The Golden Gate Bridge Didn’t Collapse!!

by on January 3, 2014

In which Hank talks about why we think the world is super screwed up and getting worse every day when, in fact, the world is pretty OK and getting better every day. There's so much good news every single day that cataloguing it would require all the newspaper in the world.

Loss Aversion: A Bad thing is twice as bad as a good thing is good: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loss_aversion

Confirmation Bias: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias Only hearing data that agree with things you already believe.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Autumn January 5, 2014 at 12:31 am

Dear Mr. Green,

Such as the fashion of a highly-regarded letter written in regards to “An Imperial Affliction” to a certain Peter van Houten, I set out today to deliver an equally as poetic address to you, the outstanding author of “The Fault in Our Stars”. I have recently read your book, and, let me just say, as I’m sure you have been told countless other times, well done. My goodness, this is truly one of the most spectacular books that it has ever been my pleasure to read.

After reading the Q&A that you did on your website (much appreciated, thank you) however, a few questions remain atop the expanse of rubble that this novel has reduced my mind to. I, as did many others, I assume, thought that the story would end mid-sentence as did “An Imperial Affliction”, up until the very moment when I read those last few sentences. Again, thank you. I would not have been writing this letter had such been the case. Quite honestly, I would have been heart-broken. Also, though I realize that we, the reader, are perceiving our opinion of Augustus Waters through an account filled with bias and favor, how in the world do you create such a personable character? You have managed to construct the very idea of romance and masculinity into a human state, and I am only left to marvel…how?

In addition, were you physically roaring with laughter, smirk upon your face as you wrote the scene nearing the end of the book when Hazel finds Peter van Houten awaiting her in her mother’s mini-van, accompanied by compositions of obnoxiously loud Swedish hip-hop music? I just about jumped out of my skin envisioning the mental image of being in such a situation, but shortly there-after, the very event struck me as utterly hilarious. On a related note, this serves to be the pinnacle of importance in this letter, how did you make everything so clever, and so funny at the same time? Waters and Lancaster have the most intellectually gorgeous conversations, just during their regular talks, but still there arises a truly lovely romantic line that pops up extremely-unexpectedly, and the leaves the reader, (at least such has been my experience), giddy and smiley and forces them to reread the paragraph or so, and grow increasingly happier each time that they do so. And when Lancaster lashes out upon Peter Van Houten in his home in Amsterdam? I can’t even. :)

Also, I digress here, but I have been watching “Mental Floss” videos for a really long time, and I had absolutely NO IDEA that you were the same guy! Paradox! I can’t believe I didn’t put it together. I saw your picture in the back of the book, and I immediately knew that I had seen you somewhere, I just hadn’t recognized where. Figured it out! Really though, it enabled me to hear the voice of the author (which I am continuing to find out that I strangely wonder after upon finishing a novel that becomes one of my favorites such as this? Do you ever get that?), and has given me insight into your personality, as well. You’re pretty cool. We share a lot of similar perspectives on things. And, could you please respond? I’d be tickled pink hearing from you. Maybe on your website homepage, or under the TFiOS tab? It would be MUCH appreciated.

But, as far as “The Fault in Our Stars” goes, I so admire how throughout the entire course of the story, you create such perfect description of the setting at hand, the emotions, visions, thoughts; you really embody the reader in the situation, and I couldn’t have enjoyed reading this story, I feel, more, because of this very thing. Though, as you may have observed, I described your writing style as perfect in the previous statement, which, I would assume, would draw forth much elaboration upon the very idea of perfection from your vast enigma of a mind. Is it attainable? Does it exist? Is such a concept mere ludicrous? Countless possibilities to be further explored!

The very reason of which I so enjoy your writing style. You manage to be entirely thought-provoking, attention grabbing, and mind-shattering as well as being hilarious and causing me to laugh aloud in the middle of a silent occasion (attracting many perplexed and disapproving glances from my fellow peers, rest assured), while at the same time gripping my very existence with a tale that feels as though it was written from the sub-conscience section of my very soul. I know, pretty extreme right? Simply stated, you’re a pretty kick-butt writer with a fantastic talent, and a wonderful book. I can’t wait to read “Paper Towns.” And, keep writing. I’d love to read more from you. “Quite frankly, I’d read your grocery lists.”

Sincerely,
-Autumn

Reply

Mikka Joy January 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I just wanted to thank you for both writing such amazing books (particularly “The Fault in our Stars”) and becoming my new inspiration. You have given me a new reason to write and create things in a more realistic way. Your sense of realism is amazing and I have immediately become a HUGE fan of yours. Congrats on the movie!!
And PS, if I ever get a book published, I promise to dedicate the book to you and the other authors that continue to be my inspiration.

Reply

Rezwan Razani January 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Dear Hank,

Great video! Have you read John Mueller’s “Atomic Obsession”? Here’s my post on it: http://www.fusionenergyleague.org/index.php/blog/article/atomic_obsession_nuclear_alarmism_from_hiroshima_to_al_qaeda – a bit rough, but really want you to get a hold of the book for yourself.

Now, if you can get people to stop freaking out about nuclear weapons; to realize the world is so much safer than we comprehend, to see just how irrational these fears are (WMD!OMG!) that have driven us to wars and the expenditure of trillions… I would love to see that video.

Keep up the amazing work!
Best regards,
Rezwan
Yes, the one with the Kidney question. Still waiting for an answer. You read these posts, right?

Reply

Heather January 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Hi Hank,

I’ve been following your and John’s vlogs since I found you after reading Fault in Our Stars last summer – and I am a licensed psychologist if you want any assistance with your crash course! I love trying to get psychology research out into the real world! Please feel free to contact me if you would like any assistance on the project.

Heather Walton

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: