soon.

    What is this world coming to Zee?

    Will you be my friend on FB? I’d love a friend from Ukraine.
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000009257

    • Heh, Einstein was right.

      What is this world coming to? The end, methinks.

      RE: Facebook – we are friends on Facebook 😀

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