Assisted by the Kirn discussion, I connected two longtime themes.
1. Exponential vs tanh. Life doesn’t go exponential. Every individual, or company, or community, rises to a ceiling or plateau and stays there. Individuals die, but companies and organizations don’t necessarily die. Many have lasted for hundreds or thousands or years, by steady satisfaction with a steady source of profit.
If you know where your particular ceiling or plateau is, you can be satisfied after you get onto the plateau.
2. Meritocracy tells us that we don’t have a plateau, and ESPECIALLY tells us that we don’t have our OWN plateaus. Everyone is required to strive for an EXP growth to the same INFINITE and thus IMPOSSIBLE goal.
Everyone can be Bezos if we work hard enough. THIS IS A CRUEL VICIOUS SADISTIC PRANK, DESIGNED TO RUIN AND KILL PEOPLE.
The plateau links meritocracy and EXP. Fake economies and fake life trajectories require the same lie about endless universal growth without plateaus.
The fake economy in most countries couldn’t exist if we were thinking in plateau form. We would understand that perpetual accelerating growth is DEADLY, not HEALTHY. We wouldn’t be suckered by abstract exponential growth, whether in the old-fashioned stock market or the new bitcoin market.
Sharia economics understands plateaus. A company or laborer adds a finite amount of value by working. Every person and every company has a distinct role, based on abilities and opportunities. Our task is to reach our distinct plateau and maintain it, creating enough excess value to overcome friction and ideally store some value and energy against future bad times.
The worst part of fake growth is that it consumes all the energy and money and work that SHOULD be devoted to real steady maintenance. We’ve lost our factories and farms and stores, and above all we’ve DEVALUED AND TRASHED the people who worked in those factories and farms and stores.
All individual talents are totally wasted as everyone rushes to grab the next meaningless number. Every rush enriches Bezos and kills ordinary people.
Another name for plateaus is purposes.
Reprinting from last year:
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France learned a major lesson from the 1789 revolution. After the EXTREME dose of Innovative Disruption in every aspect of life, the French became the world’s best PRESERVERS. They tried to maintain everyday objects and skills instead of discarding them. The tendency was still strong in the 1970s; I don’t know if it’s still strong now. Unions are certainly strong.
Wars and revolutions and depressions often induce this healthy immune response. America was in skill-preservation mode after the 1930s depression, thanks to FDR’s emphasis on work and training and unions. We remained in skill-estate mode until the ’70s when Nixon, then Reagan, then Clinton, cumulatively removed ALL the supporting framework and shipped ALL skills overseas.
There’s already some indication that the current holocaust is inducing a healthy PRESERVATION impulse for money. Wolfstreet noted a decrease in credit card usage and increase in savings. Bloomberg sees “a new austerity, expressed through pantry stockpiling and delayed big-ticket purchases.”
We also need to follow the French model of frugality in skills and knowledge. The long-term goal of globalism is to eliminate all skills and knowledge, and the current holocaust is an EXTREME FINAL step in this process. Jobs requiring skill are “non-essential”, and all knowledge of science and logic and truth has been precisely and diametrically inverted and garbled and deleted.
We’ve got a partial start through Emerson justice. Public schools and major colleges have voluntarily committed suicide “because virus”, thus eliminating the main purveyors of ANTI-SKILL education. The field is open for smart operators like DeVry. Will they step up and take advantage?
Probably not. We don’t have FDR or Harding at the top to break the litigation and regulation obstacles. Instead we have Trump, Deepstate’s most loyal and perfect servant. FDR locked down the banks to enrich the real economy. Trump locked down the real economy to enrich the banks.
The overriding perpetual purpose of the ‘enlightenment’, from 1776 to 1793 to now, is to obliterate PURPOSE from life. The focus on “rights” instead of duties started the breakdown. The focus on finance and abstraction instead of industry finished it.
Natural Law in its varied forms, whether the Sharia rules or the Soviet Constitution or FDR’s four freedoms, always starts with PURPOSE AND WORK. Every aspect of the economy and culture is shaped to preserve PURPOSE for ordinary people. The ‘enlightenment’ starts with “rights” and “freedom”, which means that psychopaths are free to dominate culture and economy, free to eliminate all PURPOSE from ordinary workers and families. The sole PURPOSE of a psychopath is to obliterate PURPOSE.
LIFE IS PURPOSE.
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