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Stifled Greatness

Unhappiness is a condition that has been inculcated into the human paradigm through millennia of religious teachings, self-imposed suffering, and hegemony. Many people believe that they are destined to endure unhappiness and suffering as a badge that will lead them into glory in another life after their current life has ended. Others subject themselves to unneeded punishments as a way to prove their strength and worth as to impress their leaders and unseen gods in exchange for a wealth they never find and a glorious heaven that nobody has proven is real. Men wish to become martyrs and act out in extreme displays of religious devotion while others rejoice in the violence they unleash.

Those who are victorious hold the ability to author the history books—tweaking it just right to validate and establish a base of righteousness for their respective causes and often rash acts of violence perpetuated upon others to get their way. The losers are unceremoniously converted, forced to become one with that which they fought so hard against simply to ensure their own survival. They pick up the piece of their broken lives and try to sustain life through the acceptance of new systems, new beliefs, and new ideologies that have been cast upon them. The victors at the top wave their might and words of progress in order to satiate the anarchists and attempt to extirpate the transgressors wholly.

What, then, shall we believe is to be the Ultimate Truth? Should we all simply believe what we are told or taught as pure fact and accept the history books as written by the victors? Or should we question all things and seek for deeper truth and meaning within the ash and rubble of decimated and condemned history? Over time, historical documentation providing a dark contrast to the supposed truths have been uncovered and quickly re-covered by the entities holding supreme power. The enactment of mass-denial through powerful suppression keeps the truth hidden and far out of the reach for those who seek it. Television, media, and other technological distractions keep the minds focused on everything else except trying to uncover the information that could hold the keys to the grandest human liberation as ever imagined by any free-thinker that has ever existed.

Tainted lessons purveyed by power-holders to paint themselves with mythical halos to represent a sort of holy framework for their actions work secretly to amass great fortunes through enabling human suffering and propagating unhappiness through the false doctrines of supposed sacred texts. The implantation of governments formed around the same holy framework do not serve to benefit the inhabitants of a region but provide a mechanism for stifling their chances to achieve any greatness that they may have sought. The great American war on drugs is simply a façade—an overly obvious media-centric attempt to show government based compassion to rid the streets from illegal drugs. A true effort to eliminate drugs is not what they seek, as we all know that keeping your citizens high and stoned will help to prevent them from seeking truth. It’s a much grander presentation to proclaim great acts for the betterment of society, make a few arrests here and there, but ultimately fail to bring any real change. It is for the same reason that we find terrorists and extremists able to strike on American soil—the powers that be need to utilize the element of fear in order to enact new regulations to restrict the reach of their peoples.

Western society is heralded as being a melting pot of diversity and culture, yet religious doctrines and dogma prohibit gay couples from becoming married. The detest of the people against the idea of gay marriage is directly lifted from holy texts which espouse that sex should be limited to a male and female for the sole purpose of continuing the human species. As it stands, however, planet Earth is crowded and too many humans are able to freely walk around, destroying the environment and raping vital resources while failing to replenish. Perhaps allowing more gay marriage and recognition of gay couples is part of the key that may help to ebb the population explosion. To believe that the planet is a never-ending supplier of resources that will allow us to continue on this path indefinitely is foolish. Like with anything in life, a critical balance must be maintained to keep things operating properly, lest it be destroyed.

As a species, we all take things for granted. We assume that tomorrow will arrive as scheduled, our paychecks will be delivered as expected, and that our favorite television show will air on time. We believe that justice will prevail, that criminals will be prosecuted, and that good will ultimately be victorious over evil. Yet, innocent people are often imprisoned and later exonerated, the supposed “good” is operating at the pinnacle of that which is societally defined as “evil” and the victors are only so as carried out through endless wars and violence. We freely assume and convince ourselves that everything is a certain way through the process of denial in order find comfort in our respective spots. Comfort is what we seek, greatness is what will forever remain beyond our grasp.

