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Over $40 billion has been spent on The Beijing Olympics.[1]  The rationale, at least as Bob Costas described it on the NBC broadcast, was that much of the infrastructure was developed for these Olympics and for future use.

Joe Biden wasn’t a good candidate in ‘88, but is a good candidate in light of current situation in the White House. [2]

Electric cars weren’t a priority until the ice caps started melting. [3]

It’s been said that the best time to look for job is when you don’t need one.  The best time to take a risk is when you can handle a loss.

So, why does it take a major catalyst to cause people to change?

It’s a weird psychological issue that I don’t understand but there’s a part of us that makes decisions on the premise that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  [4] Actually, that’s the easiest time to fix it because you know what works.  You don’t have to worry about what happens if it fails.  The back-up system is already in place.

Any thoughts on the subject?


[1] Beijing Olympics to Cost China 44 billion dolars. Pravda.ru. http://english.pravda.ru/sports/games/06-08-2008/106003-beijing_olympics-0. Accessed: Aug 25, 2008.
[2] Brian Feener. His own head.
[3] Al Gore. His head and a bunch of third-party sources.
[4] The key to resolutions is a willingness to change. NY Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9A0DE3D7163BF932A35752C0A960948260. Accessed: Aug 25, 2008.
[5] Fight Club.

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