Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What's The Problem Here?

I reread an interview Tom Waits gave himself a couple of months ago. I misquoted him a couple of times in the past week telling people he had said, 'Humans are just chimps with math and guns.' The answer that my misquote is derived from is really insightful. Check it out.

Q: What’s wrong with the world?

A: We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. Leona Helmsley’s dog made 12 million last year… and Dean McLaine, a farmer in Ohio made $30,000. It’s just a gigantic version of the madness that grows in every one of our brains. We are monkeys with money and guns.

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