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LIARS

I find the act of lying to be disgusting and it seems that, these days, liars are of great abundance. Extracting the truth should not have to be a chore; people should simply be willing admit fault, accept responsibility, and be truthful in their actions and words. Perhaps it’s easier to tell a lie than to face a harsh truth? An even more daunting task is when you are charged with weeding through lies while trying to get to the bottom of something. Frustration, anger, and contempt for fellow mankind comes naturally when forced to deal with those who are unable to speak truthfully.

There are many types of liars. Some liars lie habitually in feeble attempts to try and enhance the perceptions of other people. They create stories that involve strings of certain impossibilities that hold no merit in reality, simply to make others think more highly of them. Professional liars use their great lying ability in order to exploit others for their own corporate benefit. Embarrassed liars typically spout lies in order to cover-up their own personal problems and deal with their shortcomings. Some liars lie so much that their lie becomes a reality within their own world. There are also inconsistent liars who can’t keep a story straight if they were reading from a script. Multitasking liars tell several lies to several different people and are quite adept at managing all of the various lies and keep them from crossing over.

The replacement of truth for fallacies is akin to the religious. Denying objectivity in exchanged for contaminated subjectivity is an easy way to convince a fool. Critical thinkers can see beyond the smoke and mirrors and find truth in that which is skewed. A lie is a lie if the facts presented are easily proven to be false. Attempts to distort the facts to perpetuate a lie is the art of the bastardized scum of the earth. They sacrifice integrity for hypocrisy and prefer a fantasy to reality.

Perhaps people are just so miserable that lies are the only thing that they can hold onto? The power of denial is great compared to the power of dealing with a given situation. If we convince ourselves that a situation is a certain way, in light of the facts, maybe it won’t be quite as difficult of dealing with. By saying, “I did the best I could”, followed by circumstantial anecdotes is not the phraseology utilized by the successful, but more so a trait of those who are unable to excel.

The burden of proof does not rest upon the faculties of those who observing, but those who are providing. If a person claims that the sky is green, an observer need only look up to see that it is clearly blue. If a person claims that it is Sunday, an observer can check a calendar to either prove or disprove. The one making the claim who wishes to have support for the claims must be able to convince the observer of something, but the available tools are double-talk and deceit.

The sea of liars creates a massive roadblock in life; who do you trust? Are you capable of trusting anyone? Should we all be jaded and simply not trust anyone at all? Is it an impossibility that we can ever truly trust anyone as we accept the fact that their potential to lie is greater than their potential to tell the truth? Is it possible to take any stock in anything that is said by anyone when that potential exists?

Even in our own government, lies are commonplace. Seeking out truth is incredibly difficult. Cynicism reins supreme. We often feel as though everyone is against us because most people are out to only benefit themselves. Selfishness is fine, but if the cost comes in the form of giving up your dignity and integrity, how much value can you take away?

Secrets

Pretentious people enjoy talking. Many do not know when to stop. They keep going on and on trying to convince you that they are the ‘best’ at whatever subject is on the table. Some try to interject certain keywords or phrases in attempt to provide external validation through captivating you as their audience. Desperately they try to prove themselves to whoever they can find that provides an available ear to listen. I’ve always found it better to not play all of my cards at once. In fact, it’s critical to my day to day methodologies to appear as unassuming as possible. I like to keep certain aspects hidden or obscured from general observation. It often provides me with fun avenues of exploitation. Sometimes the exploitation is for personal gain and carried out with all seriousness and other times it is simply for pure enjoyment.

When someone brings up a subject, I allow them to speak freely, and I listen closely. I make a few notes on what I have heard. Maybe in a few days, weeks, or months, the individual brings the subject back up. This time I listen for contradictions. I wait for them slip up and operate in hypocrisy. I occasionally call them on it or drop hints and say things that allow them to remember their former stance. I will often play both sides of the fences. I even say the wrong things intentionally to get them to talk even more – to provide additional fuel for my infernal fire.

Operating like a spider is the key. Around you exists a web of your subjective reality. Perhaps your very presence is tempting or comforting for people. They approach, they begin speaking. Like the insect that finds itself within the outer fringes of the spiders web, they realize that they are stuck. The harder they try to escape, the deeper they become entangled. Eventually, I will strike.

