1187. “You are the one who decides what is right and what is wrong—no matter what meaning others may attach to those words. You don't have to obey blindly the dictates that you grew up with or that you hear around you now. Everything can be challenged, should be challenged, examined to determine its relevance to you and what you want.”
One basic idea of living IBM* is to question everything. We have blindly or grudgingly accepted many rules and regulations over the decades. Can we finally be free and accept the dictates that make sense and avoid the ones that don’t?
1188. “All the answers must come from you—not from a book or a lecture or a sermon. To assume that someone once wrote down the final answers for your morality is to assume that the writer stopped growing the day he wrote the code. Don't treat him unfairly by thinking that he couldn't have discovered more and increased his own understanding after he'd written the code. And don't forget that what he wrote was based upon what he saw.”
This quote comes from Harry Browne, an IBM* mentor if there ever was one. Even for his own words, question everything. Does it make sense and speak to you? You may see a different world.
1189. “Personal morality is an attempt to consider all the relevant consequences of your acts. If you think out your morality for yourself, it should open up a better life that will be free from the bad consequences that complicate matters.”
1190. “Who are you to decide for yourself in the face of society and centuries of moral teachings?" The answer is simple: You are you, the person who will live with the consequences of what you do. No one else can be responsible, because no one else will experience the consequences of your actions as you will.”
1191. “THE UNSELFISHNESS TRAP is the belief that you must put the happiness of others ahead of your own.”
1192. “Unselfishness is a very popular ideal, one that's been honored throughout recorded history. Wherever you turn, you find encouragement to put the happiness of others ahead of your own—to do what's best for the world, not for yourself.”
1193. “An efficiently selfish person is sensitive to the needs and desires of others. But he doesn't consider those desires to be demands upon him. Rather, he sees them as opportunities—potential exchanges that might be beneficial to him. He identifies desires in others so that he can decide if exchanges with them will help him get what he wants. He doesn't sacrifice himself for others, nor does he expect others to be sacrificed for him. He takes the third alternative—he finds relationships that are mutually beneficial so that no sacrifice is required.”
1194. “THE GROUP TRAP is the belief that you can accomplish more by sharing responsibilities, efforts, and rewards with others than you can by acting on your own.”
1195. “Groups are not living entities. They don't think or act; only individuals do. And yet, any group effort is based upon the assumption of a group purpose that overrides the individual differences of its members. It's expected that the group will act as a single unit with a unified purpose.”
1196. “Only individuals think—and each one thinks differently. Their interests and desires may overlap, but each person will continue to define his own objectives and have his own opinion concerning the best way to achieve those objectives.”
1197. “What they get instead will inevitably be a compromise. The individual's goals and his concept of the best methods will be automatically compromised before anything happens to further his objectives.”
1198. “Another problem is encountered in group endeavors. When the efforts and rewards are shared, it becomes apparent that the individual's own efforts will have a less significant effect upon his eventual reward than if he were acting alone.”
This is precisely why most business partnerships fail. You put in 100% effort and share the profits 50-50. That’s one major factor in Walkabout Solopreneur. Your path is your path. If a solopreneur needs help in a particular area, online contractors are available for anything you can think of. Do what you do best, and outsource or automate the rest.
1199. “Joint efforts are possible. In fact, they're necessary to increase standards of living. You can't produce your own automobile from scratch—nor can you really produce much of anything without relying upon the efforts of others. You need tools, materials, and information; and you can't produce all those things yourself. This problem is solved by what is called the specialization of labor. When some individuals spend all their working time producing a single product, while others specialize in producing other products, the result is greater production of all products. The specialization of labor has made it possible for many more things to be available to everyone.”
1200. “The Group Trap is the assumption that greater strength can be achieved by sharing. Just the opposite happens: Individual objectives are watered down, time and effort are wasted in arranging compromises, and individual incentive is reduced.”
1201. “ As Thoreau said, "The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."”
1202. “In addition to the examples just given, there are numerous variations of the Group Trap. A typical example is the concept of democracy. If the majority vote of the group is binding upon all, the individual forfeits his ability to make decisions for himself.”
The Founding Fathers did not trust democracy, seeing it as little more than mob rule. All democracies eventually destroy themselves when the poor majority realizes it can take from the rich minority. We have reached a point in America where over 50% of the people receive some sort of check each month, whether Social Security or Food Stamps or Section 8 Housing. No wonder the Democratic hopefuls for 2020 are all embracing socialism - the ultimate group trap.
