@DeathSaint The western world has ingrained into people that you need to ace school, go to college, probably a graduate level education as well, get a six-figure job, work 14 hours a day, get married, have kids, support the family, and always be busy busy busy walking this path of sacrifice until the day you die. All on top of staying fit and healthy, doing your share of the housework, spending quality time with family and friends, and having an attractive personality and developed social network. If you spend a single minute where you aren't being 1000% productive, you're some kind of loser.
This wasn't always the way, and it's not the way in many cultures. There used to be happiness to be found living somewhere where the weather is nice, working a regular job, making enough to pay for your needs, and just being. The western world looks down on these people as backward idiots. I'm not saying that there's ever any excuse to be flat out lazy and underachieve, but if you ever find yourself in a place where learning guitar, a new language, a martial art, and waking up each morning to meditate and go swimming or something like that is bringing you more happiness than that next promotion at work, maybe working only 8 hours a day instead of 14 as long as you have enough money to live on is okay and might be a better path to happiness than being Mr. 1000% productive all the time.Read More
@Guy I haven't developed the nose for that yet. It always seems like some random thing just pumps out of the blue, then dumps in the next few days, and it's never the thing I'm holding. And it always seems to be some random thing I haven't heard about and would never have thought about buying. I've made modest gains buying the normal stuff everyone buys and sitting on it, but not rich fuck you money yet.
@Guy Yeah. In general, people seem to use the BTC price as shorthand for the crypto market. As in "When BTC hits 32k, buy more of your preferred cryptos, and not necessarily BTC specifically", though BTC is always a safe bet, while not all of the altcoins are still going to be here after the next bear market.
One of the most common way investors lose money is chasing opportunity.
For example, selling all of your bitcoin at a loss to jump into a pumping alt hoping it keeps pumping is rolling the dice hoping to get lucky. Over-trading and chasing pumps is how most non-expert investors lose a lot of money.
@redpillschool Definitely. An interesting perspective I saw on YouTube is that if you were one of those investors who bought into the hype in 2017-2018 and ended up buying at the (then) all-time-high of almost 20k, then bitcoin crashed, you might have thought to yourself "I made a terrible mistake!" and sold out just to get back whatever money you could.
But selling out would have been the terrible mistake. If you bought at the all time high in 2018 and just sat on it (or better yet, kept buying more at lower prices throughout the bear market), you would be in profit today, right now. Even after the huge dump from 64k to 30k, you would still be in profit at 30k.
Unless you actually think bitcoin is going to zero, then if you bought at the all time high of 64k, trying to sell at a loss to re-buy even lower to make a little extra, and trying to play trading games with the tiny short term ups and downs, is chicken-shit and playing stupid games with risk. If you just hold your overpriced bitcoin and keep buying using money from your paycheck instead of trying to gamble with trading (if you don't have a steady paycheck with extra disposable income to lose, you don't have any business investing), you'll be in profit in the future. If not this bull market cycle then the next one.Read More
@Guy The way I see it, if I buy at 32k and it crashes to 20k, I'll just buy more and lower my average buy-in price even more. It's not like crypto is going to zero. Eventually, whatever I put in at 32k and any other price point lower than that will be in profit. Worrying about how if only I'd held on to all of my dollars until the absolute bottom and bought it all then is a pipe dream. I'm just as likely to hold my dollars and guess wrong and have to buy in higher. So whatever my educated guess price points are, I stick with those.
@Typo-MAGAshiv I don't think it's a fight that's winnable.
We're past the point where voting Republican and standing up for ourselves on Facebook is going to push the pendulum back.
Unless you have enough manpower and guns, that can organize on the internet without being caught or stopped, to impose a benevolent right wing dictatorship and keep the rebels squashed and under wraps for enough decades that they'll give up (which has its own very, very serious problems), the best bet is to go somewhere safer with your money and let the system fail on its own.
@destraht There's a fine line in the US between "talking about the field of (engineering, law, medicine, therapy, whatever else)" and "practicing without a license".
The license is where they get you. Once you have a license, if you say or do anything, even in your private life, that isn't reflective of the views of the licensing body or the profession (read: being against woke/progressive liberal causes or otherwise making trouble for the elites), you get stripped of your license and can't practice your profession or support your family and pay the rent/mortgage any more.
Licenses are how they cancel you. They make it so you can't be financially successful and earn a living if you're a certain type of person.
@BigBoiBahmani The progressive snake even eats itself sometimes.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the ultra woke progressive artsy fartsy weirdo who wrote the musical "Hamilton", which was cast using all people of color except for the villain and took numerous historical liberties to shed light on woke progressive issues, came under fire because his ultra-woke progressive take on a period of American history, where he literally had an entire black and latino cast inserting lines about pro-woman, anti-slavery, and pro-immigrant issues, wasn't woke enough because he didn't make a big enough deal in the musical about slavery.
In his most recent work "In the Heights" (which he actually wrote back in college but it only became famous and got made into a movie after he got famous), an all latino and one black guy cast tells a story about a latino block in New York and the issues they face. He once again came under fire for not properly representing the latino demographic - there weren't enough black latinos to be representative. (I mean, if we want to be really representative of the population, half of his cast should have been white, but who's counting.) But yeah. He issued a public apology for not having enough dark-skinned "Afro-Latinx" people in his all latino movie. There was a black guy, but he was black black, not Afro-latino.
Seriously, conservative people should just move to an island somewhere, duck, and let these idiots destroy each other.Read More
@Typo-MAGAshiv The root cause is more fundamental than Hollywood or the media. I haven't quite figured out where it comes from, but the big problem with the ultra liberal woke progressive belief system is that the people who hold these beliefs don't think that their beliefs are beliefs.
They think that their beliefs are just common sense universal moral standards that obviously apply to everybody. They don't see their way of thinking as one side or position, while there are other sides and positions. They see their way of thinking as something that's so obviously how it is that anybody who is different isn't a different side of the issue, but somebody morally deficient who is in denial of reality.
In their world, if you donated a hundred bucks to Trump's campaign, that doesn't just make you Republican with conservative views. It makes you a deficient human who has done something anybody with common sense can see is a completely invalid, and not a view at all because it flies against common sense and obvious reality.
So sure are they that their way of thinking is the common sense obvious universal truth that applies to everybody that they'll take their current viewpoints today, in 2021, and apply them to every culture in the world, across all of space and time. This is how we end up with lunacy, like Dr. Seuss being judged as a racist by today's standards, George Washington, a scholar and hero who overthrew tyranny, being thought of as a backward white male oppressor, and the freest and most culturally diverse nation in the world where countless immigrants from all over have made fortunes being condemned for somehow being the most bigoted nation in the world built on the backs of marginalized groups.Read More