The best grave that can be dug is the grave that people dig for themselves. When they realize that they have screwed up, they can put their efforts to good use and crawl in it. People will ultimately destroy themselves. Especially those who believe that they are the best. Their mind can only allow for that type of thought it nobody has dared to challenge them. If you play the game correctly, you can allow them to be their own challenger and watch them play themselves. Watching them get tangled up in the web and become exposed for attack is wonderful.

Pitting people against each other can be even more enjoyable. Acting as the catalyst to create a reaction between two different compounds is a good skill to have. Allow them to harm each other while you escape freely. Using people like pawn in your own devious ways is not empowering, it’s easy, but it does provide a nice source of entertainment.

The quieter you are, the more you can hear. What you hear can provide valuable fuel. That fuel can then be placed on the fire when you feel it necessary. Occasionally, a fire must rip through the forest in order to enable new growth to take form.

Losing Relevancy

I think that we are at a crossroad in America. From a political standpoint, the majority of the people who are in office are, for the most part, a bunch of old people that possess old views. We lack freshness, but hold plenty of staleness. There is no new thought. Everything is is a rehash of what once was rather than what should be. With the amount of younger people joining the workforce, coming of age to vote, and demanding to have their voices heard, the folks who are in charge are hardly representative of the demographic.

It’s laughable to think that some rich, white jackass with a collection of college degrees is capable of possible understanding the needs of poor black folks in the ghetto — or even poor white folks in the suburb for that matter. There is an obvious disconnect that exists between an understanding of what people need versus what they are capable of achieving. There is no confidence in the American people. The people in charge believe that the Americans are too stupid to take care of their own person matters such as healthcare choices, therefore the government must swoop down and command people to not only get healthcare, but also limit the available choices to them.

The people in Washington are not working with the best interests of the people in their agenda. They are working for something else…what might it be? I’ll let you be the judge of that. The fact is, the government has lost is relevancy. One does not need to spend countless hours pouring over endless documents of research to come to that conclusion, it’s abundant in the headlines all around us.

Take a look at the president himself. How is it possible that the commander in chief can claim that he had no idea that the NSA was actively spying on all of the various targets that they were? How can the president of this country use ‘ignorance’ as a scapegoat? Are you not in charge? Maybe not. The position of president of the FREE WORLD has quickly lost its glory and has become a laughing stock. America is fast becoming the next big joke in the eyes of the global community.

Losing relevancy.

The world around us is changing and moving forward, yet this country is virtually standing still. China is now actively trying to replace the American dollar a the world reserve currency. UN nations are coming together to condemn the US for their spying. Remember the big threat we made on Syria? Guess they got the last laugh, right?

We invade countries in order to “liberate” them. We kill alleged terror kingpins. We give billions of dollars in aid to countries who are poor, yet we fail to liberate and help our own people from the misery that is this American existence.

We claim to be a superpower, but the incompetence of the leadership we have is making America look super-stupid. What would Thomas Jefferson make of all of this?

Perhaps, “out of control” would be a good way to describe this?

America is in clear, obvious decline. It’s like a big snowball rolling down the hill getting bigger and bigger. It can only get so big before…

No jobs. No truthful representation of the populace. Just shipping jobs overseas and catering to special interests.

What do we have to look forward to here? Prime time television? No matter what, our favorite sitcom will be on at 8 o’clock sharp, so don’t worry! Taxes? Death?

Maybe a complete breakdown is what we need. A  moment to witness a modern passing of the guard and ushering in of a new age.

Time

The only thing that is guaranteed in life is that some day, you will die. It could happen tonight. You could be sleeping in bed, a group of thugs could break into your house, put a bullet in your head, and that would be “all she wrote”. No more life. If that were to happen to you tonight, would you be completely satisfied with the life that you lived?

