Thinking about the bitcoiners following their gurus, and thinking about the Google guy with his beloved AI, leads to a counterintuitive conclusion.
There are always lonely people who fall into cults, and there are always poor people who fall for gambling and lotteries.
A functional civilization should try to minimize those problems in two ways. You can’t make unwanted people popular, but you CAN make them useful and financially secure, and above all you CAN shape the culture to minimize FRUSTRATION.
In the 1930s, movies and radio made room for unpopular people. In the 1950s and 1960s a wide variety of solid useful jobs gave unpopular people meaning and utility.
Since 1968 we’ve been eliminating the jobs a man can do, and we’ve been MAXIMIZING frustration. Songs and ads and movies tell us that everyone can find love. This is a cruel prank.
What’s counterintuitive? Until now I’ve been assuming that only math freaks could achieve wealth by work. As part of our surrender to China, we emphasized math skills and destroyed physical skills.
The huge cult of bitcoin, which is simultaneously MLM and gambling, shows that math freaks are just as useless and poor as printers or tailors.
A better assumption: In every field of endeavor, only popular attractive superstars and monstrous demonic criminals can succeed. There is no area of life where honest work can lead to wealth and success.