Michael Sean Quinn, Ph.D, J.D., Etc.2630 Exposition Blvd #115Austin, Texas 78703(o) firstname.lastname@example.org (Resumes Found Here.)
Insurance, as we know it, is a key to the financial stability and commercial realm, as well as to personal lives, in the contemporary world. In fact this is true for the entirety of truly modern civilization.
What follows is virtually the first paragraph of a history of reinsurance. This part of the book is written by a now deceased famous historian Harold Jame
INSURANCE-the pooling of risk, with reinsurance providing a
further extent of pooling-helps us to lead more predictable lives. Such enhanced predictability is an essential
element in allowing the establishment of ever more complex social and financial
interactions, involving more people, across longer distances, and with new and
innovative and inherently unforeseeable technologies. On this basis, the modern world, and the
modern view of the world, has been built.
One of the reasons that pre-modern farmers and artisans- and those
living today in poor countries-are vulnerable is that they cannot insure
themselves against disasters such as harvest failures which posed and continue
to pose a threat to their means of existence.
Experimental psychology has produced an increasing amount of evidence
that shows that very poor people under tight resource constraints make poorer
quality decisions, and that momentary poverty depresses measured intelligence
levels. Well-being and an increased
ability to make rational choices are closely connected with each other, and
with a sense of preparedness and of certainty about the future. The instinct to
insure is linked to and derived from the instinct to organize and to evolve
more and more complex and interlinked structures of mutual support.
Harold James, Ed., “Introduction: The Insuring Instinct,” THE VALUE OF RISK: Swiss Re and the History of Reinsurance (2013), p. 1, paragraph 1.
Originally posted on 07/09/2014 @ 5:41 pm