It turns out that Cressida Cowell has been writing her dragon books for years and that the box offices of the films are approaching $1 billion, while this weblog was rather oblivious of that. I only noticed these elementary facts from watching with my youngest son and hugely enjoying How to train your dragon 1 on television and How to train your dragon 2 in the theatre. See the official website for the trailers. The films establish that mankind is destined to fly.
While the Harry Potter films were never convincing with their crude suggestion of broomsticks and overall tendency to neglect humour, the relationship of Hiccup and Toothless not only engages us, reminding of other stories of boy & horse or boy & dolphin, but also makes us want to fly along, dive, loop, plunge, and what you have, and share this close bonding of body and mind. Now that Google is developing robots, the obvious suggestion is to concentrate on flying robots and then notably in the form of dragons, so that the phantasy is just a premonition.
That future is already with us, in that Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, is yet untrained, and takes us and the world economy diving, looping, plunging, and what you have.
Europe needs someone like Hiccup who neglects danger and is convinced that feeding Draghi some fish will gain the monster’s trust, so that it will let itself be put into a harness and be controlled.
Angela Merkel (in the film called “Astrid”) finds the house on fire and gets a bucket to extinguish it. Obviously, she will not succeed.
Read more about this story in these links:
(B) Still in the dark, not seeing the evidence:
- Martin Wolf, “The Shifts and the Shocks“, Allen Lane, October 2014, with reviews by The Economist, The New York Times, The Guardian, Kenneth Rogoff – though keep in mind that Martin Wolf apparently did not review DRGTPE and CSBH.
- Coen Teulings & Richard Baldwin (eds), “Secular stagnation: Facts, causes, and cures“, CEPR Press eBook September 2014 – though remember that Coen Teulings was director of the Dutch Central Planning Bureau in 2006-2013, where he did not stop the censorship of economic science since 1990, and where he did not see it as evidence that the economic crisis since 2007 confirms my analysis.
- Olivier Blanchard, “Where danger lurks“, October 2014, by the chief economist of the IMF – but remember my 2011 letter to the IEO of the IMF that didn’t get a reply.