There exists a number of certain milestones that we arbitrarily set within popular culture. The ages associated with these milestones are typically 16, 18, 21, 30, 40, 50. Each one of those ages has represented something that we typically consider significant. At 16 we (in the U.S.) can begin driving. At 18, we graduate high school and enter into adulthood. At 21, we (again, in the U.S.) can legally purchase alcohol. And so the thresholds grow. Of course, each subsequent point after 21 is more lackluster. There are certain other milestones that we are to experience or achieve. Be it getting married, buying the first house, having a first child, raising the child, and watching that child begin that upward crawl just as you had once done. It’s been the same formula for many years. The quintessential climb up the ladder of life.

I believe that far too much attention is given to those values or milestones. One should not try to quantify their own unique existence based exclusively upon these specific markers that society has given such great value. Instead, making your own unique goals or markers to encounter is far more interesting; even if you are the only one who can appreciate it.

First, we must reduce the total major milestones to 2. The day you are born and the day you die. Those two events are going to happen within your life. You are born and you will die. We must realize that there is no escape from life beyond death. Each one of us will face death at some point. You can’t do anything about it – it’s just how it is. The most important thing for you to do is not worry about death. Just accept it. You cannot stop it, so do not be afraid. The fear of death holds many people back from taking risks or truly tasting life. That fear is a great handicap.

Consider the following. Let’s assume that you were to die in 60 minutes. You knew that you were going to die and you could nothing but sit back and think about your life. What have you done that will stand as your legacy? Do you have any children? If so, did you raise them to be their own unique individuals or carbon copies of you by drilling your own personal ideologies into them? Do you feel that they will carry on living and make you proud? Did you do anything remarkable that will enable many people to remember you by? Did you create beautiful music, write a moving piece of literature, paint a breathtaking work of art, or construct an object of a grand scale to capture the eyes of others? Did you accomplish all of the goals that you ever hoped for? Did you take that vacation you always wanted? What did you do?

When you die, you may have some sort of funeral. There may be people who make arrangements after your death for you if you failed to make adequate plans. They may do the funeral in a manner that is contrary to your beliefs and way of life – is that acceptable? Do you now wish that you took steps before this moment? Realize that some people will be sad. Some people may be happy. A lot of people will be indifferent. Realize that when you die, it’s really over. You may be buried in a cemetery, cremated and stashed in an urn, or perhaps donated to science. There will be a short-lived duration where you will be memorialized, but it won’t last long. Eventually, your death will be forgotten, save for a few key players in your life (spouse, child, sibling, etc.), but beyond those few people, nobody will dwell on it much. You no longer serve any function within the realm of existence. Your opinions disappear, your presence is gone, and you will never have any say on anything ever again. You are dead.

Now think back to those milestones. How important were they? Do they hold an serious meaning now? Probably not. Do you think there could have been a better way?

We know that there are only essential milestones – life and death. So now what? We also realize that we do not have the ability to set the scope of those milestones. Take a child that is killed in a freak accident – their individual scope was obviously quite limited. But, because they were a child perhaps their death will have a greater impact on people than the old guy who dies quietly in a nursing home? Perhaps. We don’t have control of the scope (at least without extreme measures), we only have control of the ‘stuff’ that happens in between.

As we get older, one thing that we begin to notice is how our perception of time changes. Things seem to accelerate and move faster towards that ‘ending’. We can’t slow it down. It’s just what happens. Is it possible that we slow it down? Realize that life isn’t a race, but something that should be savored like a nice a meal? How?

Think of those times when you were a kid, hanging out with your friends, or on special trip somewhere. Didn’t it feel like (albeit temporarily) that time was almost standing still? Was it because we suspended our sense of trivial perception of reality and were actually experiencing ‘being alive’? We were able to truly understand what it is like to live in the moment – there here and now. That magical instant where time stands still and only the true essence of being alive matters. There is no worry about good, evil, god, devil, just you individually having an experience. But, something happens.

Growing up often means that we have to enter a workforce. Get a job. Get a car. Get a house. Maybe start a family. And those individual ‘things’ occupy our time. Having an occupation means that you focus upon your job. Having a family means that you have an occupation to support your family. You enjoy your family on evenings, weekends, and holidays. But your career, your home, your car, your whatever is truly at the forefront. You are no longer living in a true sense, your are simply surviving within the parameters of modern consumer based existing.

