“The way the world is, you know,
someone could tell you to press the button. You have to be able to think what you’re doing for yourself.” – Jeff Bezos (6th grade)
Thanks to the internet, I can easily find pirated books. The above excerpted quote was taken from the opening pages of ‘The Everything Store’ by Brad Stone.
Immediately, when I read Bezos’ quote, I was reminded of the popular television show LOST. Specifically, I thought of Desmond Hume. The song playing in the background was ‘Downtown’ sung by Petula Clark as Desmond punched those numbers every 108 minutes.
He was told (taught) if he didn’t punch those numbers there would be severe consequences. He didn’t dare question what those consequences may be. (Meanwhile, Hurley got rich from those numbers and succumbed to materialism).
Eventually, if you haven’t seen the entire show don’t read any further…. (even if you haven’t seen the show you likely lack the self-control to restrain yourself from reading onward).
Eventually, the numbers are not entered into the computer system and it begins an apocalyptic catalyst. It was only apocalyptic for those who believed (and were taught) it would create a negative effect. Similarly, due to Hurley’s underlying emotional void; he succumbed to an addiction of materialism and those same numbers ended up being a curse rather than a blessing.