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Social Status

I often sound like a broken record but I guess I am like Dori of Finding Nemo fame. Ideas that I have encountered previously pop up and I’m like “You look familiar.” I was driving to work today wondering how people get scammed by the same hustles over and over. I also was wondering how I continue to allow myself to endure disrespect, abuse and isolation. Unfortunately i did not motivate myself enough to remove myself from my current shit-uation but the idea that resurface is people want to feel exceptional.

Oh now I remember what sparked the idea. It was a song I was listening to on Youtube. In essence they guy was praying to God not to allow him to just be another nobody. I wondered, why would you not want to be like everyone else. In actuality you are almost identical to everyone else. Given the same geographic location, education, familial structure, and other environmental conditions you are almost the same as the other guy. That is why the kids in the upscale community have similar stats and they are different from the kids in poverty who have stats identical to other kids in poverty.

So why was this singer praying to God to make him exceptional? It is because we are social animals and we gain approval and validation from our peers and others. We need people to prop us up emotionally and psychologically.

I recently watched a nature documentary on a troop of monkeys in India. What it showed was the social hierarchy of the monkeys is deadly serious to the point where if you are of low social status you may starve to death. Just as we have a social order where crime and violence are shunned, the same translates to this and other groups pf primates. A monkey could simply grab the food from a higher ranking one but they do not. Their conformance to the social order causes them to starve to the point of death unless a higher ranking monkey authorities them to eat or adopts them and inducts them into the higher social class where they have access to the first share of food.

So the singer, a human, a so-called higher form of primate still lives by the primitive social constructs to which we all subscribe. The higher you are in status, the greater access you have to human resources. People who view you as deserving of special treatment, are invaluable. Soldiers fight and die based upon the imaginary social hierarchy that allows the commanding officer to order them to take that hill. A woman is able to extract resources from a man who works to wine, dine and gift her fine things, because he holds her of higher value than himself. In the case of a pimp, he is able to extract resources from a woman who most likely has suffered so much trauma she believes her social status to be very low.

We are social animals. All relationships are transnational. Therefore you can negotiate the profit margin in your transaction based upon your perceived social status in the troop. This to me explains the innate capacity for humans, especially myself to express Stockholm Syndrome, which people now call Trauma Bonding.

So now that we are aware of this, what is to be done? The benefit of a soicial order is the capacity to collaborate, but it is like the proverbial golden handcuffs which also debilitate.

 

Photo credit: Huxley, T. H. (1904). Science and education: Essays. JA Hill and company

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Downtime

In my last post, no, the one before that. I stated I’m getting out of playing with stocks. So far I have been able to stay clean for the past month. Trading is akin to gambling addiction.

In other news I saw a blurb of an article online stating that the old convention of having traders on the floor of one of the exchanges will be going away. I am surprised it didn’t go away sooner. The internet and technology has killed another set of jobs and we financed it. Soon enough with the development of what will be the next best thing to artificial intelligence we will all be out of a job. I stopped using automatic checkouts 2 years ago. If you replace low skill, low wage jobs with machines, what will the HS drop-outs have to do except lean on the system. Is that what we want? To replace people with machines, put them on public assistance and leave the burden of generating the money to a few? Smart people are stupid.

Reading an FT article today it appears the economy is not growing as much as it should be. People are not consuming as much as expected. Its in my opinion that the country is collectively emotionally depressed. In my opinion somewhat depressed people go out and buy food, drink, drugs or electronics to feel better. The severely depressed don’t leave their homes, they don’t go on dates, wash their cars, have dinner out, buy electronic gadgets,condoms, penicillin…. they don’t spend(if they have an income). The doom of the economic crisis, war, revolution, job security, government spying, erosion of civil liberties, celebrity deaths, everyday life and just plain bad news has sucked the mojo out of the people. We need some goos news, we need to get the peoples mojo going. YEAH BABY!! Unless this happens were going to see more angry depressed losers doing acts of violence to themselves and others. Get the low wage jobs back. Smash some of these computers. Give ore positive economic forecasts, and if you have nothing good to say shut up. Stop grabbing nuts at the airport so people can take trips and come here for vacation. Lets have some fun music like BeachBoys or bring back Disco. Get rid of sucky movies like Twilight, more movies like Airplane and Spaceballs. Cut out online dating and bring the hermits out of their houses and back into the economy. No more hermits, no more hermits, no more hermits……..

The house wins when good men fail to act

It’s an understatement but I am timid to enter the market considering the last few months have been a race to the bottom.
Recent events an knowledge prompt me to sink myself deeper in. TECUA is Tecumseh who makes air conditioner compressors. This week there is a heat wave expected and speculators appear to have known this since last week Friday June 15th. I neglected to mention that I have lost about 15% of my holdings of TECUA in the previous 3 weeks, but a heat wave suggests to me I will recover. If it lasts I may more than break even. I am definitely a gambling addict.
In other news a conservative government has been elected in Greece today. Greece should get its own reality show. Anyways NBG the National Bank of Greece had about a 90% jump between 6/14/2012 and 6/15/2012 in anticipation of election outcomes. On 6/13 it was about $1.19 at end of day 6/15 it was $1.89. I wanted to get out of my chair and kick myself, but thats how the cookie crumbles. It’s like you have a rare encounter with a lady where you meet as strangers have a great exciting conversation and then leave without getting her phone number. While were talking, I actually got that amazing woman’s number but I still blew it, now shes married with kids and I’m still kicking myself. Now I’m confuse…..oh yes! NBG and TECUH should be scooped up on Monday, if anything is left. Dump NBG on Wednesday and TECUH you can follow the following chart to determine the peak:http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/heat_index_MAX.shtml.

Somebody is going to make a load of money, but you have to be in it to win it. Get in the game. Alas, it is better to have loved and lost that have lost money.