Talent

Your “talent” is not some magical force you can tap into, it has always been built up over time. You did that. Every talent you have, you have accumulated and that process started when you were conceived, in your mother’s womb. “I don’t have talent” is never an excuse. It is never too late to start building talent. Make the world your womb. Stay hard.

Exodus 41

And Moses sayeth unto the LORD I implore you my LORD, could you give me a glass of water? The LORD, comfortably seated was holding in His hand a celestial glass of water. But His heart was capricious and on that day, He did not feel like charity, nor did the thought cross His mind

Profit maximization is a ‘clean’, strong forcing idea, i.e. one that allows for the abstraction from local context. It binds human actions together in a social structure that proves very hard to disentangle. Communal welfare cannot abstract from life in this way. The internal motivation hinges on local outcomes and thus erodes, leading either to societal collapse or suppression, which represent more primitive forcing ideas, namely following orders and immediate survival.

“What is the purpose of life?”
“Mainly gloating over the misfortunes of others”
“And you say evil comes from religion, huh?”
“…And then there’s irony.”
Christopher Hitchens

“A value debased and an illusion unmasked have the same pitiful form; they resemble each other and there is nothing easier than to mistake one for the other.”

From: The Joke by Milan Kundera