I’m not saying that you should quit your job, dump your family, and become a nomadic wanderer searching for deeper meaning to life while hitchhiking from coast to coast – not at all. But it is important to stop. Look around. And remember what is really going on. You are working towards death. Get out there and taste life every chance you can. Try to recapture those feelings you had when you were a kid. Try to get that sensation of timelessness as much as possible. Take chances. Take risks. How will you ever really know who you are if you do not take the time to challenge yourself? So what if you die during that challenge – at least you did it. You went after it. You didn’t just sit back in a recliner and watch the lives of other people on television You don’t have to envy what the other guy has because he is too busy envying you. You find your own method of measuring success. You set your own standards. You establish the bar and you live up to it. You realize that you do not answer to a higher authority beyond yourself. You do not waste your life hoping and praying for an even better afterlife. You recognize that this is that one shot. If you screw it up, if you don’t live it to the maximum extent, if you do not give every moment your full potential, you are doing nothing more than existing.

Don’t exist. Learn to live.

Don’t survive. Learn the thrive.

Don’t be an observer. Learn to be an actor.

Don’t be afraid. Learn to use ‘fear’ as a motivator.

Don’t hold back. Learn to give it your all.

Don’t simply die. Learn to experience and go out with a bang.

Again – none of knows how long we have. No crystal ball seer can tell us that, no psychic is going to define that scope for us. We must assume that this life is really is as short as it appears to be and get after it. Enjoy it. Pursue lustful desires. Embrace greed. Have seconds occasionally. Enjoy everything that ‘they’ would rather have you believe stifles your existence.

Don’t wait for motivation in some sign from a higher power. Your sign is that you know that you are dying. Get the fuck out there and enjoy this life. There’s nothing else after that.

Quality vs. Quantity

In an unrealistically perfect world, I like to think that global manufacturing would be able to find the appropriate proportion of quality and quantity. In this realistically imperfect world, it’s much more common to find manufacturing facilities focusing upon turning out high quantities of products while placing quality as only a secondary factor. So many places are concerned with nothing more than pushing out large amounts of product to get that product on store shelves. The checks and balance of quality control fall by the wayside and the consumers are left with an empty wallet and inferior product. Don’t forget that somebody, somewhere, working at a call center acting as a representative of the company takes the heat for the lack of quality control. At the end of the day, the people building the product are not the same people who have to represent it nor support it, therefore there is a huge disconnect of personal accountability when their sloppy work is realized through defective merchandise.

Obviously, every manufacturer wants to be profitable. There’s no profit in unassembled goods stored in warehouses collecting dust. You must take the raw materials and form it into some sort of product that consumers want to purchase. The manufacturer aims to buy those raw materials as cheaply as possible, this way they are able to maintain a higher profit margin when the final product is sold. We also must not forget about the force of employees who work together to build products, their salaries, marketing, and all other associated overhead that comes with the manufacturing process. But we must also recognize the actual cost of quality rather than the cost of labor, cost of raw materials can be far greater.

If you are not familiar with the term “cost of quality”, I’ll break it down. The cost of quality is not the price associated with creating a quality product. Rather, it’s the cost of failing to create a quality product. For example, if a production team produces 100 piece and 20 of them require additional work to make them complete, the costs involved in the reworking/repair/retooling/retesting all add up to represent the cost of quality. In other words, the cost of quality is the cost that would not have been incurred if quality were perfect. Don’t forget warranty coverage. This too must be accounted for. If the manufacturer offers some type of warranty period that is even more cost that is also added in detracting away from the profit of the end product.

There are three main factors that contribute to the creation of a quality product: engineering, raw material sourcing, and quality workers building the products.

