Posted by: Jim | December 11, 2006

Quote of the Day

I just read this over at

“As psychologist Robert Wright put it:
The brain is like a good lawyer: given any set of interests to defend, it sets about convincing the world of their moral and logical worth, regardless of whether they in fact have any of either. Like a lawyer, the human brain wants victory, not truth; and, like a lawyer, it is sometimes more admirable for skill than for virtue.”

I haven’t read anything more true in a long time.



  1. And, like a lawyer, it ends up costing you a bloody fortune in the end.

    * * *

  2. I think this is generally true, however, there are exceptions.

    I cite the great game of baseball as an example.

    Andy Pettite just leapt back to the richest team in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees. He departed Gotham several years back because he felt he was underappreciated. Houston invited him to come back to his HOME TOWN and play. Now that he’s at the end of his career (in Houston), he’s looking for victory – to make as much money as he can before retiring, even if he has to sacrifice his integrity to do so. All he did was say he was underappreciated in Houston.

    No lie.

    I have always contested that the victory in baseball today is on a personal level, and that victory is the almighty dollar. Victory in baseball when I was growing up meant how often you got to play, and how often you won.

    I quote Sparky Anderson, famed manager for the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers: “I can’t believe they pay us to play baseball – something we did for free as kids.

    You could never get me to sell out for money to play a game. That’s the truth, and my personal victory. A little righteous? You bet.

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