Interesting Times, Complainers, and Your Future
The Chinese have a curse. It goes, "May you live in interesting times". I disagree with the Chinese however and do not see that a curse but a blessing. Interesting times bring opportunities. Anybody want to live in "Boring Times"? One day you wake up, 85 years old, bored out of your mind and longing for death. When someone walks up and asks, "Hey whats up?", you will mean it when you say "nuthin much!"
No, I think interesting times are great, but the focus has to be revised somewhat from what we have been seeing lately. Rather than, "Hey look at what those guys are going to do to us", the focus should be, "Hey, look at what that opens up for us over here". I suspect that Solomon lived in interesting times, as did many of the notables we hear about and read about. But they spent their time taking advantage of events rather than complaining about how those events would upset their boring and mundane lives.
Complaining? Yes, and not only do complainers never get anything done...specially about that which they complain about, but they are like a disease that all around them will be infected with. Notice how complainers tend to hang out with each other as they...complain? Are the complaints valid? Who cares...they need someone to listen how they just got sodomized by the system...or how Obama will do this to everyone...or how...
You get the idea. It is as if they have to dwell on what is wrong in order to be happy. Sometimes however, it a paralysis by analysis situation. So fixated on what is happening that they are transfixed into inaction. It is as if they so loved the previous paradigm that they cannot seem to let go of it and accept that things have changed...and that to prevail and succeed, they must adopt a new paradigm.
I see it quite often.
OMG...Hillary and Bernie
I look at the world as a tactician, and focus on what affects me. Back in the day when I was hunting men inside buildings the focus had to be crystal clear. There is no margin for error as your life can end in the blink of an eye. Thus all non-essential information, while it is taken in, is not fixed upon. Only the important elements that had a bearing on you successfully accomplishing your mission were considered for further evaluation.
Picture yourself in your armor, and an MP5 in hand, slowly moving down a hallway toward a door. You are sweating, and focused intently on what you are doing. Above you at 30,000 feet, a 747 goes by on the way to Japan...you hear the sound but it has nothing to do with you or your current mission. Someone honks their horn a few streets over...nothing to do with you. Your stomach sends a small hunger pang letting you know that it has been a long time since your last protein shake. Somewhat important and as soon as you shoot the bad guy in the face you will get something to eat. You hear a small metallic sound from the room. Now that is currently of great importance.
Life is the same way. Specially life in the USA...today.
Some guys are holding on to a paradigm that was either never real, or was dated from an era of long ago. They are shocked that the US President would abandon one of its ambassadors to a death at the hands of criminals. They are shocked that the same government eavesdrops on them, or that it carries out assassinations of political adversaries. They are astounded that so many of their own countrymen want to steal their wealth away from them. And we could go on.
That paradigm, the one where these things are shocking is an old paradigm...and it no longer applies. Its time for a new one boys. And it is time for a much more finely tuned OODA loop so that as things change, that paradigm will always be fresh and new. Here is a guide.
When we were about to breach a door, we always had a clear understanding of mission. Why are we here and what are we trying to do? So I ask you, why are you here and what are you trying to do?
If you answer that you are here to take back America and bring back the old paradigm, I would try to talk sense to you, and talk you out of such a Quixotic way to spend your days. I know...I know...the old paradigm was warm and fuzzy and it made you feel good and proud and all of that stuff. I know...but consider that to change things back to the old days, you will have to change people's minds. If you had the wealth of Buffett, Gates, and Soros combined, you might be able to do it in a generation. If you do not, then I would urge you to reconsider your life's works.
If your answer is to live well and make lots of money for your family, and all the usual things that a normal man on earth wants for himself whether he is from Anchorage or Mar De Plata, then I would tell you that you have a clear and obtainable mission, with a solid chance of success.
Then I would tell you to tighten your focus rings from "Great Things Of International Importance" to "Small things that affect you and yours". As you grow in wealth and influence, those small things will become bigger. For example, every morning I check Fox, CNN, and Drudge, among other news sources. Not so that I can say, "OMG", but so that I can manage my international business and adapt to any changes that may affect it.
I look at politics, and current events, and all of that with a shoulder shrug. I already did not trust any of those people, would never choose to work for them, know they try to snoop into everyone's lives and all of that jazz. But none of that has any influence on me moving down the hall toward the door where my target is.
Determining what bits of data are in fact important is where the art lies....and adapting to them without holding on to paradigms of the past is how you will attain your goal.
So keep that in mind gents...interesting times bring interesting opportunities.