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No, you don’t have to care about any of this

Posted by M. C. on August 17, 2020

If you’re not contributing to wrong, that is enough.

In fact that is MUCH BETTER than acting like you’re saving the world, when in reality you are contributing to evil.

It’s great to care about important causes, but “I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue them sitting upon another man’s shoulders. I must get off him first, that he may pursue his own contemplations too.”

For example, helping poor people is a noble cause. Forcing others to help poor people is pursuing a noble cause “sitting upon another man’s shoulders.”

Live your life. Be a good person. That’s enough.

Ignore the noise.

My thought is you can’t complain too much when things go haywire for you.
Part of the problem is there are too many people and too much government NOT leaving us alone.
This is for wiser philosophers than me.

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/no-you-dont-have-to-care-about-any-of-this-crap/

By Joe Jarvis

Lots of people are trying to force you to care about the things they care about.

True, some of these issues are really important. But if you don’t care, you don’t care.

You don’t have to pretend. And you don’t owe anyone an explanation.

Henry David Thoreau summed it up almost 200 years ago when he said:

It is not a man’s duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous, wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him.

See, a lot of self-righteous people can’t imagine how anyone could make a different calculation about the most important causes in the world. The person who donates to hungry children finds it absurd that others donate to animal shelters while there are still needy kids out there.

But this is just another variation of how specializing makes things more efficient. If everyone works on the causes they care about most, their passion and efforts will go the furthest.

But Thoreau continues that even if someone doesn’t want to help eradicate a wrong, it is “his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support.”

If you’re not contributing to wrong, that is enough.

In fact that is MUCH BETTER than acting like you’re saving the world, when in reality you are contributing to evil.

It’s great to care about important causes, but “I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue them sitting upon another man’s shoulders. I must get off him first, that he may pursue his own contemplations too.”

For example, helping poor people is a noble cause. Forcing others to help poor people is pursuing a noble cause “sitting upon another man’s shoulders.”

No, he isn’t automatically evil if he doesn’t help the poor, “he may still properly have other concerns to engage him.”

These days you’ll hear people say things like, “it’s not enough to simply not be racist, you have to be actively anti-racist.”

Incorrect. It is absolutely enough to simply not perpetuate an evil.

They don’t know you. They can’t see inside your head, or into your life. They don’t know what you’re engaged in.

But if you are not hurting others, that is enough.

Like imagine if someone told you, it’s not enough to not murder, you have to become a criminologist, and go out there and solve murders.

You know I am grateful there are people out there who go into homicide investigation. But it’s not for me.

It’s pretty ironic actually. Because the same people who try to bully you into taking the action that they want you to take would scoff at your demands for a more peaceful and prosperous society.

Because guess what one of my causes is? It’s not enough to simply not steal others money. You must actively oppose the systemic theft the government calls taxes.

Oh wait, but they need to steal from me in order to pursue their causes, because they do so “sitting upon another man’s shoulders.”

They tell me that a portion of my income, my labor, my time, will be taken without my consent to support the causes they care about, while whatever I had planned for my labor and time will be subordinated to their whims.

But guess what? No one really cares about my cause. So I moved to Puerto Rico to take advantage of tax incentives, and now perfectly legally pay a 4% tax rate.

That did a lot more for me than trying to get people to vote– as if there was anyone who would advance my causes anyway.

Now, more than ever, as the chaos of the world seems to be reaching a crescendo, it is perfectly reasonable to tune out, and say, you know what, I just don’t care.

All the ships have sailed.

It’s much more important to make sure you and your loved ones are in a position of strength moving forward.

Everyone is going to tell you that you have to care about this, that your silence on that is as bad as whatever, that you’re either with us or against us…

I care about a lot of things, and have plenty of passionate ideas about how this world should turn out. But now is the time to keep your powder dry, and wits about you.

In the board game Risk, you win by building strength while remaining unnoticed. The strongest players fight it out, and weaken each other.

