I remember having lunch with my dad a few days ago. I was talking to him about why I didn’t eat meat. As far as possible, I wanted to reduce the suffering I cause on other beings.
My dad, a meat eater, naturally defended himself by saying that animals eat each other in nature, and so it is natural for animals to kill and eat each other, and so we should kill and eat animals. But I reminded him that throughout history humans have fought against each other. We humans have tortured each other, and we have also raped, enslaved, and murdered each other. If nature is a guide for how a man is to live, why shouldn’t I murder another human and steal his belongings? Why shouldn’t I hold captive an attractive woman for my own pleasure?
I do believe that my dad is right though that cruelty is natural. We see it everywhere in different forms and different magnitudes.
Those who are strong take advantage of those who are weaker. This is a law of nature.
If you don’t like this law of nature, which I don’t, then there is a two-step solution:
1. Become strong.
2. Use your strength to protect the weak.
The first step is important. If you’re not strong enough to protect yourself, you will be exploited.
In today’s society, money is power, and debt is slavery, so try to focus on working hard, keeping expenses low, and keep savings high. Aim to produce passive income that sends cash into your bank account without you having to lift a finger. Try to minimize your debt as much as is reasonable.
Once your passive income exceeds your expenses, this means if you lose your job the next day, you can live off passive income. You are no longer dependent on your job. You can continue working, of course, but there is no stress. You don’t have to kiss the boss’s ass. You can take it easy at work. You have no credit card, car payments, or mortgage to pay. To minimize the risk that your investments fail, you have diversified your investments, making sure you have multiple streams of passive income. As they say, many streams form a river.
Once you are free, then life becomes serene and somewhat boring. You’ll probably feel the need to have more. You’ll want to work more, invest more, and produce more passive income to increase your satisfaction. Then you realize that you are similar to the average wage slave who borrows more and more just to buy more and more, thinking it will give happiness, but humans are strange in that they adjust to what they have and keep wanting more.
I suppose this is why it’s important to pursue some big goal, some unwinnable war that will give you meaning and purpose in life. For me, it’s reversing the natural law that the strong must be cruel to the weak. The strong can also protect the weak.
For others, it may be some other unwinnable goal.
For a long time I have been exploited by those above me. Many have cheated me, including trusted friends and even close family. I’ve been through a lot, but I try not to let these experiences bring me down. I understand that it is natural for others to cheat and lie. Even friends and family will do it. You need to accept it and expect it. You need to learn to live in the world, so you need to learn how to adapt to reality. This is essential if you want to build passive income and escape from wage slavery and become financially independent.
But once you are free, once you are lying on a deckchair by a pool in a beach resort thinking about your life, once you realize that your wealth and power enables you to exploit other beings for your own benefit, think about your own struggles. Think about what it took, the hard work, the difficulties, the loss of innocence upon realizing how cruel those above you can be, and then use your power to reverse this law of nature.
Reach out to others out there to help them avoid exploitation. Encourage them to break free from their shackles.