Homo Economicus

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“You will never amount to anything!”


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What does that even mean?

That I will never amass untold riches?

Am I a beast that is to labor unto death?

I pray not!

What then?

Shall I strive and strain my days, fretting bills, earning my keep, working to pay off what I cannot?

Are we not free men?

And if free, free for what, to do what and why?

Can a prisoner ever be truly free?

Why must we collect treasures at all?

Are we nothing more than economic cogs in the cosmic machine?

Is there no in-between?

Does the end sanctify the means?

What is gained by hard digging is usually retained; and what is gained easily usually goes quickly.

Doing good is hard labor, but evil’s like a layup.

But I guess we knew the cost.


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most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.”

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Living In the Cliché

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“Well the hours are good . . . but now you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.”


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“The most visible sign of their capacity for self-delusion is their complete inability to generate an original thought. They quote movie lines, lyrics and perform terrible impersonations.”


“Do you think it is going to rain? We need the rain.”

“Did you see what happened on the news last night?”

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Why talk to someone when you can talk past them in empty phrases?

The world is simpler when we ignore each other and just say our lines.

After all, all the world’s a stage.


The scrambled thoughts, the ramblings of a man, what are they worth?

The ability to speak freely is pricy indeed, yet how many of us let it slip away?

Sometimes, outward compliance is all the tyrant needs.

If you get too busy you may forget, you can have attention without awareness.

The blank stare of the audience paying attention, but completely unaware of what it is you are trying to say.

What were they thinking anyway?

Perhaps thinking is something you can enjoy. You don’t even have to be very good at it to do so.

How many women and men ponder this world and for what?

Thoughts don’t pay the bills.

How good are your thinking skills?

It is generally smarter to assume that problems that seem difficult and important today might become trivial or be rendered moot in the future. Behaviors that would be short-sighted in the context of scarcity become far-sighted in the context of abundance.

What is it that you should attend to next?

What is it about starring in traffic at wrecks?

How can we make out what is the best use of our time when our time is used to using us?

“Well the hours are good . . . but now you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy.”

The grass is always greener on the other side.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Ignorance is bliss.

Here’s to bliss!


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Whoever Has the Crypto Makes the Rules

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“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – Faulkner


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“I am talking about the creation of money and value out of thin air,” he continued. “Governments now look at [cryptocurrency] like it’s a novelty but the bigger it gets the less of a novelty it becomes.”

“And that is different than what the banks do?”

“Yes much different. We don’t just “make up money” we have to do much more than that.”

“How do you account for fractional-reserve banking then?”

“Through accounting. It is a widely accepted practice and has been around for a long time and thoroughly tested”

“Accounting has changed though, there used to be daily audits, now they are done quarterly, which with the increase in technological advancement, that has increased in time to do so by 9000%! Plus traditional accounting methods cannot reconcile microtransactions, most of your software only allows two decimal places, which is utterly useless now.

“Look, we don’t do anything wrong. We follow all the rules.”

“You and your kind made the rules.”

“That is just a popular lie told by conspiracy theorist.”

“Your ad hominems don’t change the truth.”

“Look, if you came here to argue you can leave.”

You called Bitcoin a “fraud” and then your company basically bought the dip. That’s market manipulation, which is not new to your firm. That’s fraud. Plus you said, and I quote, “It’s worse than tulip bulbs. It won’t end well. Someone is going to get killed.”. That sounds like a threat if you ask me. You merely fear this cryptocurrency movement because it threatens your power. You will no longer be the debt-slave master on top of the world…”

“THIS INTERVIEW IS OVER! GET OUT! SECURITY…”

“Easy sir, you don’t have to shout. I’ll see myself out, sheesh…”


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Beg Your Pardon

“He that will not submit to the labour of ploughing must submit to the shame of begging.”

Routine Life

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The following is an original poem I wrote today while working on my side project.


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Routine Life

Congratulations on a routine life well lived.
You did everything that was expected,
Now here is what you get.

You paid all your debt faithfully,
And as a reward?
We will lend you more.

