Working Graphics

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A Life of Honest Labor [link]
Big Feedback and Little Feedback [link]
Can A Nagging Wife Perform A Useful Role? [link]
Can I Read A Book? [link]

Communication With the Dead [link]
Does Everyone Exert Themselves Equally? [link]

The Action of Shame on Visible and Invisible Structures [link]
The Average Person Is Wrong [link]
Three Kinds of Starters [link]
Transferable and Non-Transferable Exertion [link]

Two Kinds of Acceleration [link]

When Does It Make Sense To Give Up? [link]
Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless? [link]


Original Comics [link]


43 Responses to Working Graphics

  1. PAL says:

    Can I Read A Book [link]

    Unusual Mental Illness:
    Teacher is standing at the front of the classroom looking out at the students lined up in rows in their desks. Teacher say: “Students, please raise your hand if you have an unusual mental illness which causes you to be unable to read or think” Next frame: All of the kids put their hands in the air.

    There are no books:
    Library with a sign: Permanently closed due to lack of customers.

    The books are too hard – or too easy
    Two stacks of books: 1) Advanced Physics, Advanced Calculus, Advance Latin
    2) Jack and Jill, Picture book, Nursery Rhymes

    I’m not really that interested in it
    Lets take a step back – footprints (with toes) – going forward and then backward

    Here I am on my death bed …
    An old and sick person laying in bed.

    you don’t have to be interested in reading books
    Panel 1 – dopey person says “I’m not really interested in reading books.”
    Panel 2 – a hiring manager is going through a stack of resumes and he picks up one resume and puts it into shredder and he’s thinking “Yes … and I’m not really interested in reading your resume, either”.

    • PAL says:

      Looking For A Job

      Dual vertical panel cartoons about pppl who watch tv vs ppl who read books. Tv show number one (clock on wall). Up to number n. Many weeks go by. Educational book 1 pages 1-3 (about plumbing). Pages 2-6, pages 297-300. Then both go looking for a job. Both get rejected. One responds in Thot (that boss was a jerk) the other responds in Thot (I will continue to improve my skills). The boss asks a question about plumbing – sorry u don’t know enough to b a useful member of our team. Then one day after many rejections – another interview and the boss says … “YOU fill in the text – you know what will happen!”. Rolling the dice.

      • Anonymous says:

        The person who gives up and watches tv is (after six months) no longer counted as unemployed – so the rate goes down. A spiral of read book, apply, rejected then, one day …

    • Anonymous says:

      End of life scenario #1 – piles of books covering bookshelves and a cat sitting on top of one to give it size perspective. Another pile of “rejection letters” stacked two feet high.

      End of life scenario #2 – a man sitting in front of a tv and with video game controller – looks dopey – saying I always level up – I am at level 253,421! Empty pizza containers sit around and soda cups with straws.

    • Anonymous says:

      independently wealthy, or a ward of the state, or you kind of have to find a way to provide for your own needs

      Three doors – with a sign saying “working stiffs go this way.

  2. PAL says:

    A Life of Honest Labor [link]

    The shell job vs the real job – a chicken egg with the word Job on it. Then, cracked open, there is a hovering glowing small sphere with the words: The Real Job.

    Who am I really working for? – The boss looks sternly at the employee and says: “Get back to work. You need to remember that you are working for ME!” Then the employee says to himself (thought cloud) “No I’m not. I am working for … me

  3. PAL says:

    Two Kinds of Acceleration [link]

    Thumbnail = Two rockets taking off at the same time.

  4. PAL says:

    Transferable and Non-Transferable Exertion [link]

    Graphic / Cartoon: The way to distinguish a TP from a NTP is to ask yourself: is it possible for me to pay someone to do this work for me? That explains why teaching is a TP but learning is a NTP.

    (Picture a man rubbing his chin while looking at his lawn-mower on the one hand and his school books on the other hand.)

