Thursday, February 14, 2013
Are You Susceptible to Being Prompted (Manipulated)?
An interesting article in the UK’s The Telegraph reports on the UK’s experimentation with what is called The Nudge Unit.
At the unit’s heart is a simple premise. Instead of using clunky legislation, or the blunderbuss of regulations, to threaten people into action, government policy can better be executed by employing small, clever prompts. Combining economics with psychology, these “nudges” not only foment a more responsible population, but also make us as individuals feel happier and more informed about the choices we make. In short: you steer people towards better decisions by presenting choices in different ways.
While I appreciate that such psychological prompting can be effective; I’ve used such methods with my kids with some success; I find it disturbing when governments employ such methods in order to control citizens.
And, from 2011, David Cameron is nudging us in the right direction
“Not Yet Begun To Fight”
When I am in a river, stream or crick, fly rod in hand, casting to rising trout in the hope of enticing them to my fly, or battling a trout hooked and running to be free, or, even, simply standing silent and still in a stream as the water swirls and speaks softly around my legs, I know a peacefulness which displaces all which may be a burden to me. It seems, that combat vets also can experience this burden displacing peacefulness.
Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings remembers flight missions ‘high above the death and destruction’ in Vietnam. From the cockpit, he traced meandering ribbons that cut through the jungle. He recognized the shapes of the trout streams of home. Every night, he dreamed about fly-fishing. When he returned home to Montana in 1969, to a nation decades away from diagnosing PTSD, he went to the water. He tied a fly onto a line and cast. The river, he says, healed him.
In the space between war and a new battle, NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT unfolds: The Colonel reaches out to five men, a new generation returning from war. He brings them to the river and shares his secret: there are places where you can still be consumed by a simple act, find joy in a fight, and be redeemed as you gently release another creature, unharmed, into quiet waters.
Quote obtained from the “About” page of the film Not Yet Begun To Fight. I salute Colonel Eric Hastings. I’ll be searching out this film.
Via Moldy Chum.