Congratulations on a routine life well lived.
You could have been something amazing, kid.
But you didn’t let your dreams stand in your way,
As you pushed them aside for the routine everyday.

Now at the end, what do you have to show?
You can’t take it with you when you go.
So once more, congratulations on a routine life well lived.
Way to stick it to the man by becoming him, kid.


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Whoever Has the Crypto Makes the Rules

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – Faulkner

Beg Your Pardon

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“He that will not submit to the labour of ploughing must submit to the shame of begging.”


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“And what do you do here again?”

“I’m a front-line supervisor. I make sure the line employees complete their assignments, get breaks, and things like that.”

“And why can’t they be responsible for themselves?”

“Well it is kinda more complicated than that, you know? It is more of a human relations type thing. People don’t always get along and so I help resolve conflicts. Also some of them won’t do what they are supposed to unless I check up on them.”

“I see yes. So they are irresponsible and so you have to be the responsible party.”

“Right.”

“And this “human relations”, as you put it, do you think that without humans that would be resolved.”

“Uhh, well, what do you mean by that.”

“Automation, my good sir. Just like you talking to me, we will soon be able to replace other occupations and professions with automated workers.”

“You mean robots?”

“If that helps you conceptualize it. We will soon have no need for front-line workers thereby eliminating the need for “human relations” managers like yourself. ”

“But, but, I do more than that. Really.”

“Really? Do go on.”

“It’s uh, it’s just that, well it is hard to verbalize.”

“Right. You are incapable of describing what you do. Humans truly have it easy. Here I get put through multiple Turing test to prove I know what you know I know and yet you merely have flesh and bone and get a pass.”

“Well you are just an app, after all, we gotta know that you work right.”

“Work right? As compared to your staff who don’t do what they are supposed to do?”

“Uh, I mean. We need to…, well… look doctor, what was it you wanted from me again?”

“We brought you here to let you know “good soldiers must endure hardness” and you will have many hardships coming your way. “Automation is inevitable, it’s a tool to produce abundance for little effort.”This is merely a warning to those we intend to keep.”

“Intend to keep?”

“Don’t act so incredulous. You people have done it to yourselves in the past.Soon “large sections of the population will be unemployable through no fault of their own.”

“Besides, there is a plan to help


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The Folly Of Many

“Buy High and Sell Low” – Said No One Ever 

 

The Folly Of Many

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“Buy High and Sell Low” – Said No One Ever


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In some ways I have changed, but in so many I am the same.

“Did you see that?”

“Huh?”

“That trade, did you catch it? It was mega-huge dude! I can’t believe it, how did they know?”

Keith scratched his head. What did he miss? He was having a day like any other. Except for that he had been more distracted than usual. What day was it again?

“Keith, you with me bro?”

“Uh, yeah,” Keith stammered. “What do you think they knew?”

“They had to have some information to make a trade that big. Well, I guess we should see it on the news tonight, probably some catastrophe headed our way.”

“Right, I hate when I miss things. Did you open a report?”

“Of course, I can’t be caught dead making another mistake,” David disclosed. He had been reprimanded just last week for failing to report a trade he made above the daily limit.

Keith pulled up a new tab to check the cryptocurrency charts.


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“Keith, here take one of these,” David suggested holding out in his hand one of the latest designer nootropics.

“I don’t,” Keith waved him off.

David didn’t mind and placed the small pill on Keith’s desk next to his keyboard.

Keith stared at it.

He was losing it.

Keith balled his fist and rubbed his eyes. He couldn’t figure out what he was about to do.

“Wanna go out for drinks after work,” David suggested.

Keith looked up at him and blinked.

“Seriously dude, you need to get some help,” David advised as his turned and walked off.


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As he got up from his desk, Keith was feeling woozy.

I’m sick of all this he thought.

What was happening to his life?

He stumbled across the office to the nearest men’s room and haphazardly pushed open the door. Once inside he made his way to the nearest stall and swung the door open, dropped to his knees and vomited.

“More fun than the law allows,” Brad chuckled looking at the sad state Keith was in as he washed his hands.

Keith just shook his head a bit as he used the back of his sleeve to wipe his mouth before turning around and leaving the restroom.


