Perhaps the scariest thing to hear at your job is:
“We just got bought out. We don’t know who they are aside from being an “investment” group.
“Investment” group. This could be code for the Mob laundering their proceeds from organized crime into Wall Street. Of course they pay us so well that we would never ever question it. Especially with the “benefits”.
You ever wonder what happened to the Mafia? I can’t help but wonder if Al Capone were here today that he would probably be CEO of a pharmaceutical company.
The second scariest thing I ever heard at work was to expect a visit from 50 Chinese businessmen. These businessmen will be arriving in two buses. I’ve seen how big Chinese people are and wondering why it involves two buses. This isn’t exactly what I meant by power going back to the little man.
Lastly, I keep seeing “LLC” on a bunch of small businesses and trucking companies. Usually denotes an investment group. Lately I can’t help wonder if LLC is code for government.
I was watching a video on YouTube recently when I heard about how 70% of Americans were living in poverty. However the sad part is many of those who are impoverished are making up to six figures a year. It always sounds funny to hear someone making mid five figures and up complain about how poor they are despite how hard they work. Although they don’t usually work nearly as hard as those making close to minimum wage.
They say more money leads to more problems, and it’s amazing how the solution is always more money. Even the Bible says whoever loves money will never have enough. A Lyft driver who sold real estate told me once that no matter how much you make, you are always in the same boat. Rich people just have expensive tastes. Poor people find cheaper alternatives which are often just as good. It’s just the stigma and being more “resourceful”.
Another way to ensure impoverishing oneself is to live a life of luxury. How many luxury apartments have you seen going up in your neighborhood. Luxury living is the same as “lustful” living. I can’t knock it though since I am attracted to these myself. They aren’t really that luxury. The reviews are almost as bad as any ghetto apartment. People are never happy. All they have to do is see one cockroach or any other insect.
Give it a few decades and these luxury apartments will either be sold as condominiums or rented out as low income apartments; or turned into motels.
I confess that I almost rented out a small 400 square foot luxury apartment that I found for as low as $800. It was cheaper than the non luxury apartments around it. On a side note, renting is still a waste of money and you can buy a $200,000 condo for less than you can rent a luxury apartment for.
I think I may be onto something with that last statement. Either way, all the money we are spending to modernize everything through gentrification only to still be paying off the debt by the time the foundation starts to settle again. I almost call luxury apartments “shitholes of the future.”
One of my Daily E’isms (one liners) is that every time I think about finishing that last half of an undergraduate degree, I have this fear that it will get in the way of my real education (self-education).
It seems as if we are spending more time in school, and for every year we have to spend in school, it takes twice that to unlearn everything in the real world. That is if we can even function in the real world with all of that useless knowledge crammed into our heads most of our lives.
It has been said that the purpose of education is to teach people how to think and not what to think. The problem here is that no one can teach us how to think. We have to do that for ourselves. Any attempt to do so ends up being indoctrination, or teaching us what to think.
State schools try to promote democracy; it is absolutely amazing how good this system looks good on paper. But all it’s done is show us how nothing man creates works the way it is supposed to and everything gets corrupted.
The only thing Democracy accomplishes is making us lose faith in humanity. People that believe in this don’t understand how the world works. And once you learn this, it doesn’t make a difference if you try to start a revolution. American colonials succeeded at this because the elite let us. Within a century everything that we ran from caught up to us.
At least realizing how corrupt the world is has confirmed my convictions that there must be a Supreme being out there and something more to this life. Maybe it just exists on a higher realm that the naked eye can’t see, but has to be spiritually discerned.
Jewish Zionism and Evangelical Christianity, with the latter’s second coming belief, are only political systems trying to build a man made kingdom that is destined to fail.
In the words of Jesus, don’t look for the Kingdom here or there, it is within. Everyone looks for an escape from reality but on one wants to take the journey within.
Remember back in the 80’s and 90’s when you fell off your bike? You probably got back on it, despite the cuts and bruises. It’s what separates the men from the boys. It would probably be illegal by today’s standards to get back on after falling off.
The liberal agenda would want us to take our kids to the hospital. They might even tell them to apply for disability and that they wouldn’t be able to work for the rest of their life. Or that they have to take medicine forever.
As much as we try to believe in evolution and strive for progress, if you look close enough you realize that there is no such thing. We have basically been doing the same thing for centuries, only in different ways. Technology makes it easier, which often makes us lazier.
Maybe in a sense, we are not really progressing as much as we are regressing; aka progressively going back to where we started.
The irony of progressing right back where you started. Maybe we will go back to a time when people weren’t so sensitive and materialistic.
grew up in a blue collar working class family. Actually back in the
1970’s this was the middle class. Since the 1980’s the middle class has
evolved to include mostly corporate jobs with the working class falling
behind; even though they are the backbone of society and are the ones
who create the wealth in society that the upper classes live off of.
It kind of reminds me of a line from the movie Good Will Hunting where
Matt Damon was telling his counselor Sean, played by the late Robin
Williams, that there was honor in doing construction work. While many
people will look down on someone who waits tables or works as a retail
clerk in a store or a gas station, it is good to note that there is no such things as a dead end job.
Bible even says that there is profit in all labor. Although it seems as
if the better paying jobs involve dealing with more bullshit; not to
mention the lower paying jobs tend to be funner and less monotonous.
because I returned to my first job in my fourth company at 40 years of
age doesn’t mean I will stay there forever. Even if I stay with the same
company, I will likely end up as a store manager or at corporate. I
even talk to the
bread vendors who deliver to the store; this is the highest paying
outside vendor that we deal with and they are the only vendors who work
as independent contractors. Imagine the luxury of smelling fresh bread
the last few years I have seen more retail space opening up in shopping
centers while corporate jobs decline. The private sector is the
backbone of the economy and this is why I feel we have nothing to worry
about if the economy were to collapse. It would just go back to the way
it was before with smaller family owned businesses. And there would
likely be a lot more community.
am not ready for it yet but every time I pass by a vacant store for
lease, I can almost envision seeing myself owning my own store. I love
buying stuff from the local store owners as opposed to corporate chain
stores as it feels like I am supporting a greater purpose.
As much as I miss driving at the auto auction, I have looked into the possibility of acquiring a dealer’s license and flipping used cars.
It’s not conflicted to have options. As long as you are content where you are at while you dream big. Of course you can get so content that you end up not doing anything.