Stop Believing in Myths: 2
More myths, continued from the previous part of this series: Stop Believing in Myths: 1
6] Richer or smarter people are more trustworthy.
Your financial advisor, stock-broker, doctor, lawyer, builder, head of your company is MUCH LESS trustworthy than the shifty-looking guy trying to steal from a big box store. Not only can these “respectable” professionals cause more financial and non-financial damage per scam, but they feel entitled to rape your ass. At least the average criminal knows that he is doing something wrong..
The “respectable” professional considers cheating, scamming and misleading you as part of his/her business. They are actually upset if you complain and demand accountability. I have never understood how average white people can be stupid enough to concentrate on the non-white shoplifter when they are being pauperized, lied to, stolen from and given poor treatment by the trustworthy educated “professionals”.
7] Working hard is the path to riches.
Seriously, how can people still believe this crap? Study the life history of any 10 random rich people and you will realize that chance, luck, government largess and scams are the major factors determining “success”. Working hard is for suckers like you, who believe that it will help them become rich. Now this does not mean that working hard will not make somebody rich- just not you. But keep killing yourself to line the pockets of others.
Working hard would only work for you in a world where most people did not become wealthy from legal theft. Look around you- do we live in that world yet?
8] Government is bad, private enterprise is good. Regulations are bad, the free market is self-correcting.
While I am no supporter of the public sector, it is hard to ignore that the private sector often fucks up even more. While the idea of bureaucrats running hotels, restaurants and malls is nightmarish, we know what happens when harvard MBAs try to manage the very utilities that make civilization possible. Do you want your power plants, electricity grid, road network, water and sewage systems built and run by for profit shysters with no regulatory oversight?
In any case, there is no “real free market” and there never was one. What we have is an uneasy compromise between legalized looting of people and fear of anarchy. Concepts in eCONomics such as “free market”, “rational actors” etc are theoretical concepts with no links to reality.
9] The wisdom of ‘famous’ people from previous eras is useful.
NO, it is not! While humans might not have evolved much in the last three thousand years, the technology and possibilities inherent in its use have made a lot of older maxims and concepts worse than useless. Even a simple and evolutionary advance such as free or inexpensive blogs has changed the way news is created, read and understood. To say that the loss of monopoly by mass media has no significant effects on the way people perceive, understand and react towards events is disingenuous.
Much of the ‘wisdom’ of earlier eras was based in social systems with very different living standards, attitudes, possibilities, opportunities and consequences than what we currently have. You cannot fly a 5th generation supersonic airplane with the flying manual of a WW1 era biplane, though they are both flying machines with similar basic controls and paradigms.
10] We should all try to lead normal lives.
Normal, as defined by whom? and when? Why should you try to achieve something or emulate a behavior that is not in you best interests? While they may have ‘worked as advertised’ in the past, do they still ‘work as advertised’?
LTRs with women, marriage, having kids, financial frugality, loyalty etc once used to work as advertise or gave a reasonably good outcome in most previous eras. They were rarely suicidal.. can you honestly say that now? The only people who benefit from your wish to have a normal life is EVERYONE BUT YOU. You want to be the sucker? go ahead..
You do not want to pay for sex? Fine- pay child support for a kid you rarely see. Want to enjoy matrimony? Hey, someone has to create business for the wedding, divorce and housing industry. Want to be financially frugal? Watch your savings melt away as financial advisors make money for themselves while destroying your capital. Want to be loyal to a business, person or institution- Enjoy the screwing you are going to get.
I will tackle more myths in the next part of this series.