I once had a friend whom I’d known since junior school. He was ambitious but not particularly bright. He was so determined to make good in life that it was difficult to even talk to him, he’d always tell me that he had to work 24/7, he had no time. I always knew when I examined his business ideas that he was doomed to failure but I could see no point in telling him.
This friend of mine, since early childhood, had always dreamt of learning to scuba-dive. When I had to leave England to work overseas, I told him that if I could leave my scuba gear in his spare garage, he could help himself to it, join a club and learn to dive. There was a pile of scuba gear, as much as anyone could ever need, yet when I returned a couple of years later, my friend had still not learned to dive. He died soon after of a heart attack, missing the opportunity to fulfill his dream.
As I’ve always said to people and you can quote me on this one:
“if work could make you rich, all the road diggers in the world would be billionaires.”
Sure there are times when we all have to work hard but if it doesn’t take you where you want to go, then it’s a waste of time. Too many people think that hard work is an end in itself. I think we’re conditioned by the state education system to think like that. I see it all the time, perhaps in the company employee who tries to look busy trying to justify his existence, only to feel betrayed when he is made redundant.
I see the same thing in the local high street as I look at small shops that open up. Often these will be owned by middle aged people who have been made redundant. They’ll then use their life’s savings to start a small business. I’ll often look through the windows of these businesses and in my mind calculate how long it’ll be before they’re gone, usually between three and six months. Every time this happens there is a personal tragedy, the loss of a lifetime’s savings, perhaps bankruptcy. The bank manager on whom so many people rely for advice doesn’t care as long as your loans are secured, usually on your house. I suppose the message is: work smarter, not harder.
So many people are driven by the work ethic indoctrination that they can’t see the wood for the trees, but it’s not like this for everyone. In my early life I sometimes undertook some contract work on various super yachts. I got to know some of the owners fairly well. I shouldn’t generalise but I will due to space constraints. What I did find was that some people learn to live life on their own terms, some make an honest living, but there are plenty of arms dealers and others that derive their wealth from dubious sources (I’m not recommending this).
I was once told not to drink beer because it was a peasants drink and unfortunately this sums up the attitude of many of these people. It didn’t stop me drinking beer though. I think we can include, perhaps, the majority of our politicians in this category.
I’m mentioning this now because I’ve been ranting for years about the state of the underlying economy and now things – despite the mainstream media propaganda – are coming to a head. This has been reported from various sources:
The bond yield curve inversion is reaching extremes, and this is from The Independent:
This will be more than a recession and was baked into the global economic pie a long time ago and has nothing to do with Brexit. I’m sure that our politicians know this as they stand there and offer you smiling reassurances. There’s nothing to worry about according to them: it’s funny how the people whose interests they are supposed to be looking after are always the last to know of trouble ahead.
In the meantime, I’m very sure that our politicians have received expert financial advice and have stashed their fortunes accordingly, their places in the sun already lined up (remember the Panama papers).
Sometimes when talking to people I would take a coin from my pocket, dollar, pound or whatever, and say: “considering that the one thing that all seven and a half billion people on this planet have in common is that they all want this coin, it’s amazing that I have one, let alone the vast amount it takes to survive in today’s world.”
It is not wrong to compete for resources, it is not wrong to put your own house in order first and yet in this politically correct, media driven, socialist world unfolding around us, we’re made to feel guilty for wanting to look after our own interests and nobody else will. The coming years are likely to be very difficult, the smiles and the promises of Boris Johnson or any other politician will amount to nothing; reality awaits, you need to face it with your eyes open.
Above all, it is not wrong to want to preserve our country and way of life, to look after our own interests, to live life on our own terms. We must decide what we want out of life and go for it, when our own country is in order, perhaps then we can worry about the rest of the world. Putting our country in order starts with Brexit, the EU is a train wreck waiting to happen.
Don’t be like my friend, he could never see the wood for the trees and now he’s dead before he even lived.