- No Limits
- No Fear
- The Art Of Breaking The Rules
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There are three common marketing bullshit shticks I can’t stand.
- NO LIMITS!!!
- NO FEAR!!!
- BREAK THE RULES!!!
All bullshit, and here’s why.
All of nature is limited. Fear warns and informs us when limits are being reached. Rules generalize, formalize, and sometimes legalize behavior in order to sustain a societal order that doesn’t have everyone creating chaos by testing nature at every turn.
“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” — Francis Bacon
The universe would be an awful, unsurvivable place if it didn’t operate under sets and layers of physical laws. We would be unable to predict even the simplest of things. We would be unable to understand or count on anything for sure. Perhaps anyone might have absolute omnipotence; or, anyone might have zero power or influence. In either case, you’re at the mercy of whimsical willy-nilly from minute to minute.
Imagine that at any given moment, dust just wouldn’t settle to the floor so you could sweep it up—and that assumes your broom is simultaneously functioning as a broom, and not a leaf blower….
So, thank God for natural laws and limitations in all things…even though as the supposed creator of them, he’s exempt—just like the US Congress in the laws it enacts.
Limitations give rise to beauty and opportunity. Beauty happens as one thing pushes only so far as to meet something else in nature pushing back. Opportunity presents by discovering limited “loopholes” and exploiting them until something comes along to push back on that, too.
We live in a world of constant politicized global crisis where no limits are even hypothesized to slow or stop anything, SO WE MUST ACT NOW!!!
Both are lies. There are limits and in terms of the globe, we have almost no influence or power to change much, if anything, really. You’re being chumped, fooled, and suckered if you buy into any of it.
Nature is dominated by negative feedback. Ignorance of that is how you get silly, politicized to socialized things like the purposefully fraudulent Michael Mann Hockey Stick. Even damn NUCLEAR FISSION isn’t a run-away chain-reaction positive feedback. A nuclear “chain-reaction” is limited proportional to the kind and amount of fissionable material in the bomb.
Don’t be stupid. Instead, differentiate between natural and artificial, man-made limitations designed to keep you compliant and held back. More on that later.
Want to see what NO FEAR!!! looks like? Google Darwin Awards, an informal sort of thing to highlight instances of gene-pool cleansing.
The Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions around 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool by dying or becoming sterilized via their own actions.
The project became more formalized with the creation of a website in 1993, followed by a series of books starting in 2000 by Wendy Northcutt. The criterion for the awards states: “In the spirit of Charles Darwin, the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species’ chances of long-term survival.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Awards
There are probably others in similar vein, but some months ago I stumbled upon a YouTube Channel that often has me in stitches: They Will Kill You. There’s plenty of accidents and tragedies, too, so don’t get me wrong on that. But, it does illustrate that there are limits and a lot of things you rightly ought to be afraid of for the sake of your own reasonable safety and survival.
Just as with the no-limits trope, the no-fear slogan is purposed to turn your natural fear response into synthetic fear of your own making through politicized and socialized suggestion and harping and droning on and on in a 24/7 cycle until deafness, when it’s time to move to a new crisis. That is, most people don’t actually experience real situations where a greater measure of fear and trepidation would be entirely warranted. They create imagined fear in their own minds and then act on it as though it’s probable.
As such, the acting out of fear is entirely screwy all over the place—where many fear not the truly fearful, but the benign. The lists upon lists are enormous. A touchstone of this phenomena for me is the 2018 rapes and murder-by-decapitation of the two pretty-hot babes, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland in Morocco.
On 17 December 2018, the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, a 24-year-old Danish woman, and Maren Ueland, a 28-year-old Norwegian woman, were found decapitated in the foothills of Mount Toubkal near to the village of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
A total of 18 men have been arrested by Moroccan Police in relation to the murders. The murders were described by the Moroccan general prosecutor as a terrorist act after a video of several of the suspects were shown swearing allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant while decapitating Jespersen was released on the Internet.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Louisa_Vesterager_Jespersen_and_Maren_Ueland
Well, it’s those DAMN TERRORISTS!!! again who just want to TAKE AWAY OUR FREEDOMS!!! How about that since the dawn of mammalian humanity 100-200K years ago—when one aspect is that the male might begin to stick around to protect his family—females understood they should not be unaccompanied by protective males outside of the general umbrella-protection of the village?
I know, sucks for women and to a generally lesser extent, men. But never ever forget that the chief predator of humans is other humans.
What would you want to bet that those two girls were pretty WOKE?!!! That, in rejecting the narrative from the right that many Muslim men are EVIL DOERS!!! they blanked out the fact that predatory males—where young, pretty, sexually-flaunting women are present—exist all over the world of all ethnicities, cultures, creeds, ideologies, religions? So, in ignoring rational trepidation and fear while embracing the fear-where? politicized and socialized narrative for gain by others, they got themselves raped and had their heads chopped off to fanfare?
There are many examples.
The Art of Breaking The Rules
Rebellion is contextual.
All infants are rebellious. They just don’t follow the rules and raise an ungodly fuss when nurtured into them. One could say they begin life fearlessly exploring limits.
Here’s another one: assholes are contextual.
The worst sort of rebel is the one without a cause. A rebel without principles he or she can thoroughly explicate eye-glazing-degree is just a pointless pain in the ass, parasitic often enough. As I said above, rules exist to more contemplatively and formally normalize, calm, and stabilize a society where lots of people are acting out-and-about in pursuit of their own goals, desires, and ways.