    In fact, this principle is often converted into reality when someone has two deadlines approaching – where one deadline requires TE and the other deadline requires NTE. For example, suppose that a person has these two deadlines, both of which need to be completed in the next 24 hours:

    1. The lawn needs to be mowed (which is a 4 hour job because my yard is so large) because the township is threatening me with a huge fine because my grass is so high.
    2. I need to spend at least 8 hours with studying and homework to pass a university test.

    Now what do you do? One possibility is that the person will really buckle down and complete both tasks. But that would require a tremendous amount of effort. Another possibility is that the person could hire someone to do the lawn-mowing (TE), and then just use his own time to focus on the studying and homework (NTE). If it is possible, that is almost certainly the path that our friend will take. And he will pay a premium to get the lawn done asap, too.

    • PAL says:

      Graph – 3×3 TE and NTE – Nine icons 5 the center icon is a man pushing a lawnmower 1 books are one icon 2 hands shaking for networking 3 another icon self-care a man washing is under arm in the shower physical self care 4 mental self-care a Brain being operated on as if it were the engine of an automobile mental self care 6 self suppression icon alcohol cigarettes and drugs asked out or being pushed back 7 volunteer an ambulance. 8 Creativity- a light bulb coming on. 9 Sleep / ETBETR- a bed with a crescent moon in window. [FILE: TE and NTE 3×3]


      The 3×3 boxes do not have words – just icons. The explanation below has the 1/9th icons as bullet points, then a one-word description, then one sentence. Then a 90/10 or 10/90 distribution of TE/NTE with analysis ala or – and a bar graph showing 90 TE and 10 NTE.

    • PAL says:

      Graphic Ideas 2:

      1. 3×3 matrix to illustrate cases of TE vs NTE.
      2. By section heading:
      * Two Kinds of Work – Icons to illustrate the 3 examples of TE and the 3 of NTE.
      * Two kinds of results – The same icons, but will all of the TE jobs complete and with rays of shining coming out of them – and a worker standing back smiling with his hands on his hips – then the boss comes up and say “well-done” and hands the workers a check. For NTE jobs – the worker’s head has a shining halo to represent gained knowledge, a blue ribbon on a muscular body to represent physical fitness, and a shining halo to represent networking connections. Perhaps for networking, there is a before and after thought blurb – See: NTE – Networking 3/3.
      * Using a facilitator – The same 3 examples of NTE, but with a mediator which applifies the efficientcy of your efforts.
      * What is a paying job? – NTP become the multi-connector adapter through which each person applies the force of their will to achieve a final TP which someone is willing to pay for. The contractor applies Physical-stamina + Networking-connections + Knowledge and experience (three extensions joined together to the end of his screw-driver. The laborer does the same. Each extension comes with a statistical magnification rating (SMR!) that is represented by 1:SMR ratio between the two ends of the extension – as a parralellogram with base_1 as 1, and base_2 as SMR! So that explains why the laborer makes so little compared to the contractor!!!
      * There are no jobs in this town – Two people look for opportunities – but one has faith and sees the value of the NTE. The other lacks faith and refuses to see the value of the NTE “there is none so blind as he who will not see … song”

      See next comment: Regret, Hindsight, the Ratio of Prospective Value & a Bottleneck

      * Turning Down an Offer
      * Self-Identification
      * Get Help and Get Active

    • PAL says:

      When Does it Make Sense to Stop Learning [link]

      AKA: Regret, Hindsight, the Ratio of Prospective Value & a Bottleneck

      Graphic – So here is the question (diagram of a time-line!) – what is the point at which it *made* sense to do the NTE of school and what is the point at which it no longer makes that sense to do the NTE of school? 18 y.o? 19 y.o.? 21? 25? 35? 45? 55? 65? 75? Please point to the day.

      In fairness, though, it would probably make more sense to say: “Please state the rational ratio of the value of TE vs NTE at each point in your life – since, it does sort of make sense that, on the very last day of your life, it would not make sense to begin a long-term project – at least in the sense that, statistically speaking – the likelihood of positive return on that investment would low due to the proximity of death.”

