Aug 10, 2006

Trivial Pursuit

When people think about something very important for you, is for someone else a trivial pursuit. (Of course as an economist you can justify it as 'you cant compare inter personal utility.yadi yada yada) considering tht u r intelligent and/ or not an economist you should feel something amiss.. when something important to u like the well being of India seem totally irrelevant to others...( the argument goes something like in another 50 years the individualism will be so strong that the concept of nation state may not be as relevant as you currently think. So as i see it there is actually enough diversity in the thought process ecosystem to warrant somebody's mission being called a trivial pursuit by someone else.

Maybe the economists are right in this regard..inter personal utility comparison is not only difficult but may be wrong and /or counterproductive.