When intense emotions like fear, anger, or excitement take over, they can override our capacity for logical reasoning. According to biologists and neuroscientists, this interference arises from the brain’s intricate interplay between the limbic system, responsible for emotions, and the prefrontal cortex, essential for rational thinking. It’s a fancy way of saying we are a bunch of chemicals.

Emotional biases can cloud our judgment, causing us to prioritize immediate gratification or avoidance of discomfort over long-term goals. We see this in politics with recent attempts to forgive student debt. We all know full well that debt cannot be forgiven. Someone has to pay for it. There is no free ride.

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