      More at link …

    • PAL says:

      Graphic Enginization

      1. There are an infinite number of ways in which we can exert ourselves.
      2. For many different reasons we only choose a small subset of them.
      3. And we do those same ones over and over
      4. Some we repeat because we like to do them and some we repeat because someone is paying us to do them.
      5. Repeating specific tasks over and over creates experience and expertise.

    • PAL says:

      OOP – Times Tables = an example of NTE.

  5. PAL says:

    Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless? [link]

    Soldiers – Do soldiers stay on track via SD or ID or a combination of SD and ID?

    Why is it easy to confuse SD and ID? Graphic: Piston and Cylinder. Because when ID is done smoothly, it becomes very difficult to distinguish between SD and ID – because there is no argument. The difference only becomes apparent when there is a struggle for control!

    4StrokeEngine Ortho 3D Small.gif
    By ZephyrisOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

    • PAL says:

      Joining the Army Versus Intoxication [link]

      [GRAPHIC: “The Process Moves You Along Under its own Steam” – Showing people waiting at the train station. Then they board the train – which is really just a tiny engine “powered” by a giant bottle of liquor (which is smiling and looking out the window with its left arm resting on the window sill of the engine compartment). Then the passenger sits in the single car behind it – which is just big enough to fit him. At this point, the “process” takes you along under it’s own steam. Similar situation for a soldier-to-be. But his train is “driven” by a toothy smiling drill sergeant who is leaning out the window of the engine while the soldier rides in the single car behind it.]

    • PAL says:

      Get up every morning with the rising sun!

      (This could be an article on its own.)

      A picture of recruits running – so the question arises why is it that you get up every morning with the rising sun when you’re in the army but you don’t after you get out of the army? Of course the answer has to do with the fact that they are forcing you to get up to go running. Hence, we are looking at the difference between imposed discipline and self discipline.

      Soldiers running in formation. Sunrise in background. Large words: I get up every morning with the rising sun! Just to get in a three mile run!” Maybe with echos small to large from the drill sergeant singing?

      The song ended with “I love to double-time”. But, in reality, most soldiers don’t love to double-time. That is why they don’t do it on their free time. But we all experience runner’s high. Here is the graph: In the normal state I do not love to double-time. As I start to DT, I affirmatively hate to DT. It is only after going through a significant barrier of effort that I reach runner’s high. But most people forget the RH and only remember that they hate to DT.

    • PAL says:

      The thought experiment

      Could be a nice cartoon – but separate panels compare being in the service versus post service mid. 17 hours of daily control versus 12. 7 hours of interrupted sleep versus 8 uninterrupted. Get up at 4:00 versus get up at 6:00. Dangerous work versus relatively safe work. Invigorating PT versus invigorating PT. Forced singing songs about killing versus FSS about psychologically healthy stuff. Little R&R versus plenty of R&R downtime. Classes a out learning a career useful skill vs classes about using weapons.

      Also when the private decides he does not like a 10 mile march (heavy backpack versus relatively light briefcase to go on job interviews or walk to library) then the DS says: “No problem private! You can always quit if you don’t like the work! But if you do then we will fine you and imprison you and maybe even beat you up!”. Next day the DS comes to visit the private in jail and asks him if he would like to stay in jail or if he would rather “voluntarily” do the work that is being asked of him.

    • PAL says:

      Venn Diagram

      PML could occur either alone or in conjunction with any of the commonly recognized causes of homelessness. PML may be entirely absent in many (or even most) cases of veteran homelessness.

      Venn Diagram showing how PML could intersect or not with the other causes of veteran homelessness.

  6. PAL says:

    Three Kinds of Starters [link]

    The Cycle of Non-Adaptive Self-Care In Psychiatric Patients

    Cartoon Strip:

    The AMD dynamic will probably be similar to the cycle experienced by many psychiatric patients of 1) taking medication 2) eventually the psychiatric symptoms go away 3) the patient becomes more focused on the unpleasant side effects of the medication 4) the patient stops taking the meds 5) for a time all is well 6) then another hospitalization, and repeat. There is probably a name for this type of cycle.

