Working Articles

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Top Fifteen:

An Exact Match, An Odd Coincidence And A Counter-Intuitive Struggle [link]
A Single Voluntary Choice [link]
Do We Grieve Accurately? [link]
Exchanging Energy With Adapters [link]

Four Kinds of Problems [link]
Incremental Changes in Fat and Work [95 – needs graphics] [admin only: link_UA]
Joining the Army vs Intoxication [95] [link]
Someone Believes In You [link]

The Action Of Shame on Visible and Invisible Structures [link]
The Average Person Is Wrong [link]
The Incremental End of Manager Dependence [link]
The Missing Tool Distortion [link]

The Paradox of Restricted Opportunity [40] [link]
The Self-Pity Machine [link]
The Spell of the Imaginary Leader [link]
Two Kinds of Acceleration [link]

When Freedom is Worse than Useless [link]
You Get What You Pay For [95] [link]

Full List:

Ability And Desire: Comparing Sex And Work [link]
A Chain of Opposing Explanations / TVSP [link]
After the Breakup [link]

An Exact Match, An Odd Coincidence And A Counter-Intuitive Struggle [link]
A New Kind of Mortgage [link]
A Single Voluntary Choice [link]

A Tool To Self-Diagnose Adversarial Manager Dependence [link]
Absurdity And The Charity Time-Machine [link]
Can A Nagging Wife Perform A Useful Role? [link]
Can Honoring a Veteran Inadvertently Accelerate his Descent into Homelessness? [link]

Dependency: Healthy & Unhealthy [link]
Do We Grieve Accurately? [link]
Does Everyone Love Their Children Equally? [link]
Does It Always Make Sense To Honor Veterans? [link]

Economic Brainwashing And Disability [link]
Education Vs Certification [link]

Exchanging Energy With Adapters [link]
Extreme Irresponsibility [link]
Four Kinds of Desire [80] [link]
Four Kinds of Problems [link]
Fun And Easy Versus Boring And Difficult [link]

Good Versus Evil In Five Ratios [link]
Google Glass And The Breathalyzer [link]
Greed And Sloth As Sins Of Ommission [link]

Heroin: Action Versus Inaction [link]
Hopelessness By Sloth Or Reason [link]

How Much Do You Know? [link]
How Much Torture Would It Take?  [link]
How Technology Will Zero Out The Cost Of Labor [link]

Is Opportunity Relative or Absolute? [link]
I Will Pay You To Study [link]
Joining the Army vs Intoxication [95] [link]
Knowledge And Anti-Knowledge [link]

Mission: RSE on the BCZ  [link]
Multiple, Difficult To Measure Causes [link]
No One is Wrong, Right? [95] [link]
Obey The Boss-Man Mode [link]

One, Two, Three, Infinity [link]
Opportunity vs the Perception of Opportunity [link]
Our Beliefs Do the Heavy Lifting [link]
Problems, Variations, Impasses and Fellowship [link]

Psychologically Predisposed By Nature Or By Injury? [link]
Rateable and Non-Rateable Handicaps [link]

Safety Vs Freedom [link]
Self-control, Self-hatred, Self-Mutilation And Narrow Demensia [link]
Self-Segregation by Invisible Structures [link]

Sloth Among the Wealthy [link]
Someone Believes In You [link]
Stable States of Self Exertion [link]

The Ability to Resist Believing [link]
The Action Of Shame on Visible and Invisible Structures [link]
The Average Person Is Wrong [link]

The Hidden Tax [link]
The Incremental End of Manager Dependence [link]
The Inescapability of Choice [link]

The Libertarian Island [link]
The Missing Tool Distortion [link]
The Opportunity Industry Versus The Excuse Industry [link]
The Optimal Path [link]
The People We Honor [link]

The Role of Management in the Value Creation Process [link]
The Self-Pity Machine [link]
The Spell of the Imaginary Leader [link]
The Work Ideal [link]
There is No Such Thing As A Stupid Question [link]

Things I Memorized [link]
This Town Is Boring [link]
Three Examples of Adversarial Manager Dependence [link]

Three Profiles and One Meta-Responsibility [link]
Three Questions of Due Diligence [link]

Three States of Effort [link]
Two Kinds of Acceleration [link]
Two Kinds of Doctor Shopping [link]
Two Kinds of Immaturity [link]
Two Kinds of Investment [link]

Two Kinds of Slavery [link]
Unfair Business Practises [link]
Virtue, Vice, Wealth & Poverty [link]
What is an Upside Down Charity? [link]
What is a Self-Inflating Bottleneck? [link]

What is Ennui?  [link]
What is Bravery?  [link]
What is Charity Fatigue? [link]
What is Perception? [link]
What Is The End Game?  [link]
What is YPPL? [link]
When Behavioral Sickness Exceeds a Certain Population Threshold [link]

When Does It Make Sense To Stop Learning? [link]
When Freedom is Worse than Useless [link]
When Telling a Lie Becomes the Truth [link]

Who Is Really Working Here? [link]
Why Is Corporal Punishment Illegal? [link]
Why is Voluntary Slavery Illegal? [link]
Why Isn’t Everyone Rich?  [link]

Why Do People Who Use Drugs Become Poor? [link]
You Can Have A Truly Happy Life [link]
You Get What You Pay For [95] [link]

Un-Summarized Articles:

Conversion Of The Payoff Horizon [link]
Discovering an Epidemic [link_UA]
Do Belief Based Illnesses Exist? [link_UA]
Good Medicine Tastes Bad [link_UA]
Incremental Changes in Fat and Work [link_UA]
Is America The Land Of Opportunity? [link]

Is Everyone Equally Worthy Of Freedom? [link_UA]
Nine Kinds Of People At The Gym [link]
Reasonable Self-Exertion [link]

The Paradox of Restricted Opportunity [link]
What Causes Poverty In America? [link]
What is Comorbidity? [link]

What is Learned Helplessness? [link]
Who Is Responsible For Protecting My Mind? [link]
Working, Selling And Learning [link]

More:

Ideas [link]
In Progress [link]
Personal Story One [link]

76 Responses to Working Articles

  1. Anonymous says:

    When Telling a Lie Becomes Telling the Truth

    Regarding the Discovery page and the Belief Assessment Interview: I would be willing to lie for the money but, ironically, in this case, I don’t have to lie. In other words the act of telling the truth – by saying that: “I have of mind-based habit of low self exertion” – really is the truth. It is the truth that I would have been willing to lie about! And that self-observation creates a kind of Brechtian awakening. It’s a strange feeling.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is Slavery our Evolutionary Heritage?

    Society historically pulls people along who don’t carry their weight. Regarding being a self-starter – all individual animals must be self-starters but that is something that is selected against in a social system due to the fact that society pulls everyone along. Hence there is a strong sense in which slavery is a product of human of evolution because as individual animals we were all self-starters but once we started living in a society we failed to be self-starters. It therefore makes sense that we allowed other people to do our thinking / directing for us – and those people became the masters.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow – it’s like Defacto Slavery

    • PAL says:

      Two Kinds of Slavery

      What is slavery? It is forced labor, right? Not exactly. Because the force is not actually producing labor, rather, it is the promise of the removal of forced torment in exchange for labor.

