Category Archives: Rants

The 99 Percent and the Occupy Movement

I live in Seattle, pretty close to downtown, and over the last couple of months I’ve had to endure the annoying as hell Occupy protesters on a regular basis. The more I see them, in-person and on TV, the more I think to myself “these people have no clue how to improve their lives.”

If the people involved in the occupy protests spent half of that effort on trying to get a job (or even better, creating their own jobs), they wouldn’t have anything to complain about. The 1% didn’t become the 1% by sitting around complaining about how unfair life happens to be (well, some might have, but most did not.) They busted their asses to get there. Continue reading The 99 Percent and the Occupy Movement

Cash or Check – No Cards

I went to Seattle Pie Company today to buy a pie. I love their pie. But when I went to pay, I was greeted with “Sorry, we only accept cash or check.” WTF? I replied with “since when?”, and was told 2 days ago. Well, so sorry, but I don’t carry cash. Ever. And I don’t use checks, because the information contained on a check is enough to go online and drain an account.

As a business owner, how stupid can you be? If times are tough, do you really think you’re going to do MORE business by saying no to paying customers over a tiny fee? You are mistaken. The reality is you’ll just be going out of business sooner, rather than later. Continue reading Cash or Check – No Cards

Freedom and Wealth

This isn’t the first time I’ve blogged about freedom and free agency, and I seriously doubt it will be the last, but I believe quite strongly in the principle and spend a good amount of time pondering it and things related to it.

On that note, I was thinking about agency the other day, and about whether or not we really have agency, and to what degree we are truly free…and I came to a realization:

Without wealth, it is impossible to ever be truly free

Now there may be exceptions to this statement, depending on the desires of the individual, but I would say for the majority of humanity it is a fairly accurate observation.

How so? Well, think of it this way. The world is full of many incredible things; homes, cars, clothes, gadgets, places to see, things to eat, people to meet, things to do. The vast, vast majority of these things cost money, and some of them require a tremendous amount of money.

Therefore, if someone desires to have a nice home and an exotic car in the garage, or to take a trip to Paris and a tour of the best restaurants there, or even to take a year or two to travel the world helping people to leverage technology to improve their quality of life…well, they can’t simply exercise their agency and poof, have or do what they want. In fact, no matter what they do, they may never be able to have that thing or experience that they really want.

Therefore, the use of agency is limited by one’s financial means

I would postulate that to truly be free requires that one be able to go anywhere, at almost any time, and do or buy almost anything. Again, this definition is going to vary depending on the desires of the individual, but it is technically correct. If you can’t do that, then there are limitations on the use of your agency, restrictions, boundaries. In effect, a lack of wealth leaves one in a state of bondage, a form of imprisonment. Alas, happiness and imprisonment rarely if ever go hand in hand.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that money buys happiness, but it absolutely buys freedom. If you view money as the means to an end that it is, and have a clear idea of how you want to use that freedom, then it would be incredibly difficult to be truly free and not also truly happy.

My 2 cents, for what it’s worth. Thoughts? Comments?