“REAL” FI/ER is all about simplifying your life (*)
Couple of things before getting to the post:
A BIG Thank you to Macs helping to feature a great post on the blog. The ideas of Macs’ post are of the timeless variety, the ones that were in practice before we joined the ranks of Homo Industrialis (cf., Wade Davis’ writings on Old-World indigenous societies from across the World) — which has, for a brief period in time, allowed us to live in a fantasy of waving plastic cards that in turn spill paper strips called “money” out of machines(*) that lets us all become Cinderella at will.
(*) also referred to as “dark ages of technology” by EREistas.
“Three amigos” (bigato, buzz, m741 and matxm?) from the ERE forums have started a new blog called SkillsFIRE. I also discovered an Indian blog on FI+ER which is a personal Yahoo moment for me! Yay! Make those Indian voices count!
And we get to the point of the post
When the OWS movement (aka we are the 99 percent) started, much was offered by way of facts, opinion, stereotype busting, even metaphors and exhortion about the protests. While I feel somewhat unqualified to offer anything new in the face of the wonderful commentaries like those I have linked above, my USP seems to be in using comic strips as plot devices for anything that life throws at me ;-).
Exhibit A: Tintin in America
Exhibit B: Blondie by Dean Young
The compass of acceptable Capitalism seems to be these two images always. Anywhere in the World today, if I have to generalise Capitalism at work, I need to go no further than either the robber barons (Ex. A), or the evidently self-important paper/pencil pushers who revel in death by hyper-regulation and control (Ex. B). And places like India offer both images at the same time for its hapless victimscitizens!
If one interpolates further enough with either of the two images, it becomes evident that the framing of the context will lead to a victim/loser in any of the many ways in which each scenario can play itself out. In fact, both these scenarios, is the first exposure towards Capitalism or Economics that everyone gets in their life as well (Just skim through the rules).
Ergo, the game is rigged right from the start. Sooner or later, in either scenario, you will find that depending on the framing of the problem you will be viewing yourself as a loser (*)!
And this is what needs to be internalised. Whether you free everything, or you regulate everything, we will end up with the “99 percenters”.
(*) “My journey towards financial independence started with a hefty dose of anti-consumerism. Later I joined the dark side and became a capitalist. Hey, when you’re wealthy, you too will suddenly find yourself with a negative opinion on the capital gains tax” — Jacob Fisker. Another Post on the topic.
Indeed, that is why Jacob goes to great lengths to point out, ERE is only an early stage preparation phase, not the do-all, end-all as some take it to be. As he tried to point out (unsuccessfully, based on the pathetic comments), the final goal would be to live in such a manner that your lifestyle is never framed to be a victim (or a perpetrator), but to live the life of a maverick, or in other words, a renaissance man.
Memo to self: One of these days, I got to give a big tip to Jacob for putting out all the content for me to simply hyperlink and make my point ;-)
P.S: If anyone can point me to the Blondie strip where she is made to run pillar to post to every desk in the office, it would be lovely!