      But isn’t that what is normally happening anyway at a normal job? The only difference is that, in one case, the forced pain is artificially inserted by a person (the task master) versus, in the case of a regular job, it is naturally inserted by the worker’s own instincts when they encounter (or fear to encounter) the boundaries of their financial resources. So, in this second sense, the implicit task master is the person’s own fear of hunger, poverty and homelessness that drives them to labor. We could call these two states: Master-Slavery (MS) versus Natural-Slavery (NS).

      Differences Between Master-Slavery and Natural-Slavery

      Another difference is that the force of NS ends when the individual self-perceives that their needs have been met. Alternatively, the force of MS only ends when the master decides to end it.

      Another important difference has to do with the person who makes the decision as to how, exactly, they will address the threat of force that is driving them to work. In NS, the individual makes their own decision as to the specific type of forced labor that they will engage in. In MS, the task master makes the decision as to the specific type of labor that needs to be done in order to eliminate the threat.

      Following this thinking, when someone talks about being a “Wage-Slave” there is a very real sense in which they are, actually, a real slave. At it’s core, this is NS slavery, but, in practice, it works out to be something very similar to MS slavery because, in a normal job setting, a person implicitly allows themselves to be mind-directed by their boss.

      Mind-Direction in Natural Slavery

      Consider the case of your own mind (which may not be very efficient at addresses the actual underlying instinct-caused forced pain condition) versus a task-master’s mind (which is probably significantly more efficient at addressing the underlying forced pain condition.) This happens because the boss is an expert at converting effort into cash, while the self-directed worker is probably very non-expert at making the same conversion. Because of this, most people opt for Mind-Direction (i.e, a 9-5 job) in order to meet their needs (i.e., eliminate the threat of the forced pain of poverty) of their Natural Slavery condition.

      Hence, the voluntary choice to work for someone else is driven by a person’s self-perceived estimate of their own ability (using their own decision efforts) to efficiently convert their efforts into cash. Alternatively, everyone could always just insist on working for themselves. But, if you have observed about yourself that your historical efficiency at self-directed conversion of effort into cash falls below a certain threshold, then it seems as though there is only one choice left – i.e., working for someone else. We could call this the Self-Mind’s Efficient Conversion Threshold (SECT).

      Hence, for most people, the only real self-direction decision-making that occurs is in locating and agreeing to enter into a MS relationship with an employer. We call this “finding a job”.

      Artificial Force in Master-Slavery Relationships

      The artificial force is the threat of being fired and thus, by default, being sent back to the discouragement, fear and despair of the SECT. Hence, a worker agrees to perform the tasks indicated by the bosses’s mind-direction. In this sense, we can see how the fear of being fired inserts a new instinct into the worker’s mind – complete with its own special kind of forced pain.

      Isn’t that odd to talk about inserting a “new instinct?” It may seem strange, but it is actually very common. For example, it happens when a person becomes addicted to a drug. The addiction inserts itself into the mind of the victim as a new instinct, i.e., the instinct to continue to obtain and use the drug. There are probably many other analogous cases of inserting a new instinct into a person’s mind.

      The General Argument for Self-Mind Versus Master-Mind

      Thus, if your SECT is actually as low as you, yourself perceive it to be, then why stop in your voluntary decision to enter a MS relationship only in the case of effort-to-cash conversion? In other words, there are, quite possibly, many other areas of your life in which you have observed a long history of low-efficiency in your self-directed efforts to convert your self-energy into a resolution of your instinctual desires.

      Thus, we see the rational for long-term, reasonable self-exertion MS. It all boils down to a matter of self-perceived efficiency.

      • PAL says:

        FIX: They are not forcing you to labor, they are forcing you to suffer or to fear suffering. So, really, this article should be renamed as: Two Kinds of Suffering.

  3. Anonymous says:

    APE – there are only 1000 or fewer peaks of the Moutan of truth – bcz of the limitations of variations in commonly held beliefs that people with a given set (up to the set of all humans) are currently willing to argue over. Bcz most ppl do. It have their own “God” and their own political philosophy, etc.

  4. PAL says:

    Who Is Really Working Here?

    Think of a two-sided engine. The sides alternate in their energy output. There is a small difference between the two sides which is extracted to drive the vehicle. The two sides trade energy back and forth. They represent employer and employee. The point is that the employee could be putting out the same amount of energy every day (in learning, networking, volunteering, self-work) even without he employer-employee engine trading energy back and forth. But only 10% of employees will do the equal amount of work if they get fired (in which case the employer is doing no work – i.e., the two-sided engine has stopped.

    So, in a very real sense, the employee is not doing the work. It is the employer (Walmart) that is doing the work – by having the faith to initiate the engine and to keep it running by providing all of the necessary infrastructure.

    Maybe two things … Walmart is working and your hunger is working … but you, yourself are not working. The real you is not working. Isn’t that accurate in some sense?

  5. PAL says:

    Do We Grieve Accurately?

    The Self-Selected Self-Genocide of Inaction
    The Lost Works of TMS – Volumes 1-35

    Nicely bound in thick leather with gold leaf and red page marker ribbons – each marked with a year – 1975, 1976, 1977 … 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 … And 2016 separately standing – since it is unknown if it will be lost or not. All on a nice bookshelf in my living room. To taunt me? Or does it serve as a reasonable reminder?

    To introduce the idea of a self-selected genocide of inaction. Those books (representing all the creative works that I have lost over the years due to lack of RSE) must forever remain blank. How about just one large book for every 3-7 years? 1,000 blank pages – with a preface? The value of grieving. So it would be of a more manageable size. And it should probably be right behind my desk – so I can always see it when I am working (or just sitting and dilly-dallying) at my desk. A memorial to my self-chosen daily suicide of creativity.

    And a smaller folder to represent memorization pages ala TIM? One typewritten page per month? 12 * 30 = 360 in 30 years … ugg … talk about grieving … Probably more like twice that too …

    Do Memorials To Victims of Genocide Serve an Accurate Purpose?

    Imagine for a moment any one of the hundreds (or thousands) of memorials that have been built to remember the victims of genocide. What if we had a way of knowing that the victims of the genocide were just going to waste their lives anyway? Then, should that notion be factored into the construction of the memorial? For example, imagine a tour guide explaining the meaning of the stones that made up the memorial. They might say:

    These 60 stones represent the 60,000 people who were killed in the genocide. And these 80 smaller stones over here represent the projections of our best social scientists – which is that 80 percent of the victims of the genocide (had they not been killed) were just going to fritter their lives away in meaningless pursuits anyway. So … we thought that we ought to include that part too because, otherwise we would be honoring the dead more than they actually deserved …

    Usually, when genocide (or suicide) victims are remembered, they are eulogized in terms of their good qualities and the fullness of life that they lost out on. But is that really fair – both to the deceased and to those on-the-fence about suicide who we are trying to save? For example, if you live a long and healthy life, but you only develop a tiny smattering of your potential, then shouldn’t that be factored into your eulogy?