    Only in this case it works out as 1) a MD worker accepts management 2) using the service of the manager, the worker becomes successful on the job 3) the worker begins to perceive the manager’s services as unpleasant & unnecessary intrusions 4) the worker refuses to fully cooperate with the manager 5) for a time, the worker perceives that all is well 6) the worker looses his job because of his AMD, and repeat.

    • PAL says:

      The Chronicles of Adversarial Manager Dependence

      Episode 1,435

      Mom is just walking out the door at 8 AM to goto her job. As she is leaving she says to her son (who is still getting out of bed): “And don’t forget to take out the garbage and wash the dishes and mow the lawn and apply for that job down at the grocery store and do your homework for that college course that you are taking.”

      The son thinks: “I hate it when she tells me what to do. I’m tired. So he goes back to bed. Wakes up at noon. Then he eats some food from refridge. He complains: why doesn’t she ever buy the food that I like to eat? Then she pops up in his memory and says: “Well, if you had a job, then you can decide on the grocery list. And dont forget to take out the garbage … repeat the first to do list, but it trails off in his memory.”

      Then he sits down to watch TV. Daytime soap operas. People with lots of money and good looks and nice cars and good girlfriends. He thinks: Why can’t I have that? Mom pops into his memory again and says: Well, if you just had a job, then you could have a nice car like that too. And if you would just exercise regularly, you could loose that gut. And dont forget to take out the garbarge … trails off.

      Then changing the channel to a TV therapist who tells the audience that they need to get off the couch and get a job … click to another channel … a social justice warrior is telling the audience that the man is keeping you down. So the son says: Yeah, he is right!

      At the end of the day, mom comes home and yells at the son because he did not do the stuff that he was told to do. He starts to lists his excuses.

      I hate it when she tells me what to do – but I guess I know that if she is not there telling me what to do, then I wont do it.

  7. PAL says:

    Does Everyone Exert Themselves Equally? [link]

    Basketball game cartoon – see article.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Communication With The Dead [link]

    A lady is sitting on a bench crying with a tissue dabbing at her eye. Next to freshly filled grave and headstone. Thinking “I wish I could still talk with you” from the grave there is a thought bubble thinking “Go stand by the portal – focus your mind – you will hear my voice”.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Big Feedback and Little Feedback [link]

    Laziness – using a teaspoon to scoop the energy of life from his heart into an urn – enablement is another person putting in energy to the same urn at a much higher rate. If the urn is already very full, then the person is rich – but if it is nearly empty the the person is poor. RSE means that a person is trading 50% of his heart / mind / focus.

  10. PAL says:

    The Action of Shame on Visible and Invisible Structures [link]

    Visible and Invisible Structures

    A complex flowchart versus a simplistic flowchart. The simplistic one just shows a loop – go to work – do what the boss says – eat – sleep and then repeat. The complex loop is just like the simple one (on one side), but on the other side a multi-level, multi-color, multi-dimensional structure is being built – with protocols, database & creative decision making.

    Invisible Structures are only invisible at the first order

    Dinner party – people using large vocabulary words – at that point a person with a poor vocabulary cannot participate, so his shame becomes obvious.

    Avoiding interacting with people who have more knowledge.

    After the dinner party in which the person was humiliated, he says to himself “I will never go back there again.” So he is walking away from the party with shame on his face and tears in his eyes.

    Building materials for constructing a house

    A person is poor and he is renting an apt. Someone “helps” him by donating land and building material and building equipment – with one stipulation, that the person cannot sell either the L or BM or BE. But he can find people who will volunteer to help him build – or he can build himself. But he does not build. As the years go by, moss grows over the tarps that are used to cover the building material. And trees grow up around the bulldozer that was moved to the property. (maybe forget the stipulation – since it complicates things unnecessarily?)

