26. Erroneous representation that people as a whole do not want catastrophe and a doomsday

          Humans, especially males, like to engage in thrill-seeking behavior. Humans, especially males, are also liable to fantasies of revenge and destruction. These qualities are serious liabilities in an era of global risk, where a war started anywhere in the world has the potential to explode into a conflagration between superpowers. We like to whimsically imagine that no one will press “the button,” but just because it hasn't been done before, doesn't mean that it will never happen. Heads of state and military generals are human too, and subject to errors in judgment with long-term consequences. Saying, “a doomsday will never happen, because everyone fears it too much” is wishful thinking and liable to get us into trouble.