    Maybe this is the bracing tonic that will finally cure my sloth?

    • PAL says:

      Maybe this should be titled:

      Two Kinds of Memorial Stones

      So, the other-inflicted genocide would have a stone, and the self-inflicted genocide would have its own stone.

      Which stone would be bigger? That might be hard to say. What should the proportional sizes be?

  6. PAL says:

    Things I Memorized

    Everyone needs this kind of plan – this is the DB from Studio, Protocol, Database & Wasteland

    Periodic Table, Chemistry-10
    Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, DiffEq, Linear Algebra, Statistics
    Spanish, English, Mandarin
    EMT-40
    Moved
    Dance Moves
    People

  7. Anonymous says:

    How Much Do You Know?

    Imagine if you were to write down everything u know – it would be a lot. 1000+ type written pages? But most of it would just be the trivial day-to-day stories of your life and personal experiences.

    Now think about just the portion that would describe your technical knowledge – in other words “know how” to solve problems that would be useful in a work setting. For most people this would be just a few pages – if that.

    A Tremendous Ability

    So this proves that most people have a tremendous ability to learn in terms of telling stories. But seemingly a very poor ability to learn otherwise.

    Alternatively, is it that the average Joe really does have a poor ability to learn useful stuff? Or is it just that the social bar of acceptable learning behavior is set at a ridiculously low level when it comes to what is expected of us in terms of learning useful knowledge?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The Work Ideal

    2 hours writing for pal
    1 hour 138
    3 hours SDP
    2 hours reading / studying

    AAM or Dance or Society
    3 phone calls
    Art
    AP

    To demonstrate to myself that I suffer from MD – specifically AMD

  9. PAL says:

    A More Tolerable Accountability Partner

    Because we both have the same problem. So there is less of a sense of shame in admitting to it to one another. Alternatively, admitting to laziness when talking with a non-lazy person might be more shameful?

  10. PAL says:

    Someone Believes In You

    Administrator Update at: [link] -> Google Docs.

    There are many different kinds of work that an individual will need to perform in order to reasonably develop their potential and become successful in a career. Unfortunately, only certain types of transferable work can be reliably monetized in an employer/employee relationship. Non-transferable work, on the other hand, cannot be monetized due to technical problems and restrictions in our legal environment.

    This inability to monetize certain types of labor is unfortunate for two reasons: First, most people find it very difficult to work on a project unless they are being paid for their efforts on a predictable and near-term schedule. Secondly, non-transferable work is the most fruitful kind of labor that a person can do in terms of long-term income growth.

    This article discusses a hypothetical workaround that would enable an employer to monetize an employee’s non-transferable work. Hopefully, by studying this hypothetical workaround, we will be able to gain some practical insights that can help workers to push through the self-created barriers that keep them from taking advantage of the long-term benefits which are offered by non-transferable labor.

    • Anonymous says:

      When Freedom is Worse than Useless

      What percentage of ppl wld voluntarily sell themselves into RSE-modifies slavery – if it were legal to do so? I suspect it would be a around 70% of the population.

      That is actually a profound observation. It shows that, while ppl do value freedom, on the other hand they recognize that, in many cases of critical responsibilities, that their freedom is worse than useless. And perhaps that explains why ppl who really *do* sell themselves into slavery often do so for only fractions of pennies on the dollar.

      This question focuses on “slavery” – which is a type of “work” that controls your entire day. But the same could be also said for the day-to-day 8-10 hours of limited slavery which is how people often view their jobs. The point is that, so long as the individual believes that the transaction of cash (in exchange for his time and effort and focus) is going to be efficient (i.e., “high-paying”), then people tend to take the job.

      • Dinner Party says:

        PROFOUND QUESTION

        Why do we allow ourselves to work for a boss it’s because we know that what they’re asking us to do is reasonable and safe and we will derive a profit from it. Plus we always know that we can quit in case the boss suddenly becomes unreasonable. So it is safe to enter a contract of labor because you know that you won’t be abused.

        Let’s suppose there were a way that you would guarantee that a boss would never ever abuse you even if he had the opportunity to sell and the upshot was that you would agree to work for him forever knowing that he would never ever abuse you would take a job like that? The nice thing about a job like that is that the boss could pay you to develop yourself rather than to develop something that you were going to transfer to him. And that active self development is where the real value increase or leverage for value increase occurs in a person’s career. So there would be a happy result in that the boss could rationally pay you a lot more right off the bat. So would you take the job?

        Perhaps an earlier question is what is the ratio of value increase that can be created by developing yourself – your mind, your skills, your education – versus the value that can be created by just manual labor? Probably the most sensible way to present that question would be to say if you want to have a payoff Verizon that is one year out five years out 10 years out 20 years out what is the sensible investment in education at this point in your life? So really the answer would be given in a graph of earnings relative to effort in various fields education versus working in the graph would be a statistical truth.

        • Dinner Party says:

          Re: “An earlier question”: That was outrageous – about the ratio of value creation that can be obtained through manual labor versus value creation that can be obtained through self development followed by manual labor! Each has a different pay off horizon, though.

      • Anonymous says:

        Drastically Reducing Efficiency in Favor of Increased Stability

        Re historic slavery – it was always for TP – and almost never for NTP. That was because, from the perspective of the master, slaves which built mental structures became more willing to rebel against their state of slavery. Hence, even though it resulted in a drastic reduction in efficiency, the slave owners always veered away from ordering their slaves to produce NTP – simply because it was the only way to keep the relationship stable!

      • Dinner Party says:

        When Freedom Is Worse Than Useless – ironically, we have freedom to spend a lot of time money and effort in an attempt to become a self-starter. For example by using a therapeutic psychologist or counselor. But that usually does not work very well. And in fact it’s so expensive and inefficient that most people just give up on it. However we do not have freedom to apply the very easy and inexpensive work round of giving up our freedom (as in the case of joining the army) in order to achieve a specific desired outcome of RSE forced labor. For example: limiting one’s food intake in order to achieve a weight-loss goal, or enforcing an exercise regime, or enforcing an early to bed early to rise regime.

  11. PAL says:

    Can A Nagging Wife Perform A Useful Role?

    The old saying is that: “Behind every great man there is a great woman.” This article examines the case of a husband who, by his nature, is only capable of self-exertion when there is a near-term incentive driving him forward. Such a person will have a considerable career handicap (in the long-term) because there are many high-skilled, high-paying jobs which can only be reached after a significant investment of time and energy has been made in training.

    This is where a (reasonably) encouraging/nagging wife might come in handy. She may be better able to form the connection in her mind between the high value (to her and to her family) of her husband’s future career as a highly-skilled worker versus the low cost (to her) of the present-moment discomforts that her husband will necessarily need to experience as he continues his studies and practical efforts to learn a skilled trade.

    The adaptive relationship occurs when the Manager / Employee relationship has sufficient balance to achieve a stable Symbiotic Manager Dependence.

    Link to article for administrator: [link]

  12. PAL says:

    Knowledge And Anti-Knowledge

    Normally, we think of “learning” as something that happens when a person sits at their desk (with a furrowed brow) on the night before the big test.  But in reality we are always learning.