    • Anonymous says:

      A beautiful garden versus a barren garden if you have the same amount of land to plant on why should not everyone have a beautiful garden if they have the same time and are able-bodied.

      A long row of power tools versus only a few basic tools

  11. PAL says:

    After the Breakup

    Imagine that an employer hires an employee. But the employee does not want to produce Reasonable Self-Exertion (RSE) (and the employee himself admits to this.) So the employer criticizes him about it. The employee does not appreciate the criticism so he quits.

    Insufficiently Tender

    Over time the ex-employee becomes poor because he is not working. Then one day, the employer and employee cross paths as they walk down the street. The ex-employer apologizes as such: “Please forgive me. I was unduly prickish because I asked for RSE. If you had only produced RSE, then I would have been praising you rather than criticizing you – but since you (by your own admission) rarely produced RSE, I could not in good conscience praise you.”

    But that would be absurd because employees are (in our culture) expected to produce RSE on the job. So if the employee didn’t produce RSE, then the employee is the one who should be apologizing – not the boss!

    But isn’t that similar to what happens when the AP relationship ends? In this case, the “boss” is not acting in the boss role – only in the feedback role. And the decision about RSE (or not) truly is in the hands of each individual. So, whether you get a positive review or not is totally in your own hands!

    A Pure Motive?

    Maybe the feedback was rejected because the feedback giver’s inner motive was not pure. Yes. That is it! A boss at a regular job can afford to have mixed motives when he criticizes his employee – because the employee wants to keep the converted payoff horizon. But an AP cannot afford to have mixed motives when he gives feedback. Since there is no CPH. Actually, even in that case it would still be worth it to the AP to accept the impure feedback, but, unfortunately, it becomes very easy to focus on the perceived slight of the impure feedback and use the perceived slight as a reason to abandon the relationship. Self-deception comes home to roost.

    The Converted Payoff Horizon

    It probably hinges on the CPH and the social expectation that it engenders. And that social expectation drives the person forward. Without the CPH there is no social expectation, so there is no natural instinct moving you forward. The AP relationship attempts to create a (somewhat artificial?) environment in which there is a social expectation. Unfortunately, though, the spell can be easily broken because everyone knows that there is no real force at work.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Frustration Tolerance

    What is a normal level of Frustration Tolerance? That is hard to answer because the question is hard to measure since every Attempt occurs within it’s own, unique Frustration/Success Environment (FSE). For example, a learning task has its own FSE which is (roughly) unique to the user – although the FSE often has a similar character which many different people consider to be relatable.

    There is probably a point at which FT could become pathologically high. That would be the person who is obsessed with studying something which a “normal” person would find boring. Again, though, a distinction would need to be made between a worthy obsession and an unworthy obsession.

    All else being equal, we could probably all agree that having a higher FT is better. So are there any specific disciplines which a person could use to improve their overall FT? Or perhaps disciplines which would only help to improve FT within a fairly narrow FSE?

  13. PAL says:

    The Reason that I Don’t Have a Job

    Given as a graph. The reasons are all highlighted in yellow. Changeable vs un-changeable. Arrows show that RSE has been applied to unchangeable areas (shaded in yellow), but it has not been applied to changeable areas. Formed as a maze? Showing that there are clearly methods to achieve the desired result of working, but I am not following them.

    What are the characteristic behaviors of people who successfully facilitate others in reaching freedom from cognitive dissonance?

    Perceiving things in terms of what I cannot change versus in terms of what I can change.

  14. PAL says:

    The Average Person Is Wrong [link]

    Cartoon comparing the moon god versus the sun god. Two ancient tribes are fighting. Apparently the cause of the war is that the moon worshipers blasphemed the sun worshipers. So why do they fight? Is it because the moon worshipers believe that they worship the true god? (That would be the positive form of their belief.) Or is it because the moon worshipers consider the sun worshipers to be wrong in their (the sun worshipers’) belief? I think it is the later – which is the negative form of their belief. Of course though, from our perspective in 2016, we would consider both parties to have been wrong. So this is an example in which a) the percentage of violence-inducing false beliefs is 100% on both sides and b) the false belief in question takes the negative form rather than the positive form.