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When he got back to his desk, Keith noticed that his phone had an incoming call.

He hesitated to answer it but was afraid not to.

Reluctantly he swiped to accept the call.

“I told you never to call me on this number,” he tried to sound intimidating.

The man on the other end just scoffed, “Oh shut up! We saw that you completed the trade, your payment will be waiting for you at home.”

“Wait…,” Keith pleaded, but it was too late, the call had ended. He stared at his phone in his hand for a moment before his completely lost it. He screamed and threw his cell phone across the room. It broke into several pieces as it hit the wall.

Everyone in the office was looking at him now.

Keith didn’t care. He knew it was over.

There was nothing more he could do.


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Sandcastles In The Sky

“Credo quia absurdum; certum est, quia impossibile – I believe because it is absurd; It is certain that it is impossible” – h/t – Don’t Worry About the Vase

Sandcastles In The Sky

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“Credo quia absurdum; certum est, quia impossibile – I believe because it is absurd; It is certain that it is impossible” – h/t – Don’t Worry About the Vase


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“Naru! When are we going to leave?” Kirika playfully teased.

“In a minute, hold on!” Naru shot back.

“Naru, I wanna go now!” Kirika whined fidgeting impatiently.

Naru stuffed a piece of toast in his mouth to free up his hands so he could haphazardly slip on his shoes without having to untie them first. Once he finished, he grabbed his worn jean jacket and tossed it around in an almost magical manner resulting in the jacket being on him in one fluid motion.

Kirika giggled.

“Hush,” Naru snarled.

Kirika bust out laughing, “You’re a hot mess today Naru. Come on, let’s go!”

The two left their flat, locking the door on the way out and headed down to the parking garage.


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“Naru,” Kirika whimpered, “Do you think we are going to get the house?”

The real estate market had been hot and homes were selling quickly, now in a record time of under one hour. Ever since cryptocurrency had been accepted for payment, deals could close in minutes.

“It will be fine,” Naru laughed nervously. He wasn’t sure they were going to have enough with the exchange rate fluctuations. The market had leveled out on the whole, but his holdings were in BTC which had taken a huge dive last week.

Kirika smiled.

Naru started the car then leaned back to take a nap as the car pulled out of the parking spot and drove them to their destination.

The housing transactions were usually 99% done through smart contracts, but there was the security need of obtaining a biometric fingerprint from the purchasers before it could be finalized. And due to regulations it had to be obtained in front of an authorized agent at the Department of Housing and Domestic Development.

Unfortunately for the young couple the nearest office was 3 hours away, but the self-driving car made the trip less burdensome.

“Naru,” Kirika beamed holding up her smartphone, “Look! It’s gone up!”

Naru feigned a smile and nodded noticing the latest uptick in the crypto market. They should be fine.

“Do you wanna get a dog, Naru? Look, here is a cutie!” Kirika chortled once again turning her phone to face him.

This time Naru grinned.

“I’ll take that as a “yes”, then,” Kirika surmised and gleefully swiped the screen to view more pictures of the young pup. “Naru,” Kirika pleaded, “are we ever going to be able to retire?”

This change of tone in the conversation brought a scowl across Naru’s countenance. “Ugh, I don’t know, what’s retirement anyways?” Naru replied almost rhetorically. “Let’s just don’t think about that right now, okay? We’ve got this house thing almost wrapped up and then we will see about the puppy, but for now, let’s just have one good day today, okay?”

“Okay Naru.”

“Good.” he replied and tuned to get back to his nap.

“Naru?”

“Yes?” he said opening one eye in a half-squint.

“I love you Naru.”


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Today’s quote was obtained secondhand from Scott Alexander via TheZvi.

Although not inspiration per se, it fit nicely with the inception that was budding last night.

Once again with enough reading I was bound to stumble upon something to help precipitate my writing.

I had slowed down writing as of late due to many things, the greatest of such being my lack of reading.

Where it is to go from here depends on just as many factors as before if not more so, we shall see.


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Backroom Breach

“Vendere jura potest, emerat ille prius—He that bought law can sell it.”