A Case for Physical Order

Day’s Verse:
Wisdom is better than warheads,
But one hothead can ruin the good earth.

Ecclesiastes 9:18

This Dutch researcher did an interesting study that examined the influence of the environment on peoples’ behavior. Specifically, when garbage collectors went on strike at a train depot, he polled people at the station during the messy period. Then, after the strike was resolved and the place cleaned up, he polled people at the station again.

He found that a messy environment caused people to seek order elsewhere — namely, by subconsciously reinforcing internal stereotypes. Basically, if there’s disorder externally, people seek order internally by viewing life in more black and white terms. The researcher put it this way: Continue Reading >>