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?This came up on my “feed” this morning.

In 1978, a wealthy businessman was sure a nuclear holocaust was imminent, and built his family another home 25 feet underground with all the appointments of then-modern life.  It was never used for its intended purpose.  Judging by the AC and ventilation units needed to keep it fresh down there, it may never have been suited for its intended purpose, anyway.

Overpreparing for future disasters is inelegant.  You are placing a bet on a certain outcome that no one wants, without faith that you can handle it when it does come.  You aren’t acknowledging that no one else wants that outcome either.  They are working on -solving- it harder than you, while you are just burrowing into the problem.

Sometimes, we try to intervene out of a sense of moral panic or urgency without stepping back and asking “what is ours to do?  How can we -fix- this?”.  Will our actions really make things better?   Are they likely to make things better, or are the only going to make things better in the most unlikely, but dreaded, outcome?

Thinking this way doesn’t feel as good as thinking we are omnipotent, or believing in wonderful outcomes, but it usually leads to better solutions.

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Quite the chandelier for that nuclear cave, though.

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