Being born under License Raj, I always feel that regulations is bad. The only thing it does is add shackles and more red tape. But then this article throws a valid new viewpoint.

Back in the nineteen-seventies, an economist named Thomas Schelling, who later won the Nobel Prize, noticed something peculiar about the N.H.L. At the time, players were allowed, but not required, to wear helmets, and most players chose to go helmet-less, despite the risk of severe head trauma. But when they were asked in secret ballots most players also said that the league should require them to wear helmets. The reason for this conflict, Schelling explained, was that not wearing a helmet conferred a slight advantage on the ice; crucially, it gave the player better peripheral vision, and it also made him look fearless. The players wanted to have their heads protected, but as individuals they couldnโ€™t afford to jeopardize their effectiveness on the ice. Making helmets compulsory eliminated the dilemma: the players could protect their heads without suffering a competitive disadvantage.

Basically most people want to do things a certain way, but they cannot do it because it won’t make them look good. So in that case government regulations are good.

eg: A lot of people do not wear specs… Because it makes them feel uncool. So they have 2 options, discard the specs and watch a blurry TV 24 hours a day or go for contact lenses (which harm the eye and increases your risk of infection) So even though you are most comfortable wearing a specs, you do not even want to be spotted with it.

On a lighten tone…. why is it that people wearing specs are regarded as intelligent, who can read and write well… but those wearing a hearing aid not considered good listeners?

18 replies on “Regulation”

this is like comparing apples and oranges

what shilling said and as per the article deals with laws of the jungle survival of the fittest
and who doesnot want to portray themselves as tough?

in india it is quite the opposite
here innovation is stifled
take for example using ethanol mixed petrol
like in brazil the govt is still thinking
petrol mixed with other cheaper additives — Adultration is ok
like gasolene or naptha etc (most oil co officials are also involved sometimes)

why do u think comparing specs with helmets is like comparing oranges and apples?

//in india it is quite the opposite
here innovation is stifled//
yups i would agree to that… a lot of indians have a very closed mind and r scared of any change… no matter how small.

//take for example using ethanol mixed petrol//
thats a mess… and all these problems r because of the huge price difference… i know a vehicle emitting white fumes is running on kerosene… but why can’t authorities fine that guy?

i thought brazil has already mixing ethanol with petrol… however US attempts to make ethanol from corn seems to have backfired.. the prices of food grains have shot because of it.

In Hindi they say “Kaan pak gaye” to refer to becoming sick of hearing the same thing. In India, most kaans<pakaofy becuase of rotten, spoilt water, not because of a spoilt- rotten daughter! ๐Ÿ˜‰

@rambodoc water and daughter rhyme, but what is the relation between โ€œKaan pak gayeโ€ and daughters.
Ankur, you remind me of the days when our poor cricketers faced the West Indian pace bowlers without Helmets.

Ankur remarked in his post that wearing hearing aids doesn’t imply that a person is a good listener..and many people with middle ear infections (otitis media–‘kaan pak jaana’) need help for deafness. In a lighter, metaphorical vein, the stereotypical hen-pecking woman also cause kaans to pakaofy
You aren’t going to ask me to analyse or justify my puns every time, I hope? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

Ankur…I guess as there are more people with eye defects and wear specs , its become an accepted accessory even a fashion enhancer.
If ear defects are more common ,then we’d have hearing-aids to match our clothes.
Actually I wish there are funky colorful hearing aids in the market when I need them , just like the contacts that are available ๐Ÿ˜›

@ dead
What intellectual pursuit would damage oneโ€™s ears? //
sometimes its an occupational hazard.

In a lighter, metaphorical vein, the stereotypical hen-pecking woman also cause kaans to pakaofyโ€ฆ //
maybe ur akhns shd also be pakofied .

analyse or justify my puns every time, I hope? //
naa…just leave a footnote saying what it means :))
really…even I was wondering why u were blaming daughters.

//You arenโ€™t going to ask me to analyse or justify my puns every time, I hope? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ //
this pun was a tough one… thats why.

//What intellectual pursuit would damage oneโ€™s ears?//
listening to music… i guess

what happened to ur ears

what happened to ur ears //
oh ! tell me there are ornamental hearing aids in the market and I will tell u what happened to my ears.

btw…what do u think happened to my eyes ? just some pepping up ๐Ÿ˜‰

well there has to be something wrong.. thats why u want a hearing aid.. //
see even u r like that ๐Ÿ˜›

maybe its because u r listening to too many of ur own songs //
acc to u , ppl should think I am a good listener…
yeah…I am and I listen to good stuff too ๐Ÿ˜‰

my intention was not to compare the license raj…. but it was more to do with specs and helmets ๐Ÿ™
damm it my writing skills really suck… i started blogging to improve it .. but even after 2 years i still ramble

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