Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway #6 — Just Stop Believing

Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway #5 — What Does Your Phone Really Cost You?

Introductory Post and Table of Contents (Public Access)

I’m not fond of the concepts of skeptic, critic, curmudgeon, et all. The best I can do is misanthropy. It used to be focussed and targeted. Since Covid, and now, Rukrane, my misanthropy is blurry and generalized. It’s now truly blunt; transformed into an instrument of war.

Don’t you find that if you think about it, that possessing some purpose as some skeptic qua skeptic of things is kind of puerile…hubristic in an arrogant way? It’s like proclaiming that since you didn’t come up with the idea, it just must be shit. Well, some ideas are better than others for some things, that’s clear enough. But, purposeful skepticism, criticism, and curmudgeonry for its own sake just shits, at least for me. There has to be an essential point to it or it’s just a temper tantrum. It doesn’t plant and harvest food, nor nourish the body or the soul; nor the mind. It’s more akin to manure. Just manure. It’s a wank.

Its aim is to kill all aspiration while offering zero as alternatives. It’s nihilistic in body and soul. It’s the difference between a film critic and an astute reviewer with helpful hints for next time and for other writers and producers working on current projects.

It’s a lazy, parasitical path—where one elevates himself above anything created, nurtured, and fostered through tough work, contemplation, risk taking, organization, management, and face-to-customer…by the mere easy act of poking holes in anything and everything. It’s a wank.

Curmudgeons, critics, and skeptics are the quintessential IT’S NOT PERFECT!!! lazy “geniuses.”

They’re scam artists. They’re wankers. There are zero exceptions.

Sure, I got sucked into this many years ago. Because, I could no longer bring myself to believe the bible as so many do, literally. So I sought out similar mind-created delusions in an effort to understand this proclivity of humans to believe the most unlikely of things…because they have peers who believe it. Publications like Michael Shermer’s Skeptical Inquirer is crack for young people, as was I—late 20’s, early 30s—just discovering that you’ve been raised in parallel with Muslims and Jews. The same, only different.

We live in a natural world all of our lives. But people—the people we encounter from the moment of our birth—seem to be so unsatisfied with it. They’re compelled to concoct and dwell within unnatural and supernatural realms at most times rather than make best use and purpose of the cornucopia of stuff we all have have before our actual eyes—with 4 other senses to boot. That’s how powerful the clamoring for illusion is. Its chief manipulative mechanism is to entice you to waste the very time of your life in subservience to their illusions over and above the plain evidence of your five senses.

A slim analysis will offer the clue that dealing with reality requires discipline, thought, and control. Fantasy is mind-created, so it’s easy. The hard-working human path is in body and we’ve all observed it a million times. The farmer. The grocer. The repairman. The nurse. The cook. The homemaker. The home provider. The mind is not absent in any of these.

It’s just compartmentalized.

Where minds are laser-sharp for everything that entails all of the foregoing—because it’s based upon the clear evidence of 5 senses and their reasoned integration—get out of that defined realm where they competently shine, and they’re praying, foaming at the mouth, beating their children to submission, saying “amen preach it!,” speaking in tongues, and indulging in all manner of lazy-&-stupid-mind bullshit. I can’t emphasize that enough. Give me a hard-working, dutiful, restless God & Country type, and I’ll show you someone with a great homestead on the viewable surface; but underneath, abject mush for brains when it comes to anything beyond the concrete tasks of surviving as a human animal on planet earth.

…And yet, millions worldwide make not only livings, not only prosperity, but downright fuck you money by promoting fantasy, illusion, falsehood, narrative. Some of these morons buy themselves private jets so they can evangelize moronity at other people’s expense.

They do it so effectively and easily because almost everyone is stupid.

…And don’t get me wrong. You can prosper very handsomely and to wildest dreams by exploiting the fucking stupid who possess a penchant for faith, blind trust, and a giddy sense of belonging. There’s probably more characteristic markers for all that, but I’m no expert.

It’s crazy ironic to me that the Siren Song to encapsulate a general view of human advancement is that of the Age of Enlightenment.

The Enlightenment, a philosophical movement that dominated in Europe during the 18th century, was centered around the idea that reason is the primary source of authority and legitimacy, and advocated such ideals as liberty, progress, tolerance, fraternity, constitutional government, and separation of church and state.

https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-worldhistory/chapter/the-enlightenment/

Whereas, since the 1960s at least, we’ve lived a devolving sort of slow-dystopia where incomes and the shit and crap we buy indexes go up, while meaning and connection to life and other dear and meaningful humans goes down; such that, for belonging and meaning for most, it’s shit like vegan, carnivore, evangelism, environmentalism, systemic racism, feminism, political partisanship both ways (tribalism), rank degradation and debauchery and nihilism, various and sundry religions, and list goes on and on.

Note something very key.

All “join ups” since we got out of tribes many thousands of years ago looked around and noticed that there are other tribes—some with different languages and ways (culture). There was no influence—or later, money—to be made from understanding, communion, and offers of peaceful coexistence and trade.

Rather, the path to influence, rule, and taxation arose through domination by manipulative, dishonest parasites who saw easy and lazy routes through the exploitation of stupidity—once an uneducated or unenlightened human was swayed out of the constant attention to his or own business. It’s understandable, since hard-working, focussed humans quickly gain competence in their endeavors and yearn for more challenges. That’s the seeds to their own downfall too often, since they’re inserting themselves into stuff they’re ill-equipped (like public policy) to have more than a childlike view of, which is uniformly crap, with no exceptions.

