"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
Sure things are different. I said nothing about me being better, I just like things that don't all apart in 5 months and I like food that tastes good and is good for me. Cosco bulk products are largely crap. Wal Mart is generally junk. No biggy. My $3,000 Fary Fisher MB (bought in 1996) doesn't make me better, it is just a better mountain bike than some crappy $500 one from Wal Mart. That is all. I can hit massive air, my shocks and brakes last longer, work better, etc. we eat organic, in general, and that food is simply better than processed crap. My friend would buy 5 little Mama Celeste pizzas for $5 and they were crap. I would make my own and put fresh ingrediants on it. Does it make me better? Heck no, but It is better for me, tastes better, etc. He called me a snob, I just thought it tasted better and was better for me.. what is wrong with that? The beer thing, yeah one guy I know loved MGD. Whatchya gonna do?
Am I just an average guy? Most likely... But what is average really?
I'm a male... lots of those.
I'm white... nothing special there.
I'm American... 300 million of those.
At this point, I'm not going into the history books for anything, and even if my dad and I publish, that doesn't mean much either...
I do extreme sports. Big Wave surfing, extreme downhill mountain biking, free rock climbing, big wave bodysurfing 20+ feet, to name a few... is that "average"?
I have a double major, and a Masters... is that "average"?
We own our own business... is that "average"?
I am a volunteer fire fighter and have helped save the lives, personally, of 6 people... is that "average"?
I used to teach inner city gang youth and incarcerated juvenile offenders... is that "average"?
I have lived in three different countries and in both hemispheres... is that "average"?
In the end, I will die, my daughters will live on but even they will and we will all be dust in the Earth. *shrugs*
If all humanity died, the earth will just go on truckin, not caring...
Earth itself, though, I doubt is average... sure, it is a planet, but how many can support life? out of the 8 in our Solar System, only one can, that is not avegage...
The average response to that question was an unwavering belief in - held with practically religious fervor - the existence of hyperintelligent little green men who (Of course!) have the ability to traverse hundreds of light years of open space by the simple expedient of hitting the "warp drive" button in the cockpit of their spaceship.
I argued that creatures with comparable intelligence to ourselves are far from average and, even if they did exist, they couldn't possibly cross interstellar space.
I strive to accomplish my personal goals, and dreams.
I never think in terms of average or not average.
All that talk of getting older and losing your energy had me picturing you as a dottery seventy-year-old. Now I (42) really feel old! If you were here in this room with me, I'd hit you with my cane!
Seriously, in my field, economics, most of the major contributions were made by people 31 years old:
Carl Menger, Principles of Economics; age 31
Ludwig Mises, Theory of Money and Credit; age 31
Friedrich Hayek, Prices and Production; age 31
Victor Aguilar, Axiomatic Theory of Economics; age 33, though I was 31 when I sent it to the printer.
Of these people, none went on to greatness in middle age. The muse came to them and then she went. Hopefully, their biographies will show you young'uns some of the pitfalls that lay ahead of you.
Menger spent the rest of his life refusing to allow his Principles to be re-printed because he was on the verge of writing his magnum opus. He finally died in his eighties without ever writing it. Today, Menger's Principles is considered one of the most important economics books ever. Nobody is really sure why he wouldn't let it be re-printed during his lifetime or what improvements he thought his never-to-be-written magnum opus would include.
Mises made little contribution to economics after Money and Credit until he was ressurected by the fame of his student, Hayek, in the thirties. In 1949 Mises wrote Human Action, intended to be his magnum opus, at the age of 68. (Admittedly, getting chased out of Austria by the Nazis and then spending the war years learning English in a New York apartment caused unavoidable delays.) Human Action was a thick and ostensibly scholarly book, but it fell far short of Money and Credit in original contributions and conspicuously failed to correct the problems in Money and Credit. After that, Mises became a bitter old man and wrote a series of low quality papers targeted to the cult that was forming around him.
Hayek took England by storm when he arrived from Vienna to give a series of lectures at the London School of Economics in the 1930-31 school year. Prices and Production was the transcript of his lecture notes. (His accent was too thick for his students to understand his lectures without notes.) But lecture notes aren't intended to be a magnum opus. Hayek tried and failed to write a systematic treatise, leaving us today with Prices and Production as his only work in economics. After the war, Hayek gave up economics and turned to political philosophy, at which he had more success.
At FRIEDRICH AUGUST VON HAYEK we read, "Hayek attempted to work a new system in his Pure Theory of Capital (1941), which he originally envisioned as a part of a larger work. In it, he attempted to develop a joint theory of investment and capital. Inexplicably, his 1941 book fell dead-born from the press and proved to be his last substantial effort in the area of theoretical Neoclassical economics." Honestly, I tried reading Pure Theory of Capital and found it dense and uninspired. Admittedly, publishing only months before the attack on Pearl Harbor was unlucky timing but, it is also true that, by 1941, the muse had left Hayek behind - she comes and then she goes.
I published Axiomatic Theory of Economics a decade ago and, I can tell you, if it were somehow lost and I had to write it again, it would never happen. I just wouldn't have the energy to go though all that again. I can remember the mountains I climbed, but I cannot remember where I found the energy I consumed in climbing them. Now I spend my time promoting my theory on the internet. Hopefully, I won't become a bitter old man like Mises or fall to the siren song of catering to the sycophants in society who are always trying to form a cult around someone.
On the subject of this thread, striving to be normal, I have a page on my website that addresses this topic in a humorous way: Has anything like Axiomatic Economics been done before?
Imagine how Einsteins life was. No one freaking understood him, except a very small group of smart people. No wonder he was anti-social and crazy.
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