Tuesday 6 June 2023

On the unusual popularity of, "Why I'm forcing you to read Aristotle".

[I received a question about this video, or about its unusual popularity, or about the unusual quantity of fan mail I receive about it.  What is it, exactly, that people like so much about the video?]

People like the idea that they can change.

Because they can't.

They like the idea that they can learn something from reading a book.

Because they can't.

People like the idea that they'll be a better person next year than they are this year.

Because they won't be.

That's the honest answer to your question: people like the video because it makes them feel good about themselves.  When they should really feel terrible about themselves.