Thingish Things

Future Shock

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Mar• 14•11

The Portrait of Dorian GrayIf you knew what you were going to look like in 20 or 30 years, would it make you save money?  Not for a plastic surgery procedure – or a plastic bag and a handful of tuenols – but for retirement?

That’s what a Northwestern University study found, according to Rupert Murdoch’s new online newspaper, The Daily. The study suggests that young people cannot conceive of becoming old, so showing them a likeness of themselves years hence helps them concentrate the mind.  In other words, one look at your Dorian Gray portrait and you think, “That poor bastard. I gotta do something.”

I wonder if those same researches could devise a picture of our national financial health in decades to come.  Might help our respective legislators come budget time.



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  1. Your Friend says:

    Very nice image. Any time you can tie Dorian Grey into the future of our collective lives you’ve pulled something off.

    I feel like you did some pieces on the tragedy in Tuscon. How about the lost opportunity reported today? The NRA is another one of those lobbies that I think should be embarrassing to the right. I’m a hunter, as you know, but there is simply no need for a Glock. None.

  2. I agree. I think there is plenty of middle ground here. High capacity clips for example, although I must confess to have looked for one for my .17 HMR.

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