Happy New Year, and all . . .
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 - 11:11pm
Well first off, Happy New Year everyone!
After months and months of crazy busywork as a trial lawyer, the Holidays are a welcomed break from the action. My normal posting days of Wednesday, fell exactly on Christmas and New Years, so that too was a perfectly fine excuse to take some time off and recharge.
Glad to see Stephanie aboard, too. It is excellent to have her here, giving us yet another facet and viewpoint.
With that said, I did also manage to drift off and obtain some new insights.
I want to share one now, and next week I can dig into something that has been troubling me for a long time, and I just do not have the capacity to figure it out.
Here is the insight. Imagine if you will, being in China, living in a large urban area. You are a hard working, 25 year old, single, Chinese male. You have an average education among the average men of your age in that Chinese city. You have listened to your politicians, your elders, and have moved to the City to earn a living. You choose to live there, because you have evaluated your situation, and this is the best choice for you at the moment. You have decided to spend whatever little you manage to keep, after payment of expenses on food, clothing, shelter, on something worthwhile for you alone to enjoy. So you go to the shop near where you live, and you buy ___________________.
Same scenario, except you are in America, living in a large urban area. You are likewise, a hard working WHITE male, 25 years old, single. All things being the same as the above example, you decide to go to a shop near where you live, and you buy ______________________.
Now, do the same exact scenario, except in this one, you are a 25 year old black male, single. All other things being the same, you decide to go to a shop and buy ___________________.
I did this thought experiment for awhile as I ran last weekend. (I am preparing for my first 50 mile ultramarathon, the PCT in San Diego County in May). So, as I am running, thoughts drifting here and there, I ran this scenario above.
Here are my answers, based on my reasoned conclusions as a result of me living my life and seeing what I have seen, doing what I have done. The Chinese guy buys GOLD, in whatever form he can. The white American buys a GUN, or sports equipment, or something to try and get laid with, straight out of the local mall. The black American buys the latest Jordan’s, or something similar to the white guy from the mall, but the purchase is pure conspicuous consumption.
Perhaps they expose some bias in me, or reflect poorly upon my educational background or demographic grouping? Or, perhaps my conclusions are like many other people who draw those same conclusions based on similar experiences and observations?
No matter. It is just a thought.
But then I ask why and what is it about my cultural upbringing and consumerism that allows me to reach these reasoned conclusions?
As I read stories after stories from the alternative and main stream media, I see a pattern, for sure. Chinese people are buying gold, while Americans are buying pure crap from the Chinese, or perhaps guns.
Does our media encourage gun buying or ownership, or glorify it by having cultural icons get awards for gun ownership? Not necessarily, but violence SURE IS CELEBRATED. Look at the yearly movie awards, and music awards. Violence is a hit [pun intended]! We do see that gun ownership and possession are certainly frowned on by the left, but the right pushes an endless agenda of Second Amendment dogma, so I am pretty comfortable in my belief that it is a wash.
But in America, is gold buying viewed as noble, or something to strive for? Heck no!
Why then is gold buying by the Chinese people so highly encouraged?
Why is gold buying by the American people so highly discouraged?
What can be said about the seeming disconnect between celebration of violence, but stigma from actually possessing a firearm, or worse still, using one?
Which country is on the upswing, versus which is on the downswing?
Would a country on the upswing encourage savings and investment in the universal store of value?
Is it not obvious what is going on?