I like to consider myself a “nice guy.” Aside from the fits of violence upon NY’s homeless and elderly population, I comport myself with extreme chivalry, during most venues. I am a family man, law abiding citizen, generous with friends and employees. Because of these things, I should feel entitled to some sort of boon, something in return for my better than average behavior on Earth.
Hell, I might imagine myself to be infallible and invest my money accordingly, since the world “owes me.”
Here’s the cold dose of realism.
There is no such thing as karma, chi or mystical being looking down on me, rewarding cookies for a job well done and bolts of lightening whenever I slap people with hot slices of pizza. It’s just me versus the world, in a giant rat race designed to kill me before the age of 80.
When it rains outside, it isn’t because you were acting like a real jerk. And when you got that promotion, it wasn’t because your charitable donations convinced the “karma Gods” that you were deserving.
The market is a bitch. It pushes and pushes until you capitulate, on both the long and short side. There’s a reason for that. Human emotions are not very complex and we all have a tipping point. For example, should you prod me with undesirable childhood nicknames– more than 5 times– the chances of me killing you rise exponentially. We’re all in a giant fish-tank, eating the same chum. Sometime soon, there will be a tipping point, either way up or way down.
Whichever way it goes, mind you, it will have nothing to do with your lack of deportment in public venues or the amount of money you donate to kids with cancer.
47 Responses to Blazing My Own Path
You’re not a nice guy. Face it.
But you’re a pleasure to follow on tw and all the very best on your bd . . .many more to come
Never said others think I am a nice guy.
When living in NC I hung out with grown men named Skookie; Poopie; Winky; and Brillo. I’m not proud of that, it just is.
All undesirable nicknames, of a calibre much inferior to Plutonium Petey.
I baked you a cake boss…. http://ibankcoin.com/rhino/2012/05/25/its-a-celebration/
Was going to say something about introspection, NYC shrnks etc, but it would all miss the mark… enjoy getting older – it’s not tough when you consider the alternative.
Even here on the interwebs you are admirable. All the best to you and yours.
“deportment in public venues”
While it is true I am an illegal alien,
I never go into public venues, therefore
chances of these bastards finding and
deporting me is greatly reduced.
Doing good works for the sake of doing good works and not some sort of payoff or recognition is it’s own best reward. Sounds corny, but true.
i am not lacking deportment sir ,quite eccentric according to the latest frumpet polls
I never could figure out why you bought FB, especially after a busted IPO.
Religion keeps the animals in line, why ruin a good thing ?
When I think of all the great, brand name columnists out there, there are almost none who could even handle your wake. Writers with the NYT, WP, LAT, etc will be lucky to deliver pizza when their brick and mortar blows away…and the House of Fly is the last edifice standing.
Meet Nietzsche and his uberman
It’s true. LIfe is empty and meaningless.
Monty Python has your cure:
Oh, contrare, senor Fly!
There is a universe around you, and there has been an extraordinary amount of activity going on within it, and all around it and you.
I propose that you have these earthly qualities you speak of above, based on your many daily briefs over the years, and my interactions with you, as it were.
The whole key to the extra-dimensional capability, is in us developing our higher levels of conciousness.
Being aware of the moment, be it good, bad, horrible or great, and accepting what it is FOR what it is, and nothing more is a good way to practice that.
Your mind and body operates at various frequencies, both low and high, with high being better.
The 20 watts of energy inside each of us cannot be destroyed. It will leave our bodies when we pass, but then that consciousness energy will be moving into other dimensions.
Free from the bonds of space and time.
Happy birthday good doctor!
Happy Birthday Fly,
And Steve, the Frenchies go, “Au Contraire.”
HBDay M. LeFly.
You’re never too young for a good ol’ fashion fist fight.
I’m sure Che$$ could make a phone call to dismiss any charges.
Also. I strenuously object to the abject ruin of the Great V.King. His Haus should be permitted a reorganization bail out.
The plebs need their V.King.
There is no God out to get you. But the high frequency traders are.
Happy birthday! But on a serious note: what’s with all these new bloggers mixed in with the news feed? I don’t come here to read the blogs of plebs. Keep your chin high.
This is the new iBankCoin.
You consider yourself a nice guy because you are good mannered and treat your friends and family well?
Hate to break it to ya Fly, but that’s not being nice, that’s just being well to do. With all due respect, get over yourself man.
What in the world are you talking about?
Anyone ever tell you ‘you’re a fucking idiot?’
This is the first time a YELP shareholder has.
Thanks for the laugh.
Yeah … Me!
that doesn’t mean well to do- you can be dirt poor and do same. dumb!
For a guy who is so sure there isn’t a God, you sure seem interested in the matter.
Tremendous birthday wishes from a relatively new site follower. I hope you are able to milk this celebration through the extended weekend as well. Until Tuesday’s likely craziness; all the best.
“There is no such thing as karma.”
Thats a bold call.
And if thats true why is it such a bitch
That doesn’t make sense. That’s like asking… if there’s no such thing as a unicorn, why is a unicorn such a bitch?
We ARE the chum.
Big thanks for this reminder. I have this weird feeling I’m going to blow up next week and all of my macro-analysis doesn’t mean dick, but somehow I can’t stop. Gotta remember wanting something has nothing to do with it happening and just sell some losing positions while I still have some equity. But really, doesn’t one need the scarring and the abyss of being at absolute zero, to feel that chill so strongly that it acts as permanent hand on the shoulder? Please write more about the absolutely SHITTY feeling of blowing up as a warning, maybe some of us can absorb it through osmosis.
no you can be bled slowly, one day at a time… and day after day for the next 4 months at least ..always follow your instincts , your true instincts
If you kick someone in the balls everytime you see him, will he not either directly or indirectly find some way to get back at you? I can tell you that if someone did that to me for very long he would lower his lifespan dramatically on accounts of lowering the lifespan of my future children closer to zero with every kick.
You act like an ass to enough people and develop a reputation for it, eventually people will be out to get you. Sometimes that can work in your favor though if you are prepared for it. For example, one might have a very good lawyer and film prepared and proceed to seek lawsuits. Or a poker player may show a bluff then prepare to catch someone bluffing him back.
Maybe karma doesn’t extend beyond cause and effect… and maybe even bad karma can be good for those prepared to handle what’s coming, but at least on a limited level it exists.
Try a case study… smile at 100+ people for control… Then flick 100+ people off and I bet anything you increase the odds of them doing the same. Then punch 100+ people in the gut and see if any retaliate.
But I certainly am skeptical that if you can do evil deeds or good deeds in secret that there will be any effects aside from the stress on the body of concealing the truth or telling a lie.
English isn’t your primary language, is it?
karma does not exist if yu do da dee bo
The pantheon of gods will be displeased with you. You must make a burnt offering pleasing to them before they smite you. I think a nice steak on the grill with a glass of wine would work well.
if you really believed what you said about the market you wouldn’t be here because that would make you a complete idiot.
God decides who gets what, IMO. All I can do is try to invest right.