Instability is the lifeblood of surprisingly many professions.
- The bankers and city traders make money out of market movements and have few opportunities for profit when prices are level.
- Politicians need at least the threat of instability, and preferably real problems, to inspire fear and persuade people that a vote for them will stave off disaster.
- Journalists need stories and when there is no news, will talk up trivial events, making them appear dramatic and threatening.
- Policemen need instability to justify their existence and defend, or even expand, their budgets.
No wonder our lives are so unstable – it isn’t in the interests of these powerful groups to let things settle down.