Engineering encompasses the design and implementation of a new product. It begins with forming an understanding of the product “story” which leads to a product “backlog” that is then turned into a working item. During this phase you go through a lot of theoretical design, perhaps schematic design, sourcing the required materials to create the end product, and then the piecing together of the raw materials to create the product. The product is then tested thoroughly to ensure that all faults are detected prior to that product being released into a production phase where mass assembly takes place. The ultimate goal is to get the product as refined as possible before it gets into the hands of the consumers. However, it’s commonplace for products to get out into the “wild” with bug or other design faults that may have held up well in the laboratory and did not manifest or become recognized as an actual flaw until it was experienced by a real world user. Engineering tries to account for all possibilities, but there exists a large human element which is always prone to failure.

Most raw materials that are used in the manufacturing of consumer electronics come from overseas. The producers of those materials make millions of pieces at a time and ship them all over the world to manufacturing plants.  There are some businesses that supply reputable high quality products consistently. They are well known for providing material or components that have a low failure rate (of course, having a failure rate of 0 is virtually unattainable). There also exists a shadier underbelly of this realm, often referred to as a “black market” in some circles. These places often attempt to create components that are similar to the reputable components manufactured elsewhere, they often wear the same specifications and similar white sheets, but they cost a fraction of the “good stuff” and have a much higher rate of failure. Of course, the manufacturer may be more willing to accept that higher risk of failure based upon how much money they save in the long run. However, with do a proper analysis and understanding the concept of cost of quality, the manufacturer would certainly be in a position to realize that they are not actually saving much in the end. Frequent repair and reworking of final assemblies is certainly not profitable.

After you have a product designed and all components sourced, then it is turned over and placed into the hands of the production workers. The teams may be big or small. Each team can be segmented into various smaller specialty areas that are responsible for various processes within the assembly stage. It can range from working with sub-assemblies, testing procedures and much more. The final assembly stage turns the individual sub-assemblies into an actual product. Assuming that there was no failure in the points leading up to the final assembly, the result is a working product that is now ready to be packaged and palletized and sent off to a store shelf. However, if the quality of workers performing the tasks throughout the scope of the assembly process are not that great, then you are destined to encounter failure. For example, if someone is having a bad, it may translate into poor soldering or poor testing, or just generally shoddy work. If the people performing testing are on-point, they may detect faults prior to ending the product on its way through the line, but there exists the possibility for intermittent problems to be present that only manifest occasionally and manage to slip through the cracks and wind up in the hands of a paying consumer. If the workers have not been properly trained on the tools they are expected to use, you can hardly expect a good end result. If the workers have pride in what they do because they are working long hours and getting lousy pay, the product will suffer.

Assuming the product has made it through the different phases of turning idea into tangible goods, it eventually gets into the hands of a consumer who has paid for it with his hard-earned money. The consumer may have spent $50, $100, $500, or $1,000 for the product. To him, the amount of money may be a big investment and he expects it to work. What happens when it doesn’t work?

In some cases, the consumer may take the item back to the store he bought it from for an exchange. Other times the consumer may just take a refund and move on to a different brand of product. More frequently, the consumer finds a contact phone number or email address and reaches out to contact the company who has its brand name on the product. In more cases than not, the consumer is usually agitated and feels a need to vent their frustrations on somebody. That somebody happens to be a person who probably had no impact on the development cycle of a product. That person is just answering the phone to serve as a representative of the company. The consumer doesn’t think logically when angry, he just simply lashes out giving the entire focus of their attack to that guy who is just trying to hold a job hoping to get some sort of resolution. The cool-headed phone rep will often troubleshoot, determine the nature of the problem, and then provide options for ending the situation. It might be replacement, recommendation to exchange where it was purchase, or even the dreaded “please return the product to the manufacturer” speech. In all of this, however, the original people who are involved in the product creation process do not have to deal with it. From the engineer’s right down to the final assembly team, they never have to see that end of the spectrum. They never have to face the end result of poor quality work. They simply punch a time card and do their job, no matter lousy their performance may actually be.

A lot of the negative aspects of this can be avoided by properly addressing the three elements listed earlier. Quality engineering, working with quality raw materials, and having the end product assembled by quality workers results in a quality product. If one of the three is off or not working to potential, then the end is result is inferior products. And that point, you better damn well hope the manufacturer has a fantastic customer support team to take the heat and retain responsibility for the shortcomings in other areas of the process.

