First, you may be surprised by how rare it is for people to respect reality (at least how I mean that phrase). Before I detail that, why would anyone be interested in what I mean by respecting reality? What are the rewards available (or the costs that can be easily avoided)?
If you have already looked at the results reported on this site, then you know that the rewards can be unusually attractive. For investors, the rewards are safe, large profits. Plus, respecting reality allows for extremely efficient benefits in other areas like health, family, and business.
> Respect: that simply means to notice something for what it is. Be willing to admit to having presumptions or expectations. Then if your observations do not match your presumptions, be willing to update your expectations to match reality.
What many people do is to condemn realities that do not match their expectations. They basically panic. They want to change other people, change the weather, change the government, and change the economy.
All of those outcomes are possible. The problem with promoting change in a hysterical panic is that it is easy to miss a lot of relevant details. It is easy to place blame hysterically and then make enemies and attract opposition and resistance.
> Why don’t people respect reality?
The short answer is social programming. I will say more about that below.
The principle of harvest
I will illustrate the principle of harvest with a parable.
Imagine ten people go to a casino. First, five of them borrow $200,000 to spend. The other five only use their own money.
First, would you presume that the people who are risking their own money might be more selective about how they use it? The five who borrowed money probably do not have much money of their own. However, just because they borrowed the money does not mean they will spend it foolishly. If someone is extremely desperate and excited by greed, then they will eagerly borrow money to spend it on absolutely anything that they think has a “decent” chance of making a profit. in contrast, the people risking their own money may be much more picky.
So, eight of them go to play the slot machines. They do not really consider the odds of winning. They are not at the casino to make a profit. They are mainly there for entertainement. They perceive that they have more money than they need, so they do not mind if the odds strongly favor the casino.
If they win, they will get an emotional high. If they lose, they complain briefly but then come back again soon to do the same thing again.
Again, they are not there to consistently profit. They are there to feel better. Maybe they came to socialize. Maybe they came to sabotage their finances, then create a safe justification for displaying grief (which can be shamed as basically a mental illness in cultures that feature the most hysterical forms of political-correctness or fascism).
Also, the gamblers may feel tense (maybe about money, but often about something else). They are willing to spend money on a distraction to give them some relief from their tension.
The other two walk right past the slot machines. They are there to earn money. They are not there for socializing or games of luck. They are there for games of skill.
So, they play cards. Maybe they play poker. They might watch the players at a few different tables and look for a table where they think they are most likely to do well.
Before they start playing, they learn the rules of the game. Then, when they start playing, they look carefully at their cards. They are willing to discard to improve their chances of winning. They place their bets based on what they see in their own hand and what they observe at the poker table.
If they lose, they learn. They probably do not blame anyone at the table. They do not say they want to find a politician who will change the rules of poker.
If they win, they also learn. The more that they win, the more that they are interested in being an even better competitor.
Finally, imagine that one of the eight who was playing slots comes over to play poker as well. Maybe they are playing with their own money (not borrowed money). If so, they might be more disciplined and conservative.
If they do not know the rules, they might still play, but they will bet small. They will be conservative. They are mainly there to learn, with no expectation to win every single hand.
Maybe they are disappointed at the results of gambling on slot machines. Maybe they are ready for better odds and more discipline.
Will they be willing to look at the cards in their hand? Will they be willing to discard? Will they be interested in what the other players are doing?
So, back to the principle of harvest, if someone places a lot of bets that are low-quality bets, then what results could be expected? They might do well for a while, but eventually their lack of discipline will probably be very expensive.
What about someone who place only a few big bets, but all of them are very good odds. They may lose half the time or even more. However, if they manage their money so that they never risk a large amount of their assets (their chips), then eventually they can build up quite consistent profits.
In some games, they would prefer to fold whenever they get dealt very bad cards. They do not need to play every round to the end. They are there to look for the best opportunities and then to capitalize on them. (They might even invest in the casino itself.)
Now, what games does the casino promote most? They build a lot of emotion around a grand prize, then create a game that has extremely good odds for the casino.