    Second example: A bar fight. Person A looks at Person B the wrong way. B asks A what A meant by that look. Pretty soon they are coming to blows. From the perspective of an outside observer, though, both sides are silly and making a mountain out of a molehill.

    At or Near the Peak of the Mountain of Truth – a mountain top. I am nearly at the peak. Looking down in the clouds into the valley of ignorance. Next panel: But many other people are doing the exact same thing – and each of them believe themselves to be at or near the peak of the mountain of truth.

  15. PAL says:

    A Tool To Self-Diagnose Adversarial Manager Dependence

    Why do people take jobs? Because they want to make money, right? Not exactly. It is true that some people want to make money as an endpoint, but that is not true for most people. Most folks want to make money in order to trade the money for stuff (clothes, cars, food, rent) which, in their own opinion, add value to their lives. Another way of saying “adding value to my life” is “making me happy.”

    Do You Want Money? Or Do You Want Value?

    But there are many other things that we could be doing with our time and energy to make ourselves happy. But we rarely do them. For example, exercise, eating right and studying. Each of these things are generally irritating in the preparation stage but each one leads to a satisfying conclusion. Which, by the way, is exactly what happens at a job. You are there to make money. The process of making money is irritating in the preparation stage (40 hours a week for most people) but it leads to a very satisfying conclusion.

    So there are these two ways to produce a satisfying conclusion. The first way is Transferable Exertion. It means that you have a job and slog through 40 hours a week. The result is money. The money is a Transferable Product.

    The second way is Non-Transferable Exertion. It means that you have self-discipline in pursuit of a valuable result. The result is a healthy body, a strong mind and a set of useful skills. These results are Non-Transferable Products.

    Now, let’s get back to the title of this article:

    A Tool To Self-Diagnose Adversarial Manager Dependence

    I propose this self-diagnostic tool. It works for people who are:

    1. Willing and able to work 40 hours a week at a job (i.e., Transferable Exertion.)
    2. Loose the job (or have their hours cut). At this point, they have Available = 40 – Job Hours amount of time left over every week.
    3. Have a willingness to trade their Transferable Product (the money) for the desired Non-Transferable Product(s) of healthy body, a strong mind and a set of useful skills. (Of course that is not possible, because the desired product is Non-Transferable. The point is that the person would be willing to make the trade if it were possible.
    4. The person observes about themselves that they would fairly judge that the NTE time and effort that would be required to create the NTP are less than or equal to the TE time and effort that would be required to create the TP, for which they would be willing to trade.
    5. The lack of ability to use self-discipline via Reasonable Self-Exertion to create Non-Transferable value for which we would otherwise be happy to trade a less valuable Transferable Product is the hallmark of Manager Dependence.
    6. The dynamic of AMD occurs when a person recognizes their own Manager Dependence, but fails to affirmatively seeking out and engage a manager.

    Working Out At The Gym

    We need to add in one minor caveat to this hypothetical scenario. Lets take the case of the NTE of “working out at the gym.” Lets imagine that someone has offered you a job to work out (at a Reasonable Self-Exertion level) at the gym and offers to pay you $10/hour to do the workout. And you consider $10/hour to be a reasonable wage that you would normally be happy to accept in exchange for Reasonable Self-Exertion.

    The caveat is that you would never actually become more physically fit due to your workout. There would, instead, be some way (100% unharmful to you) through which the health-inducing benefit of working out at the gym was transferred from your body to your employer’s body.

    So would you still take the job? If your answer is yes, then you suffer from AMD in regards to your own self-identified self-responsibility to maintain your own body through exercise.