It is then, when the smoke clears, that it is easiest to control the board.

Deep breath in. Deep breath out.

Live your life. Be a good person. That’s enough.

Ignore the noise.

 

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Doug Casey: “We’re actually confronting the degradation of Western Civilization itself” | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on June 3, 2020

By studying their tactics, you will be more prepared to guard against, and counter-attack the enemy.

The current crisis is being used to exploit the masses. But it also presents tremendous opportunity to take the power back, and reshape this world.

Society is entering a new period of transition, a struggle that will reveal the elites of the next generation.

Now is the time to seize your power if you intend to be among their ranks.

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/doug-casey-were-actually-confronting-the-degradation-of-western-civilization-itself/

By Joe Jarvis

Matt Smith hosts Doug Casey, and the two manage to boil down certain elements of what brought us to where we are today, as Doug says, to “the moral corruption of society.”

Doug Casey, for anyway unfamiliar, is a writer and speculator– an anarcho-capitalist influenced by Ayn Rand.

Matt Smith is the CEO of Royalty Exchange, a company which provides investments in music and other intellectual property, for instance by selling royalty catalogs of Eminem’s music.

In regards to the economic cliff America is teetering on the edge of, Doug Casey says America’s attitude is that:

The Fed will print up new money and make it good. This is part of the moral corruption of society, where nobody has to take any responsibility for anything, from the little things to the big things, because the ‘Great White Father’ the cornucopia in Washington will kiss everything and make it better.

This isn’t just a monetary and economic disaster we’re looking at. It’s actually a moral disaster as well.

Matt Smith responds:

It’s like this safety first culture has permeated everything. All the way from bicycle helmets, to bailing out the airlines so that they don’t go bankrupt, to anything else you could imagine. It’s like any short term injury is seen as the ultimate evil that must be avoided at all costs.

Doug talks about the first time he heard the term “politically correct” which was back in the day on Saturday Night Live. It was a joke that you would have to watch what you say, for fear of political repercussions. He points out it’s not so different from “politically unreliable” as the Soviets used to say.

Doug believes:

We’re actually confronting the degradation of Western Civilization itself. This is much more serious than the Greater Depression, that we have definitely embarked upon. Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall… Look, the world is going to be very very different, in the next few years. Assuming even we don’t have something resembling WorldWar III. Which is entirely possible.

Matt agreed, commenting:

One of the things that dawned on me in the early stages of this, you could see this virus making its way across the world. You could see it coming. You could see that there were going to be implications… it doesn’t even matter how serious the virus actually is… you could see the effect it was having as it was making waves through the different countries it was going through.

From China, welding people into their apartments, to Italy completely going on lockdown, and overrunning hospitals. You could see it coming. And I remember in the midst of that, before it really got here in any great extent, Kim Jung Un launched a couple of missile.

And I thought wow, you could see how that could explode, to try and distract his own people, or you know, you could just see all these, it’s like a tinderbox, lots of little things could happen for their own internal, political reasons, could strike out and lead to much larger conflict.

Matt talks about a struggle between needing reform, and the sad reality that too often bad systems are replaced with something worse:

The total loss of faith in institutions, that they are demonstrably incompetent, and that nobody believes in them anymore, and so they get flushed away. And I think in that flushing away there is an opportunity, because they need to be flushed away, right? Because they are so corrupt, and flawed.

But it’s also frightening what might come in replacing it.

They also talk about gold, bitcoin, voluntarism, state governments standing up against the Feds, and the good habit of disobeying bad laws.

It’s really a great episode, and I encourage you to listen to the entire thing.

I’ve had the pleasure of learning from Matt Smith on a few occasions, at an entrepreneurship camp he co-founded.

He is one of a handful of people whose opinions and perspective I respect most in the world. Not just because of his business success, but also because of his philosophy on life.

His podcast is a must-listen for any value creators.

 

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