Yo! Today is day two of the stay-at-home-except-to-go-to-the-store quarantine. I’m loving it. I’ve got good books. My brothers are here to hang. I’ve got good food, and a lot of it. And I can write. And I’ve got some thoughts.
With that, a poem:
Corona virus is a terrible plague
Sent from God he’s no longer being vague
He wants you to denounce old sick ways
So that your moral soul will not decay
We are all materialistic slaves
But the road to riches is brightly paved
Not in gold or green but with virtue
Which we can celebrate under curfew
It’s this virtue that overcomes all wants
Want for wealth and sex will no longer haunt
Mind and body when you choose otherwise
Just follow the Lord, and life never dies
Fire and brimstone are being thrown at us
Read old books and celebrate Christmas!
Corona virus isn’t a terrible plague in the numbers it’s killing. It’s a bad illness as far as that goes. It’s a terrible plague because of what it’s doing to the financial markets. That’s a plague I can get on board with.
Yeah, I’m rooting for destruction to the financial markets. Fuck your money.
The financial markets have been ruining people for decades. The markets promised baby boomers hope as they worked for decades to make a strong retirement: images of beaches and fast cars and fine wine. These cars and wine were sold as happiness. Without these, there is no happiness. That’s how they were sold.
The generation skipped morality and boosted divorce rates, single-parent homes, adultery, and time spent in the office. Morality, Chistian values couldn’t compete with the shiny television ads that targeted, with precision, the insecurities of these aging heathens. Their lust for power, status, and sex had been building along with an economy that depended on these lusts since their youth. It became louder with each new technology they saw introduced.
Millennials are next. There’s some hope that our generation can turn away – we can drop our hope in the financial markets to save us. This is my call to action: stop depending on financial markets for your happiness.
My call to action is easy. I’m just asking that you stop doing something. We’re all so lazy (I read Netflix-use statistics). You don’t need to do anything. Millennials have been brainwashed to lust after sex and status from the moment they were born into this world by indoctrinated parents. They have a lot of unlearning to do, but this financial destruction is good for our souls.
What’s going to happen long term?
One of two things will happen. The markets will be flooded with cheap injections by the Federal Reserve and things will slowly ramp up to where they have been. That will only happen if enough money is injected and confidence is restored. I don’t think that will happen. I think most boomers will be too timid to inject money back into a system they know can take it all away in a moment. That’s a lot of money that won’t make its way back into the markets. Also, buyers would have to get back to buying, and buying everything. Jobs would have to rebound so people can spend.
Another option, one I’m rooting for, is a revolution of sorts. I want people to see the follies of their trust in an external system. I want people to turn toward the values I recommend and Jesus practiced.
If this happens, we would see smaller communities built on trust and helping each other. The building of small, self-sufficient economies that would survive a strong downturn.
As far as the day-to-day, life is good. I’m excited to be “working from home” I mean working from home. I’ve got books to read, starting with Dune. Let me know what you’re reading. I’m barely talking to people so I’d like to hear from you 😉
How do you have fun these days?
The quarantine is an opportunity. A long one, it turns out. Read, do pushups and sprints, get some sun, and write out your thoughts. Don’t write for attention, just write because it’s a healthy way to meditate and articulate your thoughts. And to synthesize thoughts from all the reading you’re doing, which should be a lot. Call your family and tell them you love them. Strengthen the relationships you do have. Hold everything you have close, and be grateful for it.
Come out of this corona thing stronger than you were. Remember, it’s strength that allows you to endure pain, including tough times. Be strong mentally, physically, and emotionally, and you are king. Or queen. Ladies.
I want revolution. I want the financial markets to be destroyed, along with trillions in retirement plans. And yet, I’m an optimist.
More individuals will find happiness as they are shown the false promises of glory that are advertisements for material things and beautiful retirements. Don’t wait for retirement. Be happy now. Be happy by not wanting things. Stop depending on financial markets, and everything else external for your joy. Love yourself, Christ, and others.