The history of our times calls to mind those Walt Disney characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it, so that the power of their imagination keeps them suspended in mid-air; but as soon as they look down and see where they are, they fall. ~ Raoul Vaneigem
I find this statement as true now as it was when Vaneigem wrote it in The Revolution of Everyday Life. When I think of these characters, I picture the bankers most notably, but also average citizens who live beyond their means only to find the cliff ended a long time ago. I wonder what causes these people to act so irrationally and ignore reality, instead of doing what is rational.