    Studying to Learn a Useful Skill

    Now consider a second example: Studying to learn a useful skill. Value creation happens when we study to learn some desired knowledge. Again, you could ask yourself if you would be willing to take the job for $10/hour. (Make that a variable at the beginning of this section – perhaps Happy_Wage_For_RSE.) If you would be willing to take the job for cash, then why not take it for Value_Creation > cash? It doesn’t make sense to say no. But then again, Adversarial Manager Dependence doesn’t make sense.

    AMD is another way of saying lack of self-discipline. It is the number one cause of long-term poverty in the Land of Opportunity during the Age of Knowledge.

    Get Help and Get Active

    Do you suffer from Adversarial Manager Dependence? If so, then the treatment is humility + finding a manager with whom you can achieve symbiosis. Would you like to try our process? It is totally free. You will never pay anything. In fact, we will even pay you $100 to participate in a treatment plan. It will take 10 hours of your time stretched out over 5 weeks, so two hours a week. You can stop at any time, and you still get the money.

    Many people ask: “Why would anyone be willing to pay me to participate in a treatment for AMD?” The answer has to do with present charity needs versus statistically predictable future charity needs. Our thinking goes like this:

    1. We perceive that we are morally responsible to help the poor
    2. People who suffer from AMD tend to become poor and to become heavy users of “regular” charity
    3. Helping someone to recognize their handicap of AMD and to accept treatment for it will reduce the need for regular forms of charity
    4. It is an efficient use of present charity resources to eliminate future needs for charity resources
    • PAL says:

      I think that a lot of the paradox revolves around the thinking that affects a person when they have a regular job, but they are struggling against their desire to quit the job. They tell themselves: “It took so much effort for me to land this job. I don’t want to have to go through that ridiculous struggle again, so I will just buckle down and do the job. Besides, I only have to be here for another X hours today, anyway.”

      Versus the thinking that happens when a person is working at a non-transferable job, but they are struggling against their desire to quit the job. They tell themselves: “Well I can take a break right now, and no one will get on my case about it. And I’ll just start over again tomorrow.” Perhaps because they do not have the capacity to get on their own case about it?

      So, in the first case, the act of quitting completely burns a bridge that took a long time to construct. And in the second case, the act of quitting only fractionally burns a bridge. And it only burns it in a way that would be easy to reconstruct.

    • PAL says:

      Cartoon: People are waiting in line at the “Hypothetical Deli” counter. The HD sells things that are Non-Transferable, like improved health through exercise, 100 hours all doing algebra homework, learning a foreign language. You don’t have to do any work to get the desired products. You can just pay for them in cash.

    • PAL says:

      This concept is hard to explain. People who do not want to understand you will easily be able to find a way to misunderstand what is being said here. But it is true and important. Kind of profound in a way. But really the same could be said about the entire idea of AMD.

      Ayn Rand: “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident [thing] which everybody has decided not to see.”

    • Anonymous says:


  16. PAL says:

    Can A Nagging Wife Perform A Useful Role? [link]

    Cartoon: A man asks his male married friend if he would like to set a certain event in his future schedule. The answer he gets is: “Let me check with the boss.” This is a common phrase that men use. Depending on the personality structure of the man and the woman, it might indicate that there is a workable relationship of Symbiotic Manager Dependence.

  17. PAL says:

    When Does It Make Sense To Give Up? [link]

    Competing realities

    Lets consider two broadly different examples.  We just want to see how a person’s social, cultural and family environments shape the outlines of their “resilience profile.”  We can define a person’s “resilience profile” to mean “those personality components which determine how much stress a person is willing to take before they give up on trying to complete a project.”

    Cartoons – The PAL missionary [(looks like Columbo) interview two people in side by-side panels – a poor neolithic farmer struggling to survive – but, since his culture promotes individualism and hardiness, he bravely carries on vs a modern day kid who plays video games all day, declines to read library books to learn new skills & thinks about offing himself because of despair as to whether or not he will ever be able to move out on his own.]

