Two thresholds one must cross before sufficient motivation can be mustered have to do with perception. If one views the modern state as a benign institution, then no motivation ensues. If one views it as malign, then the subsequent threshold is what to do. If one sees hope or opportunity or some other form of satisfaction to be derived from participating, then motivation again carries one along. If not, then any number of social pathologies are available as consolation, including vicarious involvement through political and charitable donations. Not very satisfying, but better than nothing. If one requires their vicarious investment to come with guarantees, then one has lost all motivation and is simply an impediment to those still engaged.


~ by Jay Taber on February 3, 2007.

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