Regardless of whether we find out years from now via declassified documents that the 2016 USA election was tampered with, one thing is for certain which I knew way before people voted.
I’m from Manhattan, NYC. I vote as an Independent, but this is basically a Democrat town, other than the borough of Staten Island, which apparently votes Republican.
In cities, we live vertically, not horizontally, meaning that hundreds of people might share the same lobby of a hi-rise apartment building.
This is different from living in the sticks where people have houses, lawns, and most importantly LAWN SIGNS.
Every person that I know… **EVERY** person that I know who had to drive past people’s actual houses in their daily routine reported **ONLY** seeing Trump signs on people’s lawns.
At first I thought that was fascinating. 😀
Eventually, I researched the situation and decided that Hillary was talking to people who owned stock in coal mines while Trump was talking to people who worked IN the coal mines.
Whether what he was telling them is something that will ever actually be done isn’t the issue. The point is he was saying SOMETHING they wanted to hear, as opposed to what I’m used to hearing.
Being from NYC and having gone to school in Boston alum.MIT.edu/www/BillCammack, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a coal mine with my eyes.
Of course I’ve seen them in documentaries, but I wouldn’t have a clue where to find an actual mine, though I can guess there might be some in West Virginia? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So what I’m used to hearing is how privileged people like myself can get more privileges. 😀
This is because of Survivorship Bias.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivorship_bias – Survivorship bias or survival bias is the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that made it past some selection process and overlooking those that did not, typically because of their lack of visibility. This can lead to false conclusions in several different ways. It is a form of selection bias.
In other words, being that I’ve never even SEEN a coal mine and none of my family’s prosperity has ANYTHING TO DO with coal mines, I can’t possibly give a damn about coal mines unless there’s some reason to invest in them.
Similarly, I don’t do any drugs at all (unless you count alcohol as a drug, haha), but there’s big money these days in pot warehousing.
I know nothing at all about pot OTHER THAN the potential investment opportunities.
This is because we aren’t playing that game. We aren’t playing the “I might have to work in a coal mine evAr in my life” game.
This is what the lawn signs told me. That there are a lot of people playing a different game and listening for different things than what Hillary was talking about.
I didn’t think it was anywhere near enough people to win an election, but here we are. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Games With Frontiers
All of a sudden, on election day, I became interested in researching other people’s games.
How would I feel if I *DID* work in a coal mine and then it closed?
What would I do?
The first thing *I* would do is move! 😀
Again, this is a privileged concept. I can move anywhere I want because I have family and friends pretty much all around the globe.
Also, personally, I work over the internet so I don’t have to live anywhere in particular to make money = more privilege.
But still, if I lived in a location that became deindustrialized, I would have to go somewhere where I can get a job. **NOW** not next week.
Meanwhile, people stay where they are, get on welfare, don’t realize they’re on welfare, get on ObamaCare, don’t realize they’re on ObamaCare, spend their food stamps on energy drinks, get on all kinds of homemade drugs like oxy and meth, and either figuratively or LITERALLY KILL THEMSELVES.
I wanted to understand what these people are interested in because apparently they’re the ones who are going to be doing the voting. 😀
Personally, I was a Workfare fan. I’m not a fan of giving people free money just so they don’t die. I want my streets swept.
However, part of my Survivorship Bias and Privilege is that I never had the luxury of being on welfare.
I think it’s great as a safety net for people who REALLY NEED IT at a time in their lives where they aren’t doing well financially.
It’s simultaneously a horrible demotivator for people who decide that level of living is good enough for them and stop trying to excel in life.
So I know what it is and I know that the red states suck welfare like a vacuum cleaner.
And yes.. The ability to live on welfare is a luxury just like it’s a luxury to be physically attracted to unattractive women.
That Was Then. This Is Now.
I wanted to write my Loser Society series because I was entering mental territory where I know a lot of my friends have never gone and I wanted to offer them some potential explanations for the behaviors they’re seeing.
Now that I’m entering my new year, I’m done with it. 😀
Of course, that’s yet another privilege.. The ability to stop caring about something and have it have ZERO affect on your life.
One of the things I found out along the way, as readers Terry & Benny would point out to me in our discussions about my articles, is that I was preaching to the choir, except I wasn’t particularly preaching, but more like explaining.
So basically, the people who read my blog aren’t interested in losers and the losers don’t read my blog! 😀
In fact, another thing I found out was that losers have this incredible ability to cherry-pick content for ONLY the information that helps them explain their worldview.
That’s probably the very worst part, because you keep throwing them the life preserver and they keep talking about how you’re in a boat and they’re in the water. o_O
They will tell you you can walk from NYC to London and then they don’t want to hear it when you tell them there’s water in between those two places. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
They’ll complain that they can’t pull any chicks and then they don’t want to hear it when you tell them “Look at you. Why should a chick want to date you? o_O”
The people who need THE MOST HELP are the people who vehemently reject the help that’s offered to them.
My reaction to the election was to investigate and then offer solutions.
Not solutions that work for me, but that work for the underprivileged.
I don’t have any of the problems those people have.
I couldn’t afford not to be an excellent person.
I didn’t get that option in life.
I was born to married professional parents who were both born to married professional parents.
Eugenically, I just can’t possibly lose.
That gives me the privilege of ignoring / not caring about / not hearing about / not giving a damn about minimum wage, coal mines, logging, strawberry-picking, ain’t nobody gots no time fo dat.
I wanted to stop ignoring it and get involved with being part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
At this point in time, however, I’ve done my community service and I’m over it.
Unfortunately, by spending time attempting to help losers win, you can’t allocate that same time to helping winners win more than we already are.
Sometimes, there’s a reason why people are losers.
