Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Insider Quote: A Good Life

“I’ve always thought having a good life was about having a lot of options.”

Ryan Crocker
Former US Ambassador to Iraq
Dean, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Texas A&M University.
The Argonaut | University of Idaho


Roga said...

food for thought....
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.


diplopundit said...

Thanks Roga. I must confess that one of the things that makes me crazy every time I return to the US is going to the store and finding endless choices for cereals, pasta sauce, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc. etc. After being overseas where I often have a certain number of choices (original or spicy) visits to the stores back home can be quite overwhelming, even unsettling. Just as I'm writing this, I thought about lottery winners who moved from people of several choices to people of almost limitless choices. I wonder if their new lives are happier.

Thanks for the link. I've always enjoyed Barry Schwartz!