Why Yours Is No Fun for Socialists
Envy politics is a force in the world. When we see someone else succeeding while at the same time we see ourselves as failing, there is a primal urge to go on the attack. The uncritically thinking mind has a tendency to assume that the success of others is somehow the cause of one's own failure. This is a rationalization of one's own refusal to adapt to the changing conditions in which one finds one's self. This mentality naturally encourages the wrong solution: "Take others down", rather than "raise myself up". Sadly, one actually has resources available to further the "others are to blame" agenda, and to avoid drawing the "responsible for myself" conclusion indefinitely; when government resources become available to assist those who want others to suffer for their own failures, envy politics is the result.
It's hard to accept that we are failing to compete on an even field of play. It's far easier to assume that the system is rigged against us. Once that conclusion is drawn, we don't have to work any harder, because our situation is now understood to be the result of what someone else is doing. And we know we can't directly control what someone else is doing.
I see a lot of posts on Yours making significant money for things that don't seem to have a lot of substance from my point of view. But the choice to remunerate these posts is ultimately that of the remunerators, not mine, based on their values, not mine. And I accept this. I acknowledge that my earnings are lower than that of some others, and that this is because of decisions I've made. I don't disparage anyone else's success. If I want more earnings, I simply have to do whatever that takes. If I'm not willing to do what it takes, I suffer the consequences. No one else is to blame for my decisions.
This is what socialists will never accept. They will insist that the earnings of successful others is unfair, and secretly dream of a redistributionist alternative. They will not fault themselves for the outcome of their decisions. They will not take responsibility for themselves.
One thing I really like about Yours is how it seems to naturally attract people of the opposite mindset, those who are willing to try and to keep trying. Those who are open to competition. I simply hope that the day doesn't come when growth of the platform produces an ideological shift, and brings increasing complaining and lobbying for more equality of outcome. We've seen what comes of that by looking at the policies of once great MMOs. Mass whining for easier access to the goods cheapens the whole game for everybody.
Without adherence to a core principle in common, no community can thrive. Here's to hoping Yours continues to be a place where all are expected to add value to the platform if they want to stand out.
Thanks for reading.