In this insightful blog post, the Captain gets to the root of The Mystery. The Mystery is a staple of discussion at Joe Soucheray's Garage Logic, where just about every day brings fresh news of Euphorians' and other ne'er-do-wells' work on advancing The Mystery. Oddly, despite having been sent this missive no less than three times, Joe has so far not aired the Captain's essay or referred to it. Perhaps there's more to it than the Captain knows? I myself am suspicious of purely economic explanations for human behavior, since it seems obvious to me from reading history that some people just don't care about money or rate it fairly low in their scale of Important Things.