1203. “Another variation of the Group Trap is the assumption that you're responsible for people who are starving in other parts of the world. You could work for the rest of your life to change that—but your effort would never make a noticeable dent in the problem.”
I remember countless charities at church when I was a child that sought to feed the hungry in various parts of the world, especially China and Africa. Your church or a private charity puts you in control of your gifts. You can choose to support one group over another, or not to give a penny to anyone else. When the government or taxpayer supported United Nations takes over aid, you pay no matter what your charitable disposition.
1204. “You're in the Group Trap, too, any time you assume that someone can speak on behalf of anyone but himself. When someone tells you that you owe something to your country, to what is he referring? Your "country" consists of more than 200 million individuals with different attitudes, desires, activities, and principles. Do you owe it to every one of them to do as each of them wants you to do? What you "owe to your country" is really what someone wants you to do to please him, but for which he's unwilling to make it worth your while. In the same way, no one can speak on behalf of all Americans, Negroes, Mexicans, women, or students. The attempt to do so is an attempt to create pressure in favor of what the speaker wants.”
1205. “As you view any situation in which you have a goal, there are basically two types of alternatives available to you. I call them direct and indirect. A direct alternative is one that requires only direct action by yourself to get a desired result. An indirect alternative requires that you act to make someone else do what is necessary to achieve your objective.”
1206. “Rather, he accepts people as they are and relies upon two talents: (1) his ability to locate people whose self-interests would be satisfied by his product or service; and (2) his ability to demonstrate to those people the connection between his product and their self-interest.”
Also true for affiliate marketing. Find the right people and connect them.
1208. “ A free man doesn't need groups, because he's in a position to take advantage of the numerous direct alternatives that require only his decision, not the changing of others.”
1210. “ I think there are four basic Government Traps—popular misconceptions about the nature of government: 1. The belief that governments perform socially useful functions that deserve your support. 2. The belief that you have a duty to obey laws. 3. The belief that the government can be counted upon to carry out a social reform you favor. 4. The fear that the government is so powerful that it can prevent you from being free.”
1211. “Diversity is the source of harmony in human relationships. Because our tastes are different, we can exchange with each other in a way that is mutually beneficial. If you and I have exactly the same values, there is no way we can trade. One of us will have what each of us wants most—and he won't give it up.”
1212. “Nothing is free. To acquire anything requires an expenditure of time, energy, or money. (Not even natural resources can be used without an application of effort —whether that be cutting down a tree or picking up an apple.).”
1213. “It's easy to think that government programs add to what's available. But they don't; they replace what was available. And we've already seen that at any given time the General Market expresses the highest-valued desires of the people within it. So the government can only replace one thing with something valued less.”
1214. “People seek government action because they don't approve of what other people choose to do with their lives. They want to overrule the decisions others have made concerning the uses of their own time and money.”
1215. “When the government intervenes, however, all of us are required to adhere to standards set by the government—and at a cost dictated by the government. Almost all of us are deprived of the choices we would have preferred. In a world of vastly different tastes, the government imposes one way upon us and forces everyone to adhere to that one way.”
1216. “Despite our differing tastes, the government decides which products we're allowed to buy. Federal agencies rule products out of the market, import quotas prevent other products from being available, and legal monopolies (such as the postal service or public utilities) prevent us from choosing alternative ways of obtaining services.”
1217. Fat Ass Nation of Pussies
There. I said it. The optics support it, and the optics are not good.
We waste our time as individuals and as a nation playing victim and dividing ourselves into micro groups insisting that everyone else feel our pain and show us respect and love, whether we deserve it or not.
Our country’s “pussification” has escalated since Phil Donahue and Oprah Winfrey started competing for the daytime talk show victims. How sensitive. Talks shows are cheap to produce, but you need a steady stream of damaged individuals with increasingly strange problems that Dr. Phil can solve in an hour. Maybe two hours if the guest is a total psychopath.
Our ancestors endured great hardship when they landed in America. They hacked down forests, dodged arrows, and tried to survive and thrive in the new land. They would roll over in their graves if they knew Americans had become a nation of wimps.
Western culture today consists of pornography, sexual deviants, whining wimps devastated by mere words, self-hatred, safe spaces, and craven cowards afraid to stand up for themselves against political correctness freaks.
(Safe spaces, these incredibly mushy weak things that now exist on college campuses, could not have existed in any other period of time.)
Just because we have been adopting sensitivity and political correctness for decades, that doesn’t mean the world is going along with it. Do the morons in Washington think that our homosexualized, feminized, transgender military can take on Russians, Chinese, and North Koreans? So far, they can’t even subdue Iraq or Afghanistan.