    This article makes the claim that people sometimes become poor because they choose to direct their learning powers towards fields-of-study which leave them with little or no career-useful knowledge.   We refer to this career-useless learning as “Anti-Knowledge”, and career-useful learning as “Knowledge.”

    In the physical realm, we know that junk food tastes good, but it tends to diminish an individual’s appetite for healthy food and it leaves the person weak and malnourished. Similarly, the act of consuming Anti-Knowledge is mentally pleasant (and addicting), but it leaves the individual with both a poorer appetite for Knowledge and also a weakened and malnourished mind.

    We consider specific examples and then conclude by discussing concrete steps that a person can take in order to reach a healthy balance between their consumption of Knowledge and Anti-Knowledge.

    Link to article for administrator: [link]

  13. PAL says:

    Fun And Easy Versus Boring And Difficult

    Everyone wants to believe that they have a good work ethic.  But, do people sometimes try to convince themselves that they have a good work ethic when, in reality, they are only willing to self-exert in the relatively fun and easy areas of life?

    This article examines the claim that Financial Neediness is sometimes a long-term result of a person having a preference for Fun And Easy (FAE) activities while, at the same time, avoiding other activities which are relatively Boring And Difficult (BAD). We also consider how the FAE vs BAD decision process can be impacted when an individual has a habit of Low Self-Exertion vs a habit of Reasonable Self-Exertion.

    Link to article for administrator: [link]

  14. PAL says:

    Exchanging Energy With Adapters

    Do highly paid workers exert themselves more than lower paid workers do?  No – in fact, in general, it seems to be just the opposite. It seems to be that the more that a job requires physical exertion, the lower the salary. This is a frustrating and (seemingly) unfair aspect of the work world.   We could call that the Exertion Paradox.

    The obvious explanation of the Exertion Paradox is that people who have more education tend to earn more money.  Their education enables them to perform specialized tasks that non-educated people cannot complete.

    The purpose of the article is to challenge people who are currently at the low-paying end of the Exertion Paradox to consider what educational steps they could reasonably take which would enable them to find better jobs.  By increasing one’s skill-sets, a person becomes able to exert himself in ways which are more economically efficient.

    Link to article for administrator: [link]

    • PAL says:

      GRAPHIC:

      Adapter Connection Node = a group of NTPs which, when taken together, significantly increase the probability of being able to make an Efficient TE Connection. (Where an E-TE-C means a pleasant, challenging, high-paying job.)

  15. PAL says:

    Ability And Desire: Comparing Sex And Work

    People who have a so-called “good work ethic” naturally find work to be pleasant and satisfying.  Alternatively, people who do not have a good work ethic may recognize that they need to work in order to live – but they usually find work to be boring and menial.  It may be hard for them to stay on task when there is an unpleasant adult-level responsibility that needs to be addressed.

    This article examines a series of intriguing similarities between a healthy work ethic and a healthy sex drive.   Do these similarities suggest some important keys that should be included in our perception of the concept of healthy work ethic? Furthermore, do these similarities suggest that a bad work ethic should be treated as a type of illness – in the same way that a poor sex drive is considered to be a type of illness?

    Link to article for administrator: [link]

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is Going To Hurt

    That is the thing to tell a person before they agree to be an AP. The tendency is to shoot the messenger. But if you know ahead of time that that is going to happen, then it will probably be easier to head off when it arises.

    • Anonymous says:

      Three Kinds Of Pain

      1 the pain of doing the work and staying on track when you are MD
      2 the pain of not doing the work. There is the present shame and then the long term shame
      3 the pain of working under management. It hurts and it is counter-intuitive, but stuff gets done

  17. Anonymous says:

    Why do Squirrels Gather Nuts?

    Bcz if they did not then they would starve. So the point is that our instincts drive us to activity which is self-sustaining, but in a social society that is not necessarily the case. Because if your instincts fail for self sustenance the other members of the group will carry you along.

  18. PAL says:

    Is It Possible To Buy Happiness?

    Yes. Statistically speaking it is. But the coin that you must pay is your freedom. That is why SBIY is a story about becoming happy. Slavery is Freedom. But our legal system makes it impossible to use the coin of freedom to buy the pinnical of happiness.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Using Charity as an Antidote to Charity

    The PAL concept of reversing the sense of charity could probably be applied in many different areas. What are the core tools and techniques? Using charity to identify charity as a sickness.

  20. PAL says:

    Adversarial Manager Dependence in the Land of Opportunity

    There are certain kinds of mental problems that cannot be fixed by pills. For example pride.

    You are here. You want to be over there. Over there is your goal, your dream in life. You rightly believe that you would be much happier if you could just get over there.

    And you can see that all of the steps between here and there are completely do-able. You would only need to apply reasonable self-exertion to complete the task of each step.

    But you don’t do it. And you have observed this about yourself over and over for ten-plus years. So you hate yourself for it.

    Everyone is a Self-Starter … Right?

    Self-starters can do the work. You tell yourself that you are a self-starter, but you cannot keep yourself focused on the boring-ness of the task. So, after a short while of making an effort, you give up. So are you really a self-starter? No, you are not really a self-starter.

    Everyone is a self-starter, right? No, not everyone is a self-starter. You are not a self-starter.

    You are manager dependent. You can certainly do the task, but you will only be able to do it when someone else is leading you along – like a donkey who only moves when someone holds a carrot out in front of him.

    So why not just hire someone to hold the carrot out in front of you? Because it is expensive? Not really. Actually many people would even do it for free just to help you. The real reason is that it is demeaning.

    It Is Demeaning

    Plus you can’t seem to believe that the past will really mirror the future. If nothing changes, then nothing changes. Just like the illusion of addiction. Gambling is a good example. You might say: Statistical Dementia.

    I think that I need someone to follow me around more or less 24/7 and to tell me: It is time to do this, then this, then that. Etc.

  21. Anonymous says:

    What Is An Upsidedown Charity?

    Normally, a charity expects that a client will tell the case worker: “I am struggling financially even though I have been making a reasonable effort to help myself to become financially stable.” In the old days, that was generally a workable approach to caring for the needy. Then came the charity / standard-of-living inversion. (Needs an article to explain that.).

    The Inversion has made it possible to get better traction by actually assuming the reverse stance. I.E., the Upsidedown Charity seeks people who can say: “I am struggling financially largely because I have not been making a reasonable effort to help myself.”

  22. PAL says:

    The Role of Management in the Value Creation Process

    Adversarial Manager Dependence is the number one cause of poor performance in college students. Are there other causes? Yes, but AMD is the main one. Pretty much everyone has the time and the ability to study, the time to do their homework and the time to get to class. But often we allow other things to get in the way. Self-Starters do not have that problem, because they address their top responsibilities in the order of their importance.

    If Freedom is Really Such a Great Thing, Then Why do You Have a Job?