Accountability

We need more accountability in all areas of life. Be it in our personal actions or in the workplace, accountability seems to be in great decline. When I was a kid and did something stupid, I got punished. The punishment could have been an ass-kicking or something a bit lighter like being grounded for a week or two (grounded means that you were not allowed to hang out with friends, watch television, play video games, or take part in anything fun in order to provide you with plenty of time to reflect upon whatever is that you did to warranty said punishment). However, it seems like both parents and employers are almost afraid to take disciplinary actions these days. It’s easier to ignore a problem rather than face it and work to some sort of resolution.

Personal accountability means that you own your mistakes. If you screw something up or do something completely stupid, you have to deal with it. With the ever-softening politically correct world that we seem to be living in, accountability seems to be of little focus. Instead, we offer up multiple chances and do-overs (at least in non-lethal situations).

In the workplace, accountability should be incredibly inherent. If you are a manager or supervisor of a department or group of people and one of your subordinates has made a mistake, then you should confront that employee, point out the mistake, and try to ensure that it does not happen again. If it does happen again, the situation should escalate and a harsher outcome should result. If the problem manifests once again, you fire the person. Easy. Fix the problem by eliminating the source. At the same token, the supervisor or manager should also be held accountable. Make them own the problem just as much as the employee beneath him. People seem to have this disconnect between cause and effect. They continue making the same mistakes repeatedly because they understand that they will have infinite chances to try again. But there has to be a point where the futility of their trying is linked to a lack of ability which leads to the elimination of that employee from their duties as they can obviously do no better.

I see this happen far too often. Not only where I’m currently stationed, but in prior jobs as well. I think the fear of breaking the politically correct path or “being mean” with people due to the thought of facing some sort of personal punishment of their own is holding us back from making advancements. In a perfect environment, a failure rate would be zero. In reality, a much higher threshold exists. It exists and is set so high because there is no accountability. People are naturally lazy. They want to be paid top-dollar, yet they often do not offer top-performance. Everything in life should be set up within the confines of a meritocracy. People should be rewarded for remarkable work, rather than be treated like everyone else. This is why I thin unions are bullshit. We should realize that equality does not exist. Trying to develop a system to blanket an entire employee base as equals is pointless. You basically give the underachievers and worse employees the perks of those who are far superior, which is hardly fair to those who have exceeding well beyond the herd.

People are not equal. I’m not stating this from a male/female or black/white perspective, but based strictly upon skill sets and proven work. If two people are within a union and both are being compensated equally, yet one person is producing at a much higher level than the other, where is in the incentive for the superior person to continue working at his higher level? He is not being rewarded or recognized for his accomplishments and his work. He knows that the jackass next to him is at the same level and therefore he too begins to lower his own production in order to give validation to his anger. All because we are afraid to segregate the best from the worst.

The result is that you are simply empowering the unintelligent, the lazy, the weak. You are telling them that they are worth the same amount as the obviously superior person. How is that good for business? Everything should be based upon merit. If you are better than me and I make more mistakes, then you should be paid higher and I should be fired.

I think that this is part of why companies outsource. They can go set up shop in some third world country where people are willing to work their asses for next to nothing and they do a great job. In America, you have these workers with chips on their shoulders because someone at some point in their life told them that they were special. American workers demand top pay even though they are lousy workers, whereas the people in other countries are happy with any pay. We are spoiled. We lack the ability to appreciate. We want everything handed to us. We don’t see the value and meaning behind a hard days work. We’re fat, lazy, pieces of trash that were raised by people of equal stature.

Let’s get to a point where people are taught they are not special. Let’s explain that they are not equal and that equality is bullshit. Let’s tell people that they don’t “deserve” anything – you want something, you work hard for it. You can expect the world to reward you for nothing. Learn to be different and rise above the hoards. Strive for greatness. Strive for perfection. Strive to be the best motherfucker in this world. But also realize that you must be accountable for your actions. Nobody else can answer for you.