…Yet such is the concrete intent from those who seek to fake self-esteem and accrue unearned livelihoods.

So, ” join up” meant us against them; and by the way, you’re great and fantastic! You belong! Those others are bad bad bad! Don’t worry, we’ll protect you!

…And going back many thousands of years, people traded their important influence within small tribes for A VOICE!!! as a pawn in a protection-racket scam writ large.

Today, it’s bigger than fucking ever and in spite of all contrary evidence, the moron zombies you see every fucking place on their planet believe they have real influence and power where the reality is that they have far less over real other people who actually do things like build, fix, and provide right near home than primitive humans in small village tribes thousands of years ago.

Those were prosperous people. They were respected by peers. The purposeful actions under their own authority for the benefit of themselves and others—right then and there—were observed and appreciated by all who mattered.

…When you’re close to the action like that and see what is really required to sustain life and prosper, it never occurs to you to see people in terms of good and evil—moral judgments. Perhaps the tribe over the hill is evil…perhaps not, and they’re trading partners. But the further the disconnect from the daily routine of living life together in cooperation, the easier it is to condemn others on moral grounds.

How many look at their own family members as good or evil in a moral sense? More often than not, people are prone to overlook small and large evils on the part of family members and judge them good anyway…but someone in another neighborhood votes and politically activates in ways you don’t like?

Hands down: they’re evil.

That has always been the case to some extent but since the advent of social media, anyone can cancel someone as evil all the way across the world over a 240-character Tweet. And that was years ago. Today, in 2022, canceling people and condemning them as worthless and evil is the damn global passtime on all levels and years of masks and lockdowns to make people faceless, anonymous, and just some thing with an internet account sure didn’t help.

Here in south Phuket everyone has their comm aps, but they aren’t used for arguing about shit or cancelling anyone. They’re to arrange and coordinate face-to-face. This one from 2 afternoons ago is from my friend who’s lived here for 35 years, Brit expat.

And then it was two hours shooting the shit with my friend Tony, Richard from NZ, another Brit, and two other Americans. No cancelling or judgments of evil needed, and three of the chaps I’d never met before.

Practicalities

The only way all of this can happen is that we live in a world of believers. That’s something nobody can fix, but you can work around it and prosper anyway. Everybody has a whole damn collection of beliefs. You think that some of this Woke bullshit belief—where even Disney—with a legacy of delighting kids with fantasy whilst still appropriate—is insane to be tossing their ring to support the very fringes of belief.

It is. Yet, to be honest, you might want to take cognizance of the fact that millions of young boys and men have been slaughtered on battlefields over centuries in the name of belief in ancient texts written on parchment in deserts by sheep herders. The stories are fantastical. Yet billions believe them and can judge anyone who does not as somehow lacking. They wage no-shit war over it, even when couched in euphemisms in modern times.

…Can’t call your war a Crusade, anymore. But you can call it ridding the world of evil. Meaningless distinctions.

So, it’s not so much what particular thing you believe, but that you believe at all. For example, many years ago I stopped using the word atheist. I use a far more powerful word: nonbeliever. In other words, it matters not how anyone crafts their arguments or reasons, I don’t believe it.

And that’s the end of it, because it’s silly to have an argument over whether someone’s delusions are worthy of critical analysis.

…So. Don’t insult, don’t argue, don’t contradict.

“I don’t believe it.”

It’s all you ever have to say. And sometimes, even silence is better, after someone has rattled on for 5 minutes and you don’t say a word.

My biggest point in terms of prosper anyway is this:

CHANGE YOUR DEFAULT POSITION FROM ONE OF BELIEF AND TRUST TO ONE OF DISBELIEF AND DISTRUST.

Don’t believe anybody, don’t trust anybody. And what you’re looking for is simply the rare breeds out there not operating on faith, hopes, and beliefs; but rather, on evidence, numbers, and accountability. You might find out interesting things like how many there are with money who have no integrity and how many there are with little to no money with lots of integrity.

…The other thing to look for is compartmentalization. This can also be known as cognitive dissonance. Lot’s of conservative religious types operate like this. They believe every fucking crazy Bible story literally—that’s for Sunday church—but conduct business affairs differently where there’s no genuflecting, bowing, subservience, turning a cheek, being a cuck or simp, or any feminization like that.

…By contrast, the Religion of Woke is the newest evangelism and rather than salvation, all loyal participants get unearned status if they can get enough followers, likes, and viral posts. Bonus for video. It’s so entirely laughable and global on all social media that televangelist scam artists from years gone by must be red faced. Although, the televangelists surely knew how to get paid up to yacht and private jet levels.

We have not really seen new, revolutionary religion as phenomenon in hundreds of years where The Word was spread by donkey back. Catholicism could be an exception, since their thing was alliance with kings, emperors, and state. They made taxes and tithes a blurry distinction. Fantastic bedfellow thing, since a coercive state in league with a cult of belief advanced both globally.

So to wrap it up, just fucking stop believing shit. All shit. Not believing stupid shit is easy, but smart purveyors don’t do obvious stupid shit. Keep an eye out for them. Very rare.

Don’t believe any fucking thing until some day in the future you can honestly say that you missed a real, legitimate opportunity.

That would be so fucking rare.

Create your own opportunities rather than look for some bullshit someone else created that you don’t control, because fucking lazy.

Everything you’re asked to just believe always comes with the promise of a free lunch.

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