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.
 

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I would not, not upvote a socialist's post just because it came from a socialist. If one ever makes a good post I will certainly send them some BCH for their post. You know how poor socialism makes people
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Agreed :)
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I guess that's why I like yours so much.
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I got referred to Yours at a BTH meetup in SF a few weeks ago. I think more then just a platform to voice real content I see Yours as a big networking opportunity.
You bring a few BTH $$ to the platform and your already connected to like minded crypto enthusiasts from all over the world. You can learn about tech, business, politics, or just chill & enjoy your time.
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I thought this post was pure bunkem. The title was misleading. Where is the answer to the question it poses?
The first paragraph was a little odd, telling me how other people think. This piece continues with a few blanket statements about socialists I find unfounded. Socialists are able to think about improving next time if something isn't earning. Socialists are able to revel in successful others. They idolize and cheer and donate and revere. Socialists are not eternally seeking to lay blame.
This post just rehashes old myths about what socialists are and then weakly links this whinge to yours.
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Socialism, Communism And In Fact All Isms Are Created To Divide Us.
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Thanks for the article. I think you summed up the Democratic party in the US these days. The Democratic party in the US is all about victim hood, its all about convincing certain groups of people that they are victimized and thus have no voice/power. Then they can easily be controlled and shaped into soldiers of the party's agenda. This agenda seems to be allied with bigger, more powerful Socialist/Communist entities/groups in other parts of the world. Think of George Soros and the like. I feel sorry for the people that get swept up in this sort of thinking because it takes away any chance of their personal success going forward. Unless they can fully take responsibility for themselves and their actions, their chances of true success will be nil. It seems like college campuses across America are dominated by Socialist/Communist professors. This makes recruitment for their cause much easier because young people are so much more impressionable and susceptible to emotional nonsensical arguments.
I love this community, lots of wolves here. Lots of people willing to accept personal responsibility. I fear for this country, I see how they have hollowed out true wealth across the board with Fed Gov monetary policy. They keep kicking the can down the road, they keep monetizing debt. They keep putting pressure on the little bit of wealth the small people have. This little bit of wealth is the last power they have to try and build something for themselves, start a business, invest in something to pay dividends, ect ect. Instead we were all told to take out tons of debt and it would all be ok.
I think this is why people are mad, I think its because they feel as their piece of the pie is getting smaller and smaller, and they are right. It will continue to, the goal is inflation, the Fed says they are targeting 2% yoy inflation, but those of us that understand economics know that this number is much higher. Its being hidden everywhere and its not a conspiracy its just business survival. This is why the cans are getting smaller. This is why you get 14oz instead of 21oz in your favorite bag of chips over the last 5 years. This is why the jeans you buy seem cheaper/thinner than they used to be. But all of the prices are staying the same. This is because these are not the same products you used to get for the same money. If they gave you what they used to the price would be much higher and you would see the inflation. Businesses cant raise the prices or their sales will drop so they do these things to try and survive. This is part of why people are mad and they don't even realize what is going on. Problem is political parties see this and seize on the opportunity to channel people's fear and anger at the party's enemies.
Lets all say a little prayer as we go forward in this seemingly out of control/set in motion train barreling toward a brick wall. Lets all hope 2018 is the year where people wake up and realize that the majority of us all want the same thing, we want peace and less violence. Lets hope that cooler heads prevail and that we can get back to talking to one another across the political spectrum on social media without deleting and blocking people further barricading ourselves into our own perspective echo chambers.
Sorry for the rant, lol.
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"I thought this post was pure bunkem."
Thanks for sharing.
"The title was misleading. Where is the answer to the question it poses?"
I think it pretty obvious that people with a "things happen to me" mentality get unhappy when they see people with a "I do things" mentality succeed.
"The first paragraph was a little odd, telling me how other people think."
The goal was to describe a mentality, not to say which "other people" have it and which don't. Hence no naming of names.
This piece continues with a few blanket statements about socialists I find unfounded."
Depending on how you define socialist, the claims will be more or less unfounded. I also noticed that you didn't make a case beyond claiming "unfounded" status.
"Socialists are able to think about improving next time if something isn't earning."
Anyone who is taking responsibility for themselves and adjusting their behavior to the market reality would be someone I'm not talking about.
"Socialists are able to revel in successful others." Maybe by your definition. But not by mine.
If I had abstained from referencing the politically contentious word "socialist," and said instead, "hater of savings, self-determination, and success," maybe you would have found my statements less controversial. If you already have an association that you identify with and ascribe to the term "socialist," then naturally, you're going to take offense. But if we try to get at what the underlying idea is, irrespective of the term used, we can recognize that there is truth to the statement and possibly reach agreement with the essential claim.
"Socialists are not eternally seeking to lay blame."
I'm talking about the people who are. I call them socialists because they want to conceal their deficiencies by hiding behind groups, and prioritize the collective over the individual in their political thinking. The type of people I'm talking about want to escape the consequences of their actions and externalize costs onto others through policy. Use whatever term to describe that you want. My only question would be, are you in favor of that approach to social interaction or are you not in favor? If you're not in favor, then you and I have found common ground.
"This post just rehashes old myths about what socialists are and then weakly links this whinge to yours."
Which myths? Let's go through them. Or, if you're not feeling inclined, we could just begin with a question: Do you believe that the means of production should be controlled by individuals or controlled by governments?
If one has confidence in one's own potential to contribute value to society, one will want individuals to control the means of production because it will be seen as conceivable that one could some day be in a position to do the same. But if one doesn't have confidence in one's own potential to contribute value to society, then there will be a temptation to call for protection from other people's talents and productivity, presumably through a more powerful third party who can alter the playing field. Those who secretly desire to drag others down instead raise themselves up are always going to present a problem for civilized society, and this will be the case regardless of what term we decide to use to reference the mentality itself.
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