    There is an belief that is widely held in our culture that basically says that freedom is the ultimate positive in life. But many people are unable to handle freedom. Ironically, pretty much everyone willingly submits themselves to the loss of freedom that comes from taking a regular job. So the manager tells you do this, then do this, then do this – and we are generally okay with it, so long as the manager does not become excessively power-tripping (so-to-speak) in their direction. And the result is a good thing in that the employee creates value for the company and the company returns value to the employee by paying him every two weeks.

    But the value creation process that happens in a regular job is very hard for most people to do – unless there is a clearly defined structure in which their efforts are being rewarded in a way that is immediately exchangeable. So, specifically, in the case of “creating value by studying and learning”, students are unable to convert their efforts into cash (in the near term). That inability to put a dollar value on their efforts makes it hard for most people to stay on track with the creation of the learning value. This idea ties in with another article called: Transferable and Non-Transferable Exertion.

    Most people need management, but most people strongly dislike management. Its too bad that there is not an easy way to convert the payoff horizon of the value creation that occurs through learning. If there were, then everyone could have a relatively high paying job. This would happen because, statistically, we can see the potential in others that they cannot see in themselves. Hence, if it were possible for an investor to a) pay someone to study and do their homework and then b) recoup a percentage of the value that is created inside the studying person, then pretty much everyone could be employed right away. But our legal system (aka: freedom) makes that type of arrangement impossible to enforce.

    So, the best work-around, for the short term, is for people to recognize that they are not Self-Starters (a humiliating experience – but also very freeing in another sense) and then accept the available treatment – which boils down to having someone else regularly checking up on your progress to see if you (the student) are actually doing the work to make the long-term success possible.

    And that is what I am trying to facilitate via Get Help Get Active!

  23. PAL says:

    The Seven Deadly Sins

    There is an ancient list of human failings known as the Seven Deadly Sins. They are: Pride, Greed, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy and Sloth. Another name for Sloth is Laziness or, more accurately, Adversarial Manager Dependence (AMD).

    The discussion of sloth often provokes a feeling of irritation in people. There are two main reasons that this sense of irritation comes up. Firstly, the topic is usually raised in the context of accusing someone else of being slothful – and, more specifically, the accusation is offered that they are on the dole because of their sloth. The second reason for the sense of irritation is that many people do not believe that sloth actually exists.

    So, lets think about the second case, the belief that sloth does not actually exist. For people who hold that view, it would be interesting to know whether or not they believe that the other moral failings (Pride, Greed, etc) do exist.

  24. PAL says:

    The Hidden Tax

    If you have a te job, then you get sort of free professional management – sort of complimentary with the job – although it is really coming out of your pay as a hidden tax! But for a nte job, you probably still need management – but you usually cant afford professional management – so you just take what is available – usually for free – which is often of a so-so caliber.

  25. PAL says:

    Are Most Bosses Jerks?

    Ask this question as a lead-in to get people to agree that they are jerks, by and large. Then why do you work there? Because I need the money. Well, why do you need the boss to get the money? It is an implicit requirement. Does the boss perform any positive function? No. Then why do the higher-ups have him? Hem and haw. The point is that there is a management function. It is needed. And you willingly put up with it. On the plus side, value is created, so you get paid.

    So why not do the same thing with NTE?

  26. PAL says:

    The Root Versus The Periphery

    Get Help Get Active is based on some controversial ideas. I used to explain it to people by going right to the nub and explaining it. But it gets complicated doing it that way – because there are so many possible avenues of objection. So, instead, now-a-days, I just try to bring up an intriguing observation or question (I think that they are intriguing) and see where the give and take of the conversation leads us.

    There are three ways that people deal with responsibility in the ordinary sense. The three ways are: Self-Starting, Symbiotic Manager Dependence and Adversarial Manager Dependence (or AMD). Get Help Get Active is a free resource to help people who suffer from AMD. It has to do with the connection between how I spend my time (on the one hand) and the statistically predictable economic results that naturally flow out of those choices.

    Elevator Speech

    Or: Army, Homeless, Not homeless now. Computer jobs, 2.5, Many reasons, Reasons favored and disfavored by Army, AMD. It is a way of looking at irresponsibility. 22 deaths per day. Charity to help. Example of PT in Basic vs no PT after service.

    • Dinner Party says:

      Graphic: a root under a plant versus a small thin rootlet coming off the main root. And a magnified circle around the rootlet.

  27. PAL says:

    Why Do People Reject Life-Transforming Information?

    Refusing to read books like HTSWASLiving. Seeing links to web articles and bookmarking them but never going back to them. Refusing to point my mind in a healthy way. Possibly because the pain of changing is too great. But that answer avoids the attack-from-the-flank option. Boils down to psychological AMD.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Transition Between Managers

    In the Army you respect your manager so you do what he says. But when the next (non-military) manager comes along, you don’t respect him and you don’t do what he says. Why?

  29. PAL says:

    Starting Eight Times Vs Working For One Hour

    An idea to get yourself to write. Once you start the decision takes on a life of it’s own. Then comes discouragement and distraction. Okay, so take a break. But you must come back 8 times after that life->discouragement->distraction->break cycle. So, it is still a challenge, but the knowledge that there will be “a life of it’s own to carry you through” makes it all easier to deal with psychologically.

  30. PAL says:

    When Behavioral Sickness Exceeds a Certain
    Threshold in Percent of Affected Population

    There is a common situation. It came up in the Catholic Church child abuse dynamic. It comes up in a family in which all members except for one are morbidly obese. It has to do with the question: What is the dominant socially accepted behavior? We recognize that behavior is sick, but, when the behavior affects more than a certain threshold percentage of the population, then the population sees the sick behavior as the normal behavior. And the non-sick people are viewed by the sick people as “strange outliers”. This also comes up when laziness is the dominant social sickness. It becomes accepted as the new normal – and people who are not lazy are stigmatized as if they were somehow abnormally hard workers – when, in reality, they may just be self-exerting at a very normal level.

  31. PAL says:

    The Incremental End of Manager Dependence

    The purpose of this article is to address the question: Does Manager Dependence actually even exist? The answer is that MD is one of the top characteristics of childhood. Hence, obviously, at least for children, it does exist. The way that society deals with the transition away from force-treated MD and towards freedom, exposes several glaring gaps in logic. These gaps strongly indicate that, for most people, MD does continue to exist into adulthood in a greater or lesser degree of severity.

    Children depend on managers. Basically, that means: Mom and Dad, teachers, coaches, etc. Then, as they get older we give them more freedom. 18 to smoke. 21 to drink. 16 to drive. ? to make choices about sex. (I’m actually afraid to write the number.) 25 to control your inheritance. 18 to borrow money on a credit card.

    The system uses force to keep kids in line until it is determined that they are ready for the added responsibilities of adulthood. But why should it just happen to be that people are actually ready at those ages?

    Diagram showing step transitions at various ages. Overlay with curves that show the actual “readiness” point as a distribution. First, second, third standard deviation.

    Have kids ever said: Wait, I’m not ready to make these decisions! Send me back for a while!

    The system converts the payoff horizon via force.

    Obviously, there is absurdity to think that MD suddenly starts and stops at the incremental points for everyone. The resolution is to accept that MD continues on long into adulthood. And people who suffer untreated from it (AMD) really do get shortchanged.

