The Observer wrote:
arayder wrote:This isn't necessarily mental illness. . .it's just a poor thought process.
. . .I have seen many of these people fall prey to the "keeping up with the Joneses" to some degree. They have decided that life is to be valued by materialism, but they are unable to maintain that standard due to their income level, education, natural ability, social class, and other factors. But instead of being able to admit that their life is about as good as it is going to get (unless they commit to working harder, better, or improving their current standards of performance) they opt to take a shortcut. Which usually means either getting involved in a hare-brained scheme that results in a lowering of their wealth/income level (such as investing in a Ponzi scheme) or deciding to bend or break the law to improve their lot in life (by refusing to pay taxes as another example).. . .
I have always thought that the world is full of different people with often widely divergent skills and abilities.
IMHO, the modern western world, beginning with the industrial age, has narrowed the set of skills which are valued by society. I think this phenomenon has stressed individuals with different, less valued skills sets who remain sold on the idea of keeping up wth the consumer society.
It's enough to make a person crazy. The "different" folks, with different skills, who can walk away and live alternate life styles are to be lauded.
I can see why freemen who can't be who they are would be upset with the corporate world and blame the government for its role in promoting the consumer society. But, I can't count the times I have told freemen who don't fit society's mold that they need walk away from the 21st century's corrosive hyper capitalism.
The problem with current freeman/sovcit thought is that putting a load of freemen woo into a document isn't going to help one bit.