I didn't know where to put this but since it's essentially a behavioral issue I'll put it here under "ethics", but if it really should go somewhere else I won't mind if the mods relocate it.

So let's step into a casino for a moment, where there's a special roulette table set up. Bets can only be placed on single numbers, no odd or even groupings, no red or black, just one number. Bets are cheap, a bet costs a buck. And only a buck. A buck is the maximum; a buck is the minimum. The wheel is spun, and the ball clatters into a number as the wheel slows.

If the ball hits any number NOT your number, you get your dollar back, and a dime on top of it. It's not a game to try to get rich playing; even though the odds of getting a dime for your dollar are very good, you still only get a dime each time. Ho hum. At 3 minutes a spin you'd make $2.00 a hour.

Not a game you'd choose to play for entertainment.

If the ball land on your number, though, the payout is exponentially different. If the ball lands on your number, you lose your house, your job, your right arm, your dog, and all the money in your savings accounts.

Are you even going to go near that game? Even if the roulette wheel had 1000 numbers, would you still stick around picking off easy dimes, knowing that hitting your number, however unlikely, would be devastating? A game like that would have few players.

You know where that game has lots of players?

On the freeway.

I commute, so I'm on the freeway about 90 minutes every day. In that 90 minutes I see maneuvers by other drivers trying to "buy time" or just be first that often succeed, and they get a dime for a dollar's worth of effort, but too often a whole lot of us crawl in a backup because one of those maneuvers failed, somewhere up ahead.

The cost of consequence is an aspect of life that I have never seen taught, and don't see any evidence that it is being taught.

But it should be.

So let's step into a casino for a moment, where there's a special roulette table set up. Bets can only be placed on single numbers, no odd or even groupings, no red or black, just one number. Bets are cheap, a bet costs a buck. And only a buck. A buck is the maximum; a buck is the minimum. The wheel is spun, and the ball clatters into a number as the wheel slows.

If the ball hits any number NOT your number, you get your dollar back, and a dime on top of it. It's not a game to try to get rich playing; even though the odds of getting a dime for your dollar are very good, you still only get a dime each time. Ho hum. At 3 minutes a spin you'd make $2.00 a hour.

Not a game you'd choose to play for entertainment.

If the ball land on your number, though, the payout is exponentially different. If the ball lands on your number, you lose your house, your job, your right arm, your dog, and all the money in your savings accounts.

Are you even going to go near that game? Even if the roulette wheel had 1000 numbers, would you still stick around picking off easy dimes, knowing that hitting your number, however unlikely, would be devastating? A game like that would have few players.

You know where that game has lots of players?

On the freeway.

I commute, so I'm on the freeway about 90 minutes every day. In that 90 minutes I see maneuvers by other drivers trying to "buy time" or just be first that often succeed, and they get a dime for a dollar's worth of effort, but too often a whole lot of us crawl in a backup because one of those maneuvers failed, somewhere up ahead.

The cost of consequence is an aspect of life that I have never seen taught, and don't see any evidence that it is being taught.

But it should be.