    But there are forces at work that prevent us from seeing that. The “adult product” industry. The “you should be ashamed to not be using our product” industry. The “are you man enough” industry.

    • Anonymous says:

      Diagram – incremental steps with an overlay of multiple standard deviation bands. Then drill down with 3 or 5 similar diagrams – each with identical the same 5 step-wise transitions but one step is highlighted. The several bands of SD are overlain. So some of the responsibilities will be much more clearly handle-able than others (on average).

      What is the crossover point in terms of a specific incremental step of management-to-freedom in terms of the several bands of SD? A lot of factors go into it. Ultimately, it is probably just an eyeball point (plus a convenient integer or half-integer step – like 18 years old or 16 & 1/2). When does the damage done by stifling freedom outweigh the good that comes from maintaining the MD state? Plus, how compliant (i.e., agreeable to being managed) is the society in general? Old Chinese saying: When everyone breaks the law, then there is no law.

    • PAL says:

      Why Is Voluntary Slavery Illegal?

      Dangerous things are certified as “legal to do” when the preponderance of evidence shows that the damage done by keeping it (the dangerous thing) illegal is greater than the damage done by allowing it to be done.

      The ultimate example of this is voluntary human slavery. Banned by amendment 13. But there are many other examples – all of which relate to the process of maturity into adulthood. Like drinking age, sex age, marriage age, drop-out of school age, driving age, smoking age, credit card age, gambling age, freedom from parent-enforced behaviors.

      It is important to note that this is a discussion of adults voluntarily agreeing to become slaves. The shocking fact is that around 90% of the population would be willing to agree to such a contract (with the important caveat, that they would only be required to produce reasonable self-exertion) – but the contract is considered to be too dangerous to allow people to enter! In this case, “dangerous” means “prone to having the terms of the contract abused.” Hence, the government has banned it. Which is actually a restriction on freedom – in other words, you don’t have the freedom to permanently give up your freedom.

      So how did we come up with that 90% number? Because that is the approximate rate at which people opt for working as a non-bound, voluntary servant for employers! Versus 10% who insist on becoming entrepreneurs. We (the 90%) choose that voluntary service because we know that, due to our leverage of being able to quit at any time, that the employer will not cross the reasonable self-exertion line when they make demands on us.

      • PAL says:

        When you work at a Transferable Exertion job, you agree to two things:

        1. RSE
        2. I permanently give away the product of my labors

        So, for NTE labor, the only difference would be #2 – because we normally think that “the skills in my mind” are things that I own in their entirety.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Stable States of Self Exertion

    For transferable exertion jobs you have to be at at least 90% of reasonable self exertion for the relationship to be stable. Alternatively, for a non-transferable exertion task that I’m doing for myself, I could be at any state from 0 to 100% of reasonable self exertion. This illustrates the power of external management over self management.

    The reason that you have to stay at 90% for regular job is that the boss has a specific goal in mind and he is determined to get something done. Alternatively for nontransferable exertion the determination to get something done is not always as definite.

    Probably not coincidentally, many people stay at or around exactly 90% RSE (minus a little extra for excusable lapses). They perceive it almost as a game / power-struggle to be certain that they are not giving any more than necessary. Which may be due to the perception that they are already being mistreated.

    Graphic: RSE in the 90 – 100% band (while you are still working for someone) versus 0% after you loose the job. (Z shape) Alternatively, RSE can be anywhere in the zero to 100% band when a person is working for themselves. But how to refer to “stability” itself?

    • Dinner Party says:

      Caveat: the 90% rule under management does not apply in certain cases. Example: public high school failure factory – because parents and teachers have a “broken spell” – the system collapses – as in what happens in a nation following a military defeat.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is another level to this idea. The boss at a job tells you to divide your time: 20% here, 30% there, 50% there. The 3 sub jobs are not all equally enjoyable – but the boss conceives of them as being all needed to be done. Pressing the boundaries of the comfort zone to optimize cash flow for the business.

      But in a non-managed environment, the tendency is to go heavy on the enjoyable stuff and light on the not-enjoyable stuff. That “tendency” accurately describes 70% or more of the population.

  33. PAL says:

    Pitch: Where Do You Spend Your Time?

    How many credits are you taking this semester? Separate charts for 3, 6, 9, 12, 15. Ask the person to mark which one. How much time do you think that you should be spending in studying and doing homework? Ask them to mark on Y axis. How much time do you think that you should be spending in SADH. Ask them to mark on Y axis in another color. How much time could you reasonably be spending? If the numbers are different, then why? 10 possible answers including AMD (but not laziness). When they see AMD, they will ask you what it is. So you get your data, plus you get an opportunity to introduce people to AMD.

  34. Dinner Party says:

    The Rich and the Poor

    The rich have a problem that the poor do not have in that they may lack motivation to do anything. And that lack of motivation causes them to feel less fulfilled at the end of the day.

  35. Dinner Party says:

    Two Kinds Of Investment

    Playing the lottery versus education. Payoff horizon + the coin to pay NTP vs TP. Patience vs impatience. Plus it is exciting versus boring.

  36. Dinner Party says:

    Some people choose to spend their lives watching television. Their lives take a certain path. Other people choose to spend their lives studying math and science and technology in college. Their lives take a different path. Each person chooses his or her own path in life.

  37. Dinner Party says:

    Hypocrisy and the Non-Washing Eaters

    Think about restaurants for a minute. There are people who wash dishes and there are people who dirty the dishes (by eating off of them.) Are the Non-Washing Eaters (NWE) hypocrites for not washing dishes? (By the way, to top it all off the NWE will probably complain to the manager if the dishes are not clean – so is that more hypocrisy?)

    In any case, you have a job offer to wash dishes. Do you want the job? (I would guess that pretty much 100% of people who wash dishes for a living find the job to be unpleasant – but they do it because they see themselves caught in an economic trap that makes the job seem unavoidable.) I suspect that the main reason that you find the hypocrisy of others to be so onerous is that you don’t like the work that you’re doing and so your brain is frantically looking for “reasons” to quit. Of course though the Non-Washing Eaters are not hypocritical at all. Rather the sensible thing for the dish-washing worker to do (mentally) would be to be thankful that the NWEs come to the restaurant because it gives you a job!

    Another sensible thing for you to do would be to take steps to find a more pleasant job. I think that the energy that is motivating you to identify the hypocrisy of the Non-Washing Eaters is really derived from (I mean that energy is derived from) your own self-disgust at the fact that this dish washing job is the only thing that is currently available to you. And your limited career options are directly due to specific present moment choices that you have habitually made in the past. Those present moment choices have been choices to engage in the fun and easy activities of life rather than the boring and difficult activities (such as learning and networking) which (with overwhelming likelihood) would have placed you in a better position to be be suitable for a more comfortable and better paying job.

    So when I remind you about your multi-decades long habit of LSE in so far as developing your career is concerned, I am really doing you a tremendous favor although it may seem painful when it is happening. Because I’m helping you to identify and correct the root problem that is causing your current suffering.

