Well-Informed Futility Syndrome:
What is it, and who gives a damn?
Most of us, other than those I include in the One Percent, started to suffer from it, after the last financial melt down, in 2008-2009. If that wasn’t enough to develop the syndrome, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the impotence of the US government, in recent years, would have been.
It’s a form of self-protection. It is developed when you have become adequately aware of the severity of the situation, and realize that you have little to no control over it.
A form of it is common to alcoholics, and defeating it is part of the twelve-step process of recovery. At the end of each Alcoholics Anonymous meeting the attendees often pray for the knowledge to understand the difference between things that one can change, and those one cannot.
I always considered it a defeatist attitude. I still do, regardless of the fact that I shrink into it on a regular basis. Writing the novel was a form of combating the syndrome. I may, at least, imagine through writing a scenario of payback for those that precipitated the crashes of the last three centuries, assist in the cure. The research into the causes, and methods utilized to create previous crashes was both a cause of intensifying the syndrome, as well as a method of combating it.
Here is some information as to its definition from:
Published: Friday, October 21, 2011
“Well-informed Futility Syndrome” was first identified in 1973 by the American psychologist Gerhart Wiebe, who was examining the response of television viewers to the real-time Vietnam War news they were receiving in their own living rooms. The more they saw and learned about the disastrous complexity of the issues, the more paralyzed they felt by a sense of futility.
I consider the novel an elixir for any of you who have contracted the syndrome. I don’t require you to admit succumbing to the syndrome, or even that you suspect its influence upon your life.
The novel describes circumstances involved in previous crashes, the events that lead to identifying those responsible, and the chase, capture, and punishment of those that deliberately injured all of us who led a life of quality.
It is, as one reviewer put it, a “Great Read”.
For more information and links to samples is here: