Lesson nineteen – Worthlessness

Being poor you are the disenfranchised. And it’s not just your income that makes you this way. It’s the place you live in, the people you live with, and everything about your situation in life. Rich people are incredibly important. Their lives and deaths affect the world around them. They do you can’t deny it. They have people working for them and people they’re stealing from, and a huge web of interaction with the world around them. You don’t. You have some debt that you owe creditors.

Poor people contribute nothing to society. Sometimes athletes and the intelligent ones (if they’re not killed by an oppressive culture of destroying threats) will rise above and leave. But then of course they’ve left. No one in poor communities contributes anything to anything. If you die someone else just takes your job and is miserable in it for little pay just like you were.

Because of this logical evaluation of people’s worth and the poor being of no value the poor consider themselves and each other to have no value. People can run around in the streets shooting the crap out of each other over minor insults and small sums of money and no one really cares. The killers don’t care, the dead don’t care, the bystanders don’t care. Everyone is just forgotten.

Put yourself in the place of a wealthy young man in a wealthy neighborhood with the mindset of a street thug. He sits on the side of the street in front of a friends house with a, lets say expensive because hes rich, gun on top of the wheel of his car selling…I guess pain killers and psych meds. They’re expensive. That’s not really logical. Why would he undertake so much risk to make relatively small amounts of money. Coming from a wealthy family in a wealthy neighborhood he literally stands to make as much money as his talent and imagination and hard work will make him. If he tried, he’d make good money. If he didn’t try he’d probably get by just fine.

The rest of us, the poor people, see people on the sidewalk selling drugs. Gun nearby, making small amounts of cash, taking a HUGE risk of their personal safety and freedom from jail or prison. You see it everywhere. And it’s not because it pays so well. It pays crap. And it always results in being robbed, shot, killed, put in prison, etc. But in reality that risk is mitigated by their world. They actually don’t have much to lose. Being robbed just means you start back where you did at the beginning of the day. Being killed changes nothing. Being put in prison is no lesser a quality of life.

It’s easy to accept that you’re a loser in a loser world and it will never change. You know you’re a loser and everyone else does but they’re losers too. And then go out and do anything because you have nothing to lose. You can’t be qualitatively more of a loser. A loser is a loser. You cant be a huge loser or a little bit of a loser. You either get what you want and have a good quality of life or you struggle and then die.

In the natural world everything is a loser. Everything gets killed or eaten or dies young. It’s only us humans that have some people who rise above that. In the natural world the apex predators still attack and destroy each other. Humans do too. But they don’t use claws and teeth they try to get more wealth. Which typically doesn’t destroy your peers. It just sets them back a minute while they rob someone else.

There is no getting out of being a loser without hard work. Even with it you probably will fail.

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