  38. PAL says:

    You Can Have a Truly Happy Life

    Look around you. How much of what you see has been mass-produced in a factory? For most people, the answer is “almost everything.

    So why do we buy things in the store instead of just making them ourselves? Of course, the answer has to do with the quality, price and the trade off of time and energy. So we loose freedom (very slightly) by agreeing to purchase the mass-produced store products rather than the complete freedom of making our own custom products.

    Mass-Production, High Quality and Low Price Versus Expensive Freedom

    The key process goes like this: We trade a small amount of freedom (to a faceless corporation) and it returns to us a large profit in quality of life at a very low price.

    So why not do the same thing with our other freedoms? In particular, the freedom to “run my own life in the way that I please”.

    That freedom to run my own life as I please is nice, but how are the results? For most people, the results are (from hindsight) woefully below where we would like them to be. And where we think that they really should be – and should have been all along. Had we just applied reasonable self-exertion in the right areas at the right times.

    The Freedom to Customize (and Mess Up) Your Life

    That is why many people have a mid-life crisis. Suddenly a person looks back and says: Hey, I’m not a kid any more. I’m 40 years old. I know that I could have done much better with my life than I have. It’s not like I didn’t make an effort. I have generally worked hard and worked full time, but things have not turned out the way that I had hoped.

    And in a way, I can clearly see that it was my own fault. Because I have often sacrificed significant long term success and happiness on the alter of immediate (or more or less immediate) gratification. How could I have been so stupid?

    Okay, here is an idea. How would you like to change that (and rapidly change it) for going forward? And it won’t cost you anything. Plus, you will get paid (a lot) right away. Starting from right now. But is that even possible?

    Yes, it is possible. But the law would have to be changed in order for that to happen. Remember the faceless corporation we were talking about before? They do an excellent job at mass-producing high quality products at low prices. How would you like to give them a chance to produce your life for you?

    The Company Wants to Make a Profit

    What you need to understand, to begin with, is that they are making a profit when they mass-product those high quality, low price items that you like to buy in the department store. The word “profit” sounds mean to some people. But that belief (that profit is mean or immoral) is just the result of a long-term misunderstanding and brainwashing that we have “purchased”, by virtue of making short-sighted decisions regarding our knowledge sources. (Which, by the way, is hauntingly similar to the dynamic that we described earlier in which long-term happiness was sacrificed at the alter of immediate gratification.)

    So you see, profit is a good thing. In fact, it explains exactly why everything moves. But if you do not see that, then that is okay. But you may as well stop reading this article, because the rest will not make any sense to you.

    I propose that we change the law in order to allow companies to make a profit off of the “manufacture” of truly happy and fulfilled lives. Now, that does not mean “buying high quality at a low price.” Instead it means, trading your life in exchange for happiness, peace and fulfillment. So, in reality, you might actually end up with less stuff – not more.

    Transferable and Non-Transferable Exertion

    How can a company make a profit by manufacturing a happy life for a customer? The key lies in understanding the difference between transferable exertion (TE) and non-transferable exertion (NTE). And the difference between a transferable product (TP) and a non-transferable product (NTP).

    Money is the Fuel that Drives Production

    The Law Revolves Around Ownership

    The History of Non-Transferable Production … Slavery

    Why Was Slavery Such a Bad Arrangement?

    The Development of Virtue (a Non-Transferable Product)

    The Long-term Leverage of Higher Virtue (really knowledge and skill) in the creation of Transferable Products

    The Reverse Mortgage Process as applied to human virtue and long-term efficiency in the creation of TP.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Is Everyone Equally Sincere?

    Early age question of why people have different religious beliefs.

    Structural Sincerity vs Cognitive Sincerity

    AMD forces insincerity.

  40. Dinner Party says:

    Three Profiles and one Meta-Responsibility

    The profiles are the responsibility profile, the natural inclination profile and the self control-ability profile. The meta-responsibility is to take a step back in those areas in which the three profiles do not meet and to perform the self change necessary (possibly through spiritual development or psychological guidance) in order to narrow the gap between the three profiles. Interestingly, the meta-responsibility suffers from the same weakness of the three conflicting profiles because the natural inclination of a person plus their self control-ability may not be sufficient to meet the meta-responsibility. And that is one of the reasons that spiritual development galls us.

    • Dinner Party says:

      What is Bravery?

      Bravery has an opportunity to emerge when the Self-Control-ability Profile plus the Natural Inclination Profile does not meet the Responsibility Profile. At that point, if a person is willing to fulfill their Meta-Responsibility (which most people are not), then they will have to perform a counterintuitive struggle to booster their Self-Control-ability. That struggle will always happen in the face of a likely loss (such as the perception of fear – but it could equally well be someone other loss.) If they perform that counter-intuitive struggle, then (I believe) that that is what we call bravery.

      This may be profound – or maybe it is nothing?

  41. Anonymous says:

    Heroin and Action

    Opium has been in front page of TN. People relapse because of not doing the 100% basic and reasonable stuff that is suggested to them. PAL is the answer. After a relapse ask what suggestions did you take, what did you not take? In any case, this could be a great way to get some newspaper traction advertising. Plus, the issue is, apparently, not going away.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Self Help Meeting for Non-Self-Starters

    “Hi, I’m ____, I’m not a self-starter.” Cartoon. People are ashamed of themselves for poor performance in school. But, to the extent that that poor performance is due to the non-self-starting personality weakness, then that feeling of shame that is like being ashamed of yourself for having any other physical weakness – like poor vision or hearing – or any other handicap. So end your shame and start your career

  43. PAL says:

    The Social Cost of Self-Outing: Homosexuality vs Adversarial Manager Dependence

    I think that your idea of twitter Facebook, etc is a great one. I started a FB page. One problem that I sense, myself, about FB is that, because the nature of the topic is so touchy / shameful, I am reluctant to attempt to elicit likes & shares – because people who like and share may, thusly be outing themselves. Did I just say “outing?” Wait, yes, yes I read the last sentence again. Yes, I did say outing.

    RE: outing. Homosexuality has gained more social acceptability in our society recently. So the cost of self-outing to one’s social status and career prospects is low. But that was not always the case. Unfortunately, in the bigger picture of the social evolution arc, Adversarial manager dependence, is still pretty far down there on the scale of “I better not publicly out myself if I want to keep future employers looking at me in a positive light.” Its sort of like someone getting arrested / imprisoned / other socially unfavorable episode – and then having it get to the newspaper.

  44. PAL says:

    Is it Jealousy or Self-Disgust?

    An acquaintance told me that he was feeling jealous. I wonder, though, if that is really what it was? I had stuff that he wanted to have. So, in that sense, yes, it seems like an ordinary case of jealousy. In another sense though, I only had the stuff that I had because I went to the Store of Life and bought it with the perishable coin of Non-Transferable Exertion.

    He has had that same perishable coin every day of his life, but he has hoarded it instead of spending it. Because it is perishable, he has ended up with a large hoard of spoiled NTE – rather than the stuff (money and over-all-life-satisfaction) that he now claims that he really wants to have. Hence, perhaps, he is actually feeling self-disgust rather than jealousy.

