To Be a Human
by James Altucher: Nine
Ways To Light Your Creativity ON FIRE
altucher is a fing idiot on parade someone wrote on
a message board the other day. I dont really like parades.
But it got me to wonder about the psychology of people who take
valuable time out of their day to write things like that. Not just
about me but about anyone.
people get angry at me because I say in various ways that the world
is not falling apart. That were not all going to die at the
hands of some obscure European debt crisis or whatever the latest
crisis of the week is in the media.
feel very strongly against some of my opinions. One woman wrote
an article James Altucher is an idiot and then when
she was getting zero views she emailed me the article so shed
have at least one view. To guarantee one view you can email me an
article titled James Altucher is an idiot and
I am sure to read it at the very least out of curiosity.
replied on various message boards about what a F****ng loser I was,
They seem to
care more about my opinions than I do.
If my daughter
comes to me and says, Im sad because Id like to
have more friends then I would care about that. If my wife
were sick Id care about that. If I was sick I would VERY much
care about that. Im selfish. Id care about my own sickness
more than Id care about my daughters ability to make
friends. I also care if I am writing interesting things. Or if Im
reading books that will make me a better writer. Of if Im
winning more at chess now that Im taking chess lessons. I
care about these things. If people write to me and ask for advice,
I care a lot about the advice I give. But about the rest of the
world, I dont care at all. How big can one head be?
Why do I sometimes
care about the stock market?
I cant put this more bluntly: Ive been ass-fucked repeatedly
by the stock market for the past 15 years.
reasons you shouldnt buy stocks (even though I am very
bullish on it). Nobody should. I give ten reasons but the main reason
is: you buy a stock, then the media has people all over the place
saying, the end of the world is here so you better get out
of stocks, then everyone sells stocks, then the stock market
goes straight up. Why does the media do that? The obvious reasons:
fear and greed sell papers.
this happen every time, the exact same pattern: summer 1997, summer
1998, summer 1999, 2000-2002, summer 2004, summer 2005, late 2008/early
2009, summer 2010, and now summer 2011. Oh! I almost forgot: summer
1995 (irrational exuberance). But I wasnt in the
stock market then so I didnt care.
also. The market collapsed, everyone thought the world was over.
FOOLED YOU! The market went straight up for years after the big
But if I try
to remind people of this simple pattern that happens over and over
again, a lot of people get angry. Im not upset at them. I
dont blame anyone for being angry at me. But I can tell you
exactly why they were angry.
- Their fathers
or mothers didnt love them.
- Other kids
beat on them.
- Girls (or
guys) didnt like them or called them names.
- Their friends
So now they
want to do the same to other people. So rather than working at their
jobs they go from article to article and whatever message boards
they can, then anonymously spew their hate.
Many of these
people would like to kill themselves. I hate to say it but its
true. I feel bad for them. How do I know they would like to kill
themselves? How can I possibly be so psychic as to know this, particularly
since in most cases they are anonymous so I dont even know
what sex, age, race, religion, location, they are.
I know this
because they want the world to end. They keep blaming their problems
on how bad the world is. How the world is falling apart. How we
borrowed too much or how the United States is
going to fail or how Europe is going to take us down
or how China is going to take over the world. Its
an easy excuse so they dont have to blame themselves on their
own failures. They can blame me instead because I dont think
China is going to take over the world.
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