The problem with no rules is that various pursuits of fearless and limitless action very often wraps up innocent people. It is a social value to not have to be constantly looking over your shoulders for the next Darwin-Award idiot to come along. And plus, a polite and graceful society is a nice place to live. They have them all over the world. Check into it. My place in Ban Laem Thong, Sisaket, Thailand—a village of under 500 people—is just such a place. Never have I lived amongst such sweet human beings.
My attitude and approach to rules is rather like The Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you): He who has the gold makes the rules.
To put a finer point on that: you own it, you’re in charge. Accordingly, if I’m in your home, I abide by your rules. If I’m in your business, I abide by your rules. And that’s absolute, because if I don’t care for them I am perfectly free to either negotiate with you, or leave. Negotiation of these sorts of rules can be artful but you must acknowledge that your only standing is the pleasure of your company or the attractiveness of your patronage; and your only leverage is your own unequivocal ability to deny both.
Most of us get along fine under those perfectly valid rule structures and altercations amongst the sane are rare and even when they happen get quickly resolved amicably.
Where is all this the exact opposite? Let’s make a list.
I could go on.
From the United Nations all the way down through the USA’s “checks & balances” to the local teepee-based Tribal Council, there are real assholes with a million personal—often sociopathic and psychopathic—motivations for being such—from a plethora of insecurities, to looters desiring unearned wealth, to base cruelty, to status seekers, to plain old enculers.
It’s always a melange of bait and switch. The State endlessly touts the bread and butter rules: no murder, no rape, no kidnapping, no theft, and no fraud, etc., while picking your pocket or your time, attention, and veritable soul in a million other ways.
But it gets far worse. What the government can’t do by legislation so far, it can do by bureaucratic rule-making, rent-seeking, regulation, and hosts of other incentives and penalties targeting and using the quasi-State entities we call corporations. Corporations are statutory entities. That is, they have both a private and a state element to them— which generally amounts to liability shielding in most civil and some criminal matters—in exchange for playing by the rules. It gets even worse. In no way are publicly traded corporations—i.e., the big ones—private entities. They are far more fascistic quasi-State entities than are they remotely private. To put a blunt point on it, the government can’t censor your speech but it can easily get social media to do it. They probably can’t make you get a Covid-19 vaccination that would pass Constitutional muster with an even remotely sane SCOTUS. But they sure can get “private” companies to require it as terms of employment.
Democracy drives this, make no mistake. It’s the means by which those of the lowest to no standing to make rules of their own surrounding what they own, get to make rules for everyone else, “just right.” In league with the media and now, social media, they do it by generating and promoting a bunch of fear narratives so that you ignore real fears and concentrate instead on imaginary ones. For most of society, they only require the seed of irrational, imaginary fear, and all the insane constituencies take it from there. Social Media is the great new promoter of all of them.
So, you know what to do. Be principled, dignified, and even humble in your rule breaking. I’m not so good at the latter, but I am working on it. I often think of rule-breaking in the finest peaceful and humble traditions of Civil Disobedience, as advanced by Henry David Thoreau and further astutely and effectively popularized by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Given the brazzen affronts to humanity by so many enculers globally over 18 months with Covid-19, we’re in need off massive peaceful Civil Disobedience more than at any time in human history.
Now, for the TLDR on Civil Disobedience, let me leave you with the three core principles that make it unbeatable, provided any conscience and humanity remain in the locality or region.
- Meticulously peaceful
- Willing to be arrested, prosecuted, and face the full brunt of whatever punishment issues forth
- Protect your oppressors from and against anyone amongst you who violates rules #1 and #2
It’s a veritable Golden Helmet when done like that.
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Truth be told, I have had many subscriptions to various things Agora going back a very long time, perhaps to mid-90s. No fault of theirs, but it’s probably just me where I either can’t be bothered to read them amongst all else hitting my email, eventually lose interest, get distracted, whatever. Sean hits my sweet spot and I never miss a daily issue. It’s primarily financial-markets observations per his Rude twist on it. It’s a fabulous contrast to the screed from the hilariously woke Morning Brew newsletter—which I read every morning and hate far more than I ever love.
Sean salts and peppers almost every issue with some sort of personal story, anecdote, reminiscence, whatever. The quick backstory is that he’s an American from New Jersey, went to Villanova, then moved to London for a masters at London School of Business and Finance. He stayed and worked for a time, and he even got British citizenship and later, actually renounced his US citizenship before his son was born. WHY? Because of birthright citizenship. If he was a US Citizen at the time of his son’s birth, his son automatically becomes a US Citizen whether he wants to be or not.
It’s kind of like the ancient Jewish ritual of circumcision. You don’t get to choose whether your dick gets mutilated or not.
Sure, his son could have had an automatic way to go to the US; to live and work. But had he not chosen to ever do so, even set foot in it, he would still be liable for US taxes on lifetime income; including any penalties, interest, and criminal liability. Far fetched? The US Internal Revenue Service has an office in Beijing whose mission it is to find “US-Citizens” who have become rich in China—but may not have even been born in the US, or necessarily even knew about their “automatic citizenship,” or held any value in it, whatsoever. (Chalk that latter thing up to a “Land Of The Free” update. Take heart that the taxes they “collect” from foreigners will be used against evil doers who’re trying to take away our freedoms… There’s that comfort for you.)
He later lived and worked in Singapore and Hong Kong and beyond writing his newsletter, trains banking professionals in the finer points.
He writes from Cebu, Philippines, the country and origin of his spouse. He now holds a British and Italian EU passport, as does his son—who also holds a Philippines passport.
How’s THAT for the artful breaking of rules?
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