  45. PAL says:

    One, Two, Three, Infinity JTTQ Pitch

    Would you rather have two choices – or an infinite number of choices?
    The two states of exertion-to-value-creation in the Boss-Worker-TP-NTP diagram. Partially true in a University setting also. Most people opt for the Two-Choice model!

    Sub-Engine

    You must keep your steam-pressure at 90% [cartoon of boiler] and you must keep your focus at 90% [cartoon of microscope] in order remain a sub-engine in the industrial machine. Alternatively, in self-mode, your steam-pressure can be any percentage – and likewise, your focus can be any percentage. Just like any other sub-engine or part of a larger engine, you must operate “within tolerances” or you will be swapped out! Graphic!

    But perhaps it should be two choices or ten choices? Because on-the-job (OTJ) requires either 90% or 100% focus. While self-work could be 10%, 20%, 30% …

    No, a better way to view it would be on-the-job requires 2 choices: At >=90% vs <90%. But, in the >=90%, you still have an infinite number of choices between there and 100%. And certainly, self-work has an infinite number of choices.

    YES!!! And that could go into an excellent graphic, too! And there OTJ graph would need to also include a very narrow safety-flex range (between 90 and 92%) which is where 90% of workers stay when it comes to how closely they keep their efforts just within the range at which they have to work in order to avoid being fired! Excellent idea!!! Which just shows how the “infinite number of choices” in OTJ-mode is largely a fraudulent exception. More proof is that, as soon as the whistle blows, everybody zips right out of the factory.

    You could ask yourself: Do workers tend to go the extra mile? Often the answer is: No.

    Would You Rather have Freedom or Bondage?

    An alternative way to look at 2 choices vs infinite choices. Sadly, most people opt for bondage. Having a job is a type of bondage because you are no longer making the top-level decisions.

  46. Anonymous says:

    When Did Their Advice Become Bad?

    When you were a kid your parents harassed you to get you to eat your veggies and do your homework and turn off the TV. At the time, you did not like to hear that, but, from hindsight you are glad that they pushed you in those ways, because the results of their harassment were that you did things that you can see were actually helpful to you. So when did their harassment become un-valuable? Even if you can’t pinpoint the day, can you pinpoint the year or even the decade in which their advice became bad?

  47. Dinner Party says:

    Are there jobs that Americans won’t do? Based on the pitch from the fair.President Bush’s picture. High-paying jobs.

  48. Anonymous says:

    What is a Self-Inflating Bottleneck?

    A process has two or more bottlenecks in series. The primary bottleneck is, for some reason, something that you want to avoid or ignore. A sacred, hidden problem. So you focus your efforts on the other, less non-sacred bottlenecks. That effort results in an overall improved flow of energy through the process. Unfortunately, though, that improved flow (due to efforts focused on the non-sacred bottlenecks) results in a worsening of the primary bottleneck. There are several reasons why that might happen. In the end, there is a whirlwind of energy applied to the problem, but a net worsening of the overall flow.

  49. PAL says:

    The Overwhelming Likelihood

    The overwhelming likelihood is that:
    1. You are currently suffering from some (one or more) critical weakness,
    2. You are unaware of it – or only vaguely aware of it, and
    3. It is now or will eventually become the source of most of your suffering in life (including poverty – if you are or will eventually experience it.)

    This presentation will demonstrate to you:
    1. What your root weakness is (it is irresponsibility),
    2. Provide you with a work-around to keep you aware of it, and
    3. Provide you with a work-around to eliminate all or most of the suffering that it will cause.

    Incremental end of manager dependence (childhood)
    (This analysis will now focus only on the responsibility to be self-supporting)
    At age 18, we become aware of the responsibility to self-support
    The shell job versus the real job. Most people go for the shell job.
    Forces conspire to keep us unaware of the responsibility to perform the real job.
    The enginization of the creation of value in a shell job.
    etc …

  50. Anonymous says:

    What is Ennui?

    What is Ennui? And what does it have to do with suicide? Bhudda’s saying. AMD and depression.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Why Isn’t Everyone Rich?

    Primarily because there is no career-hire legal mechanism available in our society to leverage the long-term profitability of NTP over TP. Successful people know how to become successful – but there is no way for them to force it on you. A ten year contract would be sufficient. Then a person could either free-lance or pick another multi-year contract.

    Two Kinds of Bottlenecks II
    MVP Lehighton. Two bottlenecks. One being the need for Educational Management (EM). Other, the need for a tutor. He could see the utility (increase in efficiency) from the tutor. But he could not see the greater utility from the EM. From my perspective, the tutoring was very inefficient compared to the EM. Graph showing a pipe with two bottlenecks. But he could only believe in one. He could not believe in the other. There seems to be a memory of a seemingly profound observation in connection with this – such as a better title.

  52. PAL says:

    What Is The End Game?

    Possible outcomes of the AP 5 week process:
    1. Realize you are MD and welcome continued AP.
    2. Realize that you are MD, but prefer to work with different (presumably better) AP.
    3. Discontinue all AP because it is too onerous.
    4. You have become a SS – hence on longer need an AP.
    5. Discontinue AP and lie about the reason – or give none – possibly lying to self about reason.
    6. Realize that you never were MD – you were always SS.

    It is very frustrating to me, because most people choose 5, when, in reality they should almost all be choosing 1 or 2. This would be worth presenting at the very beginning and reviewing 2x a week – with the intention of preventing 5 and maintaining either 1 or 2.

  53. PAL says:

    The Root of All Evil

    For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. I Timothy 6:10

    It is very common that people recite this as: “money is the root of all evil” – while leaving off “the love of …” part.

    Is there a connection with AMD and lack of faith in the value creation process? Remember this question: Do you work for money or for value? Interestingly, everyone works for value (safety, security, commodities), but the value is expressed as money. Non-Self-Starters struggle with the common-sense impulse to work for Non-Transferable Products (which are the real values), but they commonly will work for Transferable Products (chief of which is money).

    This idea needs to be developed. It could be very fruitful.

  54. PAL says:

    Why Do Big Words Scare People?

    Specifically, why do people feel embarrassed about not knowing the meaning of “big” words? I think that, in some cases, it is because the big word in question serves as a reminder of their own lack of education. Which, in an information society, means that the person has made a long-term choice to remain uneducated. Ironically, it may very well be that the particular word in question is unusual even for a person who has made a reasonable effort to become educated. But the uneducated person does not know if the big word in question is within the realm of reasonable self-exertion (RSE) education – or beyond the RSE realm of education. Hence, the default response returns to humiliation. That is why a person who has put the RSE into education can be confident in admitting that they do not know something.

    Nice Venn Diagram: 1) sub-RSE education, 2) RSE-education and 3) supra-RSE-education. Three vaguely concentric circles. From the perspective of 1, both 2 and 3 constitute “the scary beyond” – because they expose a history of educational sloth. From the perspective of type-2 people, type-3 vocabulary is the “beyond” but it is not scary because it is something that the type-2 person could reasonably be expected to not yet know about.

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