Changing the world

I am fascinated by those spiritual guys who want to change the world.

They treat it like picking ice cream or pizza: more unity and love, less separation and limitations, more enlightenment, less ego and greed – like that 90s joke where a Zen master enters a pizza parlor and says “make me one with everything”.

I have two questions for them.

First, why do you think it hasn’t already been done, I mean, building a better world? The astral worlds contain everything on your wish list. Why do you think this one wasn’t built this way on purpose?

Second, why do you think you have the authority to change it?

Shameless plug

My son Mihael finally made a proper web page for his latest software project, the one he won the 3rd place in the national competition with. What’s actually more impressive is that the competition is for all four high school years, which means he competed against the 3rd and 4th year students, as the only 1st year student in the competition, and most of the projects were done by whole teams while he did this one himself.

He put it up on both Apple and Android stores, but making a paid version on the Android store was too complicated for some reason that I already forgot because it was months ago, so that one is free. The iOS version costs some money and is well worth it if you ask me, because I use it whenever I have to buy something that contains tiny e-codes on the label and I want to find out what kind of shit I’m about to eat. So yeah, buy it so that you don’t end up eating poison, and Mihael learns that writing software beats making YouTube videos about playing video games as a career path. 🙂

Metal

Gold is rising. Silver is rising faster. The comments by most experts assume it’s business as usual event in response to the sanction war between USA and China, and to some degree the negative-yield bonds and QE threat. They are not wrong, strictly speaking, because we haven’t seen anything yet. This is the equivalent of Bitcoin rising from $150 to $200. Technically speaking it’s rising, however…

Work

I like physics. It defines things simply and cuts through bullshit. For instance, it defines work (W) as F*s, where F is force and s is distance, meaning that work is using force to move shit around.

An example of work is me moving my desk a meter to the left. That is n units of work. If I then move it back to the starting position, that’s 2n units of work in total.

All kinds of people will tell you, until your ears bleed, how work is great, and it’s the only honest way of earning money.

The problem is, nobody pays anybody to work. People pay you to solve their problems.

The problems can be varied. If they are hungry, they will pay for food so that the problem of hunger goes away. If they are sick, they will pay for medical care so that the problem of sickness goes away. If they need to go places, they will pay for transportation. If they don’t want to go around naked, they will pay for clothes. If they want to pose in front of other people they will pay for the status symbols. If they have a company and there’s too much work for one person, they will hire someone to solve that problem. Always, there’s some problem someone has, and if there’s a proposed solution, and it’s acceptable, money will change hands. Sure, those solutions will require work, however work is not what you’re paid for. You’re paid to make the problem go away.

There’s a saying here in Croatia, that if work made one rich, a mule would be wealthy. A forklift or an excavator does lots of work, however this work is not highly valued, because people value solutions of their problems, and then the marketplace competes in offering those solutions, and if marketplace offers ten physical workers with shovels, or a backhoe with an operator, the people who need an underground pipe installed don’t care how it’s done, they just want it done cheaply, well and fast. They want the problem to go away. If the workers do the digging, they will think their work is what’s worth the money, but they are wrong. If they dug the same ditch somewhere else, not only would they not get the money, they might even get fined for digging holes where they’re not supposed to. So, the same work can be worthless, harmful or useful, depending on whether it solves or causes problems.

I watched some “malicious compliance” videos on YouTube, where employees take petty vengeance on their boss by complying with the exact wording and not the spirit of the request. Essentially, they do the work, but they don’t actively try to solve problems, and their work then invariably causes damage, which they can avoid being punished for because they literally complied with the request.

That’s something the “working class” doesn’t understand. They see how they work all day, and are paid x, and some rich person doesn’t appear to work nearly as much, and earns 10000 x. They see it as injustice. Sure, sometimes it is. Injustice exists. However, I watched a YouTube video of Peter Schiff going out to the “occupy Wall st.” street protest to answer any questions the protesters might have for the “1%” they seem to blame for everything. It becomes immediately obvious why he is a millionaire and they are all broke, and it also becomes obvious why that is perfectly fair. You see, people don’t “deserve” to have money because they exist, nor do they “deserve” to be paid because they work hard. The way people actually make money is by understanding what someone’s problem is, and offering to solve it for a fee. Yes, this might require working to mow someone’s lawn, but you’re not getting paid for work. Try finding a meadow in the middle of nowhere and mow it until you pass out, and see if anyone will pay you money for it. Work itself is not worth shit. Work that solves someone’s problem, however, has market value, but it’s not work that’s valuable. You can replace workers with robots, make work itself almost worthless, and the one solving the problem this way will actually make even more money.

The point where we come to injustice is Van Gogh, who died in poverty and desperation because nobody valued his work during his life, and his paintings are now among the highest valued works of art of all time.

Rumors

A birdie told me that Deutsche Bank took hold of 9M oz (around 280 metric tons) of silver in the last month or so.

My interpretation: they know what’s about to happen to the price of silver and they are trying to save themselves from the mess they are in due to their rotting fake paper assets. Basically, this gives additional weight to the hypothesis stating that gold is going up, and silver will rise until it reaches the material scarcity equilibrium with gold, around 1:9 ratio or something similar.

I’ve been buying silver like crazy for the past month. There are too many indicators for me to ignore them. Also, DB is in problems that are too acute for them to get into this as a matter of long-term strategy. They must expect something to happen quickly.