We all come in different sizes and shades, varietals that are both beautiful and monstrous. In my experiences, I have noticed three type of people. There are those who fuck and drink without remorse, truly idiots, cruising though life without a care in the world. Because of their arch-ignorance, they’re unable to see the flaw in their thinking and instead lash out at others for being “stupid”, often deriding those with formal education as being the real idiots — happy and content with their station, only taking time out from drinking and fucking to complain about the lack of variety at their local booze store.
The second type of person is one with flaws, but is aware of these flaws and it manifests itself in one of two ways.
Self improvement via physical training/formal education or self-hatred and a wasted life. These people can go either way, into a life of self-abuse/crime or propel themselves via grit to do something extraordinary.
The third type rests at the top of the human food chain, thanks in large part to generations of carefully planned eugenics. Although successful and intelligent, often times these people are most upset with their station — due to lack of purpose and zeal. Having things given to them at an early age isn’t exactly empowering and being able to see things for what they truly are, instead of what they might be, can at times be depressing. The maniacal machinations of these people, often helped by drugs, can manifest itself on a large scale: wars, corporate chicanery, propaganda, generational abuse of power.
These are the pillars of society that markets are built on, one class of person leaning on the other and vice versa. That free healthcare isn’t going to pay for itself, just like that new Tesla car doesn’t get made without hands. The ebb and flow of good vs corrupt is sometimes shrouded by the fog of media and there are people who truly believe everyone is the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. But it’s not all despair — because happiness cannot be bought and sold like a stock or a crypto. The ideal life is one fueled by curiosity and contentment. Sometimes the fight for something greater, the insatiable desire to become powerful or wealthy, leads to the most despair. There is a delicate balance between drive and the path to ruin. Some of us top at 16 years old, most popular kid in high school — star athlete. Some of us keep growing stronger and wiser, well into our later years. We all have an expiration date, not just for our bodies but our spirit.
One of my favorite authors, probably my favorite, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was haunted by his early successes and considered himself to be spent by his mid- 30s, constantly lamenting his age and how he could never repeat the halcyon days of the roaring 20s. His thinking was so toxic it caused him to run down a path of self-destruction and an early demise. What he lacked was perspective. Money ruled over him because of his caprices and that strain caused him to write articles instead of books — which in turn caused him to have even more financial strain.
I don’t know the secret to happiness, but I do know what causes ruin in most men: reckless spending, booze, meaningless sex, lack of perspective.
Sorry for the unusual introspective post.
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