Rebelling Against Economics
Vox has an article about what alcohol poisoning costs the United States each year.
I don’t mean to make light of death by alcohol poisoning but I’ve seen a series of articles like this over the past years and they always rub me the wrong way because they seem absolutely joyless with their overfocus on economics and costs. They can cover far less harmful stuff like “Here is what deciding to play hooky on the first nice day of spring costs America each year” or “Why that random weekday beach trip with your lover cost the economic 6 billion dollars.”
These articles seem to create the impression that we should all be about economics and the bottom line all the time while completely ignoring the stuff that makes being human great and fun and interesting.
What is with this overfocus on economics? What is wrong with a random day off every now and then to recharge or spend time with a lover even if it is not wise economically or business wise? What is with this never ending trend of explaining everything with economics and dollars instead of less tangible benefits?
Note: I am not a crank. I might be a poet at heart though.