Whenever I see the name “Elon Musk” in the headline title of any article I read regarding Mars, solar roofs, electric car-fandom or rockets imploding during lift-off, as the sub-topic, I tend to parallel his name with that of society’s association of the word entrepreneur, however, for those of you who have read up on a few my blog posts from earlier last year (2016), you all know that the actual definition of entrepreneur connotes self-discipline and having the ability to harbor a thought process that is entirely different from anyone else. Either you change the world or be changed by the world–and Elon seemingly intends to be an extension from the former half of the definition. I utilize the weasel word seemingly because society is an aggregate that, by today’s standards, gather together under the banner waved over them–and by banner, I mean, anything that signifies a commonality that people have about themselves–you have to be able to relate to people.
So, how does one relate to another?
It’s important to understand that people can live their lives how they so choose and it’s good that different people try different things. What’s working for HL™ is that we are trying to solve hard problems to help the world–and personally–I’ll die happier knowing that I had at least tried to do different things rather just cave-in and be another cog in someone else’s machine. Useful thinking is only useful when you attempt to analyze complex situations. The prime school of thought for an entrepreneur isn’t all that much different from that of your typical mathematician: if you do not try to change the world for the better [positively speaking], then you are a disgrace to that school of thought. Talking about sending people to Mars, the way I see it, emphasizes the “negative” about spin and marketing “hype”. Spin is a learned skill-set. Apparently, Elon knows nothing about Mars but he has succeeded in convincing [the gullible] that he does, which is why you have highly-impressionable commenters on YouTube, as well as the other variants on social media, defending Elon’s know-nothingness to the death.
A more personal example would be some of the candidates that have submitted their resumés to me in regards to obtaining the position of Chief Financial Officer. You can easily spot the “Wall Street character” in some of them, more specifically during the initial phone screening, you’ll be exposed to professional spin within the first ten-to-twenty minutes, and, in turn, you start to pick up a few things. Among the first things that’ll make your ears prick-up is the fact that you begin to realize that truth contains quite a bit of a lie in it and much “hype” is backed up by facts. There’s a difference between someone proclaiming, “I play chess…” and “I have an ELO rating of 2300 and have competed as a national chess master“, however, if you say something like that, don’t be surprised if someone shows up with a chessboard to check you.
Spin and hype are part and parcel of any “high-tech” company. No spin + no hype = no sale. Folks, we live in a world that breathes spin and hype. They are attached to the Reality™ that governs our lives. The most recent spin that [Americans] have been exposed to comes from Dunce Cap Extraordinaire™ aka President Donald J. Trump regarding his reconsideration of some of the provisional clauses stated in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement between the U.S. and a few other participating countries (nation-States) in order to prove his administration’s position in “convincing” U.S. companies to refrain from sending jobs overseas (where those jobs will be favorably placed in the hands of more efficient workers), thinking that this impractical maneuver on the economical chessboard will “Make America Great Again“.
Well, it won’t–and what’s sad about the whole thing is that no matter how many times I’ve stated on social media (since we live in a world that’s owned by Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Pinterest) that as long as there’s a wage disparity between the wages afforded to the “U.S. worker” (snicker) and the wages afforded to someone over in Mexico, India or China doing the exact same job as the mental midget American who’s getting compensated a higher wage than that of their counterpart over in Mexico, India or China, then that translates into the wage cost of the worker over in Mexico, India or China being considerably less than what it takes for an employer to cover the expense of hiring a U.S. worker for the job. This is the Reality™ set forth by the laws of economics; not the TPP. It doesn’t matter how many “NAFTA on steroids” governments come up with–at the end of the day, irregardless of an agreement’s provisional clauses or the irrelevancy of spending billions of dollars to construct a “hate wall” between U.S. and Mexico borders, if it cost an auto manufacturer like Ford less to have an auto-plant constructed over in India than it would if it were built [and operating] in Detroit, then that’s what Ford is going to do. American emotions have no say in the matter.
Anti-intellectuals love to showcase and masquerade their idiocy…and they choose to do so on this interconnected network we call the “Internet”, which is a good thing since the “Internet” does not allow anyone to just disappear. The one thing about the future that is certain is that the future does not repeat the past, but if you’re willing to learn about the past you’ll be steadfast regarding what the past can tell you about the future. This is how I look at economics [pertaining to First-World perspectives], it’s just that it’s always best to disregard the statistical analysis that the “rulers of law” tend to attach to the laws of economics. Statistics can be misleading and, at times, work badly with small diverse samples. Another ghost that follows you around is the fact that retrieving good information is an extremely hard thing to do (nh @ “extremely hard thing to do“). Someone needs to do me a personal favor and explain to me what the rule is and why economics tends to be “separated” [excluded] from things that can be turned into physics. The Aristotelian approach never seemed at all appropriate since we were suppose to have moved from that derailed train of thought ages ago. Then, you hit the bottom line, comes to terms with the fact that Reality™ is messy and complicated and you have to decide exactly how to run your life.
What’s likely to happen is that you reach a point in life where you’ll have no other option but to make lemonade out of lemons. You’ll quickly discover that your initial approach just will not work so you end up scrambling just to find some use of your “skills” so that you can develop something just to get it out the door. You spend anywhere between one to four years trying to become an “expert” at some mathematical technique only to come to the realization that your newly-molded mathematical technique is the causality of your idea blowing all up in your face. So now, you have to take that mathematical technique and apply it elsewhere a la Hexagon Lavish®. It gets masochistic from here on out. You soon find pleasure in discomfort and this is when your strengths begin to surface, and it is these strengths that will keep you cognizant of the generalizations that heavily populate the “Internet”. Statements that likes of “…no one will pay you to do…” or “I don’t know anyone that will…” get trashed with the swiftness these days. The Reality™ associated with these strengths that you will quickly take notice is that there are semi-objective ways of measuring competence. If you tend to equivocate competence with intelligence, then you should know that there are many different kinds of intelligence. In large part, it has to do with the tail wagging the dog. Infrastructure is designed to aid the intelligent, however, it’s less of a matter of intelligence than personality since infrastructure is there so you can “switch fields” more fluidly.
Besides, realize that in Reality™, everything has to be sold.