Our youth have been weakened to the point where they can’t hear opposing opinions nor read words that they don’t agree with. One size fits all. They cannot navigate the real world, and must be sheltered by sights and sounds of the storm in order to feel safe. Please.
As America continues its slide towards Gomorrah, people are becoming even more sensitive and whiny, as if that’s even possible. For the first time in history, we live in a country which is so prosperous that there’s an obesity epidemic among the poor, all the while whittling away the hours on smart phones and television.
When you allow a young man to flee from any form of conflict, you create a little bitch. You create someone who will grow up to destroy a society that fought for freedom of thought, speech, and belief.
In a way it’s funny. If a woman is strong and acts out - think AOC - she can get away with it. Even admired. Hell, I love her to death even though she is bat shit crazy in her ideas for the future of America. At least she has the stones to fight for her opinions no matter what the opposition calls her.
Or maybe we need a less racist definition:
We used to invent things, we used to be in a constant state of revolution, we used to be the nation that every other nation wanted to emulate. Now we are just a bunch of pussies whining about not getting our slice of the pie.
It’s amazing to me that Fat Ass Nation has a twitter account:
We’re becoming a society that rewards the weak and attacks the strong - if the strong one is male.
IBMs* can remember being in elementary or high school and having maybe one fat kid in a class. I sure he or she was singled out and tortured verbally. Now, they can be in the majority.
I’m not a doctor. I’m not a nutritionist. I’m not going to promote weight loss programs or stop people from insulting your waistline and calling you names.
God, people these days are such fucking pussies. My hope is that as IBMs*, we take ourselves out of the mix.
“Removal of toxic waste from your brain through the glymphatic system — This system ramps up its activity during deep sleep, thereby allowing your brain to clear out toxins, including harmful proteins linked to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
By pumping cerebral spinal fluid through your brain’s tissues, the glymphatic system flushes the waste from your brain, back into your body’s circulatory system. From there, the waste eventually reaches your liver, where it can be eliminated.”
“When high museums rename paintings because some emotional weakling declares the name to be offensive, it becomes obvious that the custodians of Western culture have lost their belief in Western culture.
When universities cover up murals because of a claim they are offensive to people whose presence on the campus is miniscule if present at all, you know that learning is no longer the purpose of the university.
When a people are afraid to use the words and terms of their forefathers, you know they have been intimidated to abandon even their own language and ways of speaking.”
1220. “But who is "society" if not the same people who are already expressing their needs and preferences in the marketplace? If they aren't willing to pay for the service in the free market (the General Market apart from the government), who can say they're willing to pay for it through government?”
1221. “Who will provide the resources (time, energy, and money) to pay for the services? Obviously, the cost will be borne by the same people who've already chosen to do other things with their resources. The government can't create resources out of thin air any more than you or I can. The resources will have to come from people who'd rather use them for something else.”
1222. “Governments don't rule; they overrule.”
1223. “Many individuals believe they're getting more benefits from the government than they give up. They pay a price in taxes and reduced alternatives (many of which they may not have recognized), but feel that they get back more in subsidies and special privileges.”
1224. “Governments don't protect you. They can't. All they can do is promise to make the person who hurts you pay for his crime—if they can catch him. The criminal won't pay you back, of course, so they punish him only as a deterrent to future crime. If you think the deterrent is working, why is crime always such a public issue?”
1225. “There's no way an individual can escape having to protect himself—with or without a government. But it's assumed that no one person can protect himself against what's called "organized crime"—the "Mafia" or other syndicates. How can an individual cope with a problem so large?”
1226. “Unfortunately, however, government isn't the labor-saving device it appears to be. It always gives back less than it takes. But because it does appear to be a giver of good things, its appeal is almost universal and there isn't much likelihood that the trend will be reversed.”
1227. “Trap #2: The belief that you have a duty to obey laws. The "obligation to obey laws" is a good example of one person trying to manipulate another through the use of moral dictums. Your obedience doesn't even perform a socially useful function; it only enhances coercion and disorder.”
1228. “The only relevant consideration is the personal consequence to you: what you will gain if you break a law versus the loss imposed upon you if you're caught, together with the degree of risk that you'll be caught. If you choose to obey a law, it should be because of the consequences to you—not because you have an "obligation."”
1229. “The Government Traps ensnare many people because they never stop to recognize what a government is. It's an agency of coercion that's accepted as necessary by most people within its area of influence. It differs from the Mafia only in that the Mafia isn't usually considered necessary by the people in the communities it "serves."”