    Well, I’m a neolithic farmer – and I dont have any health insurance.  I dont have an eyecare plan, either.  In fact, glasses haven’t even been invented, yet.  Fortunately, everyone in my community is very keen on encouraging me to work hard in order to survive.  Winter is coming soon, so I’m busy gathering nuts and berries in order to make it through the ‘lean’ times.  /// Nope, we dont have no library – all of our technological progress is shared by word of mouth by listening to the elders.

    Well, I’m a spoiled brat from 2012.  I sit around all day playing video games and sending text messages.  I’m 23 now, so my parents are kind of getting pushy about me looking for a job.   It really sucks because there are no jobs in this town, anyway.  I’m really not into reading books to learn any new skills either.   And school just isn’t my thing.  I’m no good at math.  The guidance counselor told me that I am a visual-learner with an audio-emphasis – but there’s no state funding to provide that kind of teacher.  I guess I’m screwed?  Anyway, I’m more of a “hands-on” type of guy.  [zoom to thumbs working on the game controller]  All of my friends agree that the future is hopeless, anyway.  // In fact, here is a really cool website that glorifies suicide.  I kind of like to look at it since everything that they write kind of agrees with the ideas that I already have myself!  // Maybe I should just invest my remaining energy in greiving and preparing for my death?  I think that that makes sense, bcz I have already talked myself so far into this hole.

    • PAL says:

      The Brain-Wash Store 

      A person is looking at a shelf that shows all of the possible brainwash-levels that are available from each of the various cultural message systems.  Scratching his chin to decide which one he wants to go with:  1)  Astronaut: never-give-up using all physical and *mental* resources 2) Suicide-Culture: give up if you just happen to feel like it.  3) Average Joe – Uses the default settings that just happened to have been provided to him by his birth culture 4) Laborer:  Works very hard physically – but does not exercise his brain 5) Moocher: Works very hard to manipulate the welfare state into providing him with free stuff, but does not develop other capabilities.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Please divide this page into two sections the first section will have completed comics or completed diagrams with one line summary and a link. The second section will have the links to the pages for the uncompleted diagrams.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Diagram: 90% of academic failure is explained by adversarial manager dependence. (Barchart one). Alternatively academic success is 50% due to self starting and 50% due to symbiotic manager dependence. The extra ten per cent of academic failure is due to factors beyond the control of the student (Barchart two).

  20. PAL says:

    Page needs to change:

    1. Put all graphics ideas together with the original links.
    2. Refer back to all graphics by the top link from articles page.
    3. List all completed graphics (perhaps by copying them here?)

  21. PAL says:

    Incremental Changes in Fat and Work

    Cartoons: When talking about the question of “is it shallow to judge women who are fat in a negative light”, a crowd of women all say: “YES! That is very shallow!”. Meanwhile a crowd of men think (simultaneously): “hmmm … it seems like a valid point to me …”

    Then the same thing (in reverse happens when the question of the shallowness of a woman if she judges a man to have a negative due to his laziness.) Although, perhaps the women say it out loud with disgust.

  22. Anonymous says:

    How about a page that lists links to all of the separate graphics? Since that would cheer you up to see your full portfolio.

  23. PAL says:


    Re the two business cycles of
    1. Employee->labor-channel->90%TP+10%NTP->Boss->Cash-back-to-Employee
    2. Employee->labor-channel->10%TP+90%NTP->Boss->Cash-back-to-Employee

    The TP is divided up by the boss and then sold to a third party.
    The NTP is used to complete pipelines which can then (possibly) be fitted as new labor-channels.

    A labor channel means: How can I most efficiently transfer the energy of my spirit into money? In other words, what is the field in which I can get paid the most? Usually that means that I can use some special training that I got via NTE as a labor channel.

    So the graphic shows how the NTP constructs a labor channel – which can then be used to more efficiently create either new NTP or new TP. In any case, value is created at a higher speed. So the employee can make more money.

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