They are similar to governments selling lottery tickets to transfer wealth from the purchasers to the government. Sure, the government may pay out a few big prizes occasionally, but the prize money
that they pay out is just a small fraction of the revenues that they receive from selling lottery tickets.
The business of the casino is to attract people to come to play games with very good odds for the casino (to enrich the casino). The casino wants to attract people who will be the donors for a transfer of wealth to the casino. The more that excited, desperate people come and dump their money in to bad bets, the better that is for those who own and operate the casino.
Shorter version of “the harvest principle: you can only reap what you sow.”
If you plant seeds for sweet red apples, you can get sweet red apples. If you plant seeds for tart green apples, those seeds never produce sweet red apples.
Stock markets (and other investment markets) are a lot like casinos. They do not produce any wealth. They simply transfer wealth. On average, they transfer wealth from the undisciplined to the disciplined. Sometimes the transfer is sudden and large. Sometimes the transfer is slow and steady.
Reality: It is everywhere. Nothing is beyond it. It is omnipresent.
There is no power beyond it. It is omnipotent.
There is no knowledge outside of it. There is nothing before it or after it. It is eternal.
In certain ancient spiritual traditions, the label for something that is eternal, omnipotent, and omnipresent is “the Almighty God.” The idea of those teachings is that everything is made through the same process. Villains, victims, and saviors are all created by that same creative process.
Some people argue over various real words. Some say “I do not believe in reality. Can you prove that reality exists? How can you say that reality is everywhere? I do not see reality anywhere at all?”
Those people may be hysterical. They could argue over the word God or the word nature or the word universe. Does the universe exist or not? Is nature eternal? Does reality end 24 miles to the east?
Next, what is the Will of God? If something happens, then we can call that the Will of God. Whatever happens, how it happens, and when it happens are simply details that we can respect.
Why are there casinos that attract people to blow money on odds that are almost as bad as a state lottery? If it exists, it is God’s will for it to exist.
Why are there governments that threaten violence against people who do not give a big portion of their wealth to the government in the form of taxes? If it exists, it is God’s will for it to exist.
Another ancient teaching is that if we respect the creative process behind every detail of reality, then we will also respect every creation (including every creature). Even though we may be repulsed by a particular creature or disgusted or horrified, we can still respect every creature as a manifestation of the will of Nature.
When a Pharisee asked Jesus Christ what teachings were the most important, that is the answer recorded in the Bible as what Jesus said in response. Some people might repeat the words of a translation and even worship certain words of a certain translation.
We can respect that, right? After all, if something happens, then that is God’s will, right?
Some people learn a story about respecting reality. They might find it intriguing. Maybe they keep learning from that story for years or decades after they first learn it.
What rewards can be reaped from respecting reality? First, every single risk that exists can be respected and sometime svery easily avoided.
Next, respecting other people can be extremely conducive to enjoyable interactions and healthy relationships. Further, recognizing when an individual or group is operating in a hysterical panic can be beneficial. Dangers can be avoided.
In fact, some groups may even promote hysteria and panics in individuals or groups. Casinos, governments, and many other operations may thrive off of the obedient contributions of the masses.
What is a common form of hysteria promoted by governing institutions? Ideas of how things should be and should not be are important. If people are rewarded for repeating slogans like “the government cares about me personally,” then they may presume that state lotteries offer better odds than a casino game. They may presume that government-regulated businesses are safer or more favorable to the general public.
After years of conditioning and programming, the masses may develop a sense that “the government is our Almighty savior who is taking care of everything,” so they are complacent and naive. Then, when they plant seeds of green, sour apples, they can complain that the government should pass a law to make those seeds in to seeds that produce sweet red apples.
Why does mainstream religious programming result in so much confusion, social anxiety, and shame? Because it is God’s will for that programming to have the same effects as the programming of mainstream media and mainstream schools.
If people are programmed to worship slogans like “the mainstream media is our Almighty savior who is taking care of everything,” then that can be very good for business. Are you ready to respect the reality of propaganda and start benefiting from it rather than attempting to pretend it does not exist?