*Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race*

The author is Todd Buchholz and it offers a valuable corrective to many accounts of zero- and negative-sum games:

I began to tear apart my old book manuscript and develop a new and controversial idea: the happiness comes from the rushing around.  We feel better chasing the tails, even if we never catch them.  The hunt makes us happier.  I began to write at a furious pace, feeling that I was knocking down false prophets who speak from pulpits, pits, classrooms, and yoga mats and make their followers feel guilty about trying to to eke out some success in a chaotic world.

You can pre-order it here.  I agree with the main thesis.  My question is this: if there is some value in butting your head against the wall, do the "false prophets" and their preaching make us happy too?


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