... I started selling books on eBay again because Abebooks was sluggish. Discovered that while mystery and science fiction don't seem to move on eBay, Catholic books do. Got all into the strategizing and the cool descriptions to entice people to want these books which yes, are good solid reading - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Thomas Merton books, Ascent of Mt. Carmel, Song of Bernadette, Bishop Fulton J Sheen books. These are always satisfying to sell, but the whole psychology of the eBay auction works on random reinforcement, the strongest reinforcers of all as I remember from my behavioral psychology. So now I anxiously/hopefully/greedily check My Ebay five times a day to see if people are bidding, if I've made more money, if my auctions have ended and nada zilch zip. This is the kind of "action" one gets in gambling and in playing the stock market, although as far as the actual money goes it is peanuts. Which is maybe while I tolerate the behavior in myself, thinking what an innocuous form of entertainment. As indeed it may be. BUT MIGHT IT BE MORE INSIDIOUS, she thinks darkly, might it be one of those wonderfully innocent-seeming attractions that pull us off the main track and onto the little detours so beloved by inconstant humans? And is this neurosis or conscience voicing the misgivings now? Ah, Mr. Freud, what blessings and what curses you introduced into human culture.