That reason could be blamed on a bunch of things, including having an abysmal IQ of 100 or that their parents were drug addicts or some other format of bums.
Sometimes, you just can’t lift people up. They won’t let you. They won’t help you help them.
They really enjoy wallowing in their own misery.
This is one of the things I realized about Loser Society.. Losers have to be careful that they aren’t following other losers.
That sounds funny but it isn’t.
A lot of the people I’ve been researching over the past several months are nihilists and/or personally wish they were dead except they’re scared of dying so they keep living in their own personal hell.
Be careful not to join groups led by people who intend to drag themselves further into hell and you with them.
Meanwhile, by focusing on attempting to help losers pull up out of that nosedive, I’m not doing my best work, which is helping winners win more.
I’m not as good at what I do just so I can make money. 😀
Each One Teach One
I’m returning to my educational posts because I’ve done what I can for Loser Society and I’m on an entirely different energy this season.
Back to Audio, Video, Social Media, & Dating. Not necessarily in that order. >:D
I’m not saying the people I was researching are enemies. Exactly the opposite. They don’t count at all.
If I hadn’t gone out of my way to read their blogs and watch their videos, I wouldn’t know or care anything about them and they’d be a footnote if I ever heard of them at all.
I wanted to examine their problems and offer solutions. If not solutions, explanations that might help them switch gears and become productive members of society and enjoy their lives.
I also wanted to offer winners explanations of why we’re surrounded by losers.
If you think about it, the world was initially agricultural.
Somebody owned the land. Somebody worked the land. Somebody paid for the privilege to work the land and be protected by the owner’s armed forces.
This meant that as long as you could put a seed in the ground or tend to a chicken, you had a job and you would be fed in exchange for the work you did.
At this point, technology is making it so that unskilled laborers are about to be a thing of the past, which is why people are talking about UBI. Universal Basic Income Could Grow the U.S. Economy by an Extra 12.5% | Fortune
They don’t even need you to work the cash register at McDonald’s anymore, so don’t worry about minimum wage rising to $15 USD. Worry about when driverless cars are delivering Domino’s pizza or newspapers.
I graduated in Information Systems, so I’m set. I’m not going to have any problems due to emerging technologies.
I wanted to offer some ideas to factory workers being replaced by robots.
I never felt GUILTY about any of this because that’s how the game works. Your parents set you up for success or failure and then it’s your job to take that advantage and run with it.
Survivorship Bias dictates that people who can’t cut it just plain disappear.
If a glass of wine costs $14 at a particular bar, I’m not going to see you if you’re scraping together $.99 to share a 40oz with someone.
I don’t say that to be funny but because it’s true.
The real division is class.
Not race or anything else.
If you can’t afford to be where I am, I. Will. Just. Plain. Never. See. You.
Out of sight. Out of mind.
I’ve done my part in paying attention to people I have no obligation to pay attention to.
I’ve done what I could do. 😀
We now return you to your regularly-scheduled programming… Joined in progress. >:D
What Are You Actually Doing?
Blogging isn’t about making major changes in societies. It’s about reaching that one person who can see a light at the end of the tunnel because they read what you wrote.
It’s throwing the life preserver in the water without forcing someone to take it and join you on the winning side of life.
It’s sending messages in bottles.
Another thing I learned along the way is that not everyone is cut out for speaking to loser societies.
I can’t say that my time researching losers has been depressING, but what I’ve been studying *IS* depressION.
In order to study depression, you have to feel it as much as you possibly can.
I don’t know how it feels to be on welfare and I personally don’t care if they get rid of welfare altogether because that won’t have anything to do with my life unless I lose my mind and my earning potential along with it.
However, the only way to offer solutions is to attempt to get into the mindset of someone who DOES require welfare, and then once you’re there, look from the inside out and figure out how YOU would escape it and then offer them ideas that might spark them into action.
There are other people who live and live and live and live and live and live and live inside depression every single day, as I can tell from their social media feeds because they’re incessantly BITCHING about the same problems 365 days a year with no solutions.
I don’t give a damn about what you’re telling me in 2017 which is the same thing you were telling me in 2015 and all you’ve done is whine and complain about it this whole time. Who TF Cares? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
There’s a problem or there isn’t. There’s a solution or there isn’t.
Some people are professional Misery Peddlers.
Ain’t Nobody Gots No Time Fo Dat.
I understand however that if certain people gave up their gimmicks, they’d have no social media following whatsoever, so they have to ride their misery-peddling until the wheels fall off.
I respect their hustle to remain relevant. I don’t respect their bottom-feeding without offering their subscribers any solutions or any light whatsoever at the end of that particular tunnel.
I’ve gotten emails from people or private messages or blog comments saying the difference something I wrote made for them and that’s all that counts. 😀
It’s worth writing if you can help somebody. Anybody. Doesn’t matter who they are or what they think of you or whether you even find out they read your blog. 😀
Am I Finished Or Am I Done?
So yes, I’m done with Loser Society. On to progressive and fun topics. 😀
It’s almost a full year after the election, and nothing’s really different.
Our country is made up of several sets of people with several different sets of goals & desires.
Here in NYC, we’ve known this for years and people get along fine.
Of course you have the occasional drunk fool who makes himself look like an asshat in a viral social media video.
For the most part, we’re all here to help each other.
I don’t imagine that I know anyone who’s so much of a creep that if they saw an old lady fall in the street, they wouldn’t help her get back up.
All you have to do is be a good citizen.
Take care of your community and your community will take care of you.
Do unto others. All that. 😀
I wish the losers good luck because it’s going to get worse before it gets better, if it gets better at all.
I’ve done my part and I would be doing the wrong thing by the winners to keep focusing on the losers.