Defending the Small Stuff

Source: EconLog
by Kevin Corcoran

“We’ve all heard the adage ‘don’t sweat the small stuff.’ (And if by some chance you’ve never heard it before, well … now you have.) The general idea is that little things, being little, don’t really matter that much and we shouldn’t get too worried about them. This seems fairly reasonable at first glance. But another view was offered on an episode of The Simpsons, by Homer’s temporary new boss (and James Bond style supervillain) Hank Scorpio. Asked by Scorpio why he seems so glum, Homer says it’s just a lot of little things. Scorpio responds by saying ‘You can’t argue with the little things. It’s the little things that make up life.’ Perhaps I’m revealing the hidden depths of my character here, but for now, I’m going to side with the supervillain.” (02/06/24)