Sketch for a Theory of Persistent Passions (vii)

Forget days off
If you want to get on and stay on

Because there’s a price to pay
For every bit you earn and coin you own

So only take time out
To sharpen your arsenal

And know there’s nothing comfortable
About journeying to the top

For those who do the most
Understand the cost…

And that time is the only loss
That affects earning potential


Flux

The exercise of influence
Without checks and balances
Creates a disconnect
Between a contriver and those affected by his suppositions, inferences or actions

Thus a value creator
Whose achievements rightfully deserve to be lauded
But with a reputation shrouded in controversy
Will ultimately be left in the lurch or knocked off his perch
Often without discredit to his ingenious contributions


Power Brokers: The Case of Connie & Teiid vs The People (ii)

All he wanted was to direct markets, payments and innovation like Dave Ramsden
But he didn’t want to be a currency dictator like Montagu Norman

All she wanted was to exercise her powers in the shadows like Dorothy Thompson
But she didn’t want to be part of a structure like the Court of the Bank of England

So when they met at the beach hotel on Cap d’Antibes
They discussed their shared views on money and the impending crisis
And how together they could profit from it

But in order to do so they had to devise a strategy
To set in motion a scheme that would dwarf the Match King’s
And they planned the execution to a tee
Viewing their alliance as a match made in heaven
One that would handle the crisis better than Roger Ferguson and Annette Nazareth during 9/11

(to be cont’d)


An Odyssey For All Eternity

In times like this
One can’t help but agree with Livy
That the most stable & long-standing empire is that in which subjects take pleasure in obeying

This appears to be the state most citizens of the world are in
Or at least it seems to me
That we care very little for civil liberties
Only when it serves our egos and imagery

On social media – feeds full of trivialities
On the telly – doomsday bulletins, crisis after crisis
On computer screens – conspiracies about digital IDs and 5G…

Reminds me of that 80s film They Live
Most things considered and in all seriousness
One can foresee those who live into the future say, or their offspring hear/read
That once upon a time there was a phenomenon called covid-19

But hardly did society stop to think
That perhaps as part of the great odyssey we call existence
Our collective consciousness is, as history has time and again revealed
Shaped by desires common to all humanity – fundamentally

Whether that be greed or a propensity for logical fallacies
Our impressionable human qualities, abilities and sensibilities
Have made us the most sophisticated of all the species
If human assessment is anything to go by
Yet, to the rest of nature we just might be
The most disruptive force there is or ever was
For all eternity


End of March

Looking down, abashed
As markets crash
The capital class fear loss of status
Nonetheless, some in that bunch will gain much
As a result of access to insider information
Or simply the ability to adjust positions and adapt to new market conditions
Such that forces move in their favour even during a credit crunch

The so-called consumer class
Don’t fully understand their plight – such a farce
On their minds – debilitating comforts
Their actions – faux pas, peccadilloes and digital stunts
Their wishes – maintaining gainful employment
Their worries – basics becoming scarce
Lives of the soon to be the underclass – alas!

Those without – the marginalised
Have little to live for
Since minus the virus
They’d still be facing the demise
So one wonders how long their hopes will last


Sentiment vs Common Sense

To understand cause and effect
One has to research

To occupy land
One has to pay tax

To influence change
One has to earn respect

For it matters not so much the consequence
If one doesn’t understand the intent

Matters little what one’s post code reads
If one’s name is not on the title deed

Matters less what one says
If the message falls on deaf ears


Capital & Custody

To ensure lasting success, proper self-custody of your financial assets is vital

But that requires self-control and the ability to assess and mitigate risk

So if becoming wealthy is top of your priority list

Learn not only how to acquire and keep possession, but also how to multiply and earn maximum interest on your capital


in the beginning is truth

Grasping truth is the easy part

Because truth speaks to nature

And all things are of it

Accepting implications of said truths however

Demands more than a change of feelings

It requires discarding old ideas around perceived stature

It prompts new beginnings


Game of Throngs (vi)

People pay attention and worse pay with their hard-earned income to watch others attempt to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges

Particularly when failure and assassination of character are the high risk factors

They’ll bet billions if consensus is that odds can’t be beat unless one pulls off a Bill Benter

So much that self-efficacy for most is a concept only to be explored vicariously

Self-effacing attitudes that breed cowardice through avoidance of shame

But in a world which is but a playground and wherein we must all choose to either observe from the sidelines or get in on the action

We’re all simply part of the game, so why not take more risks and at least live our lives to the fullest?


Bonds

A bond is a business and every business is a bond

To the unlock the keys to success requires buy-in and commitment, predicated on the expectation of maximum value extraction from a proposition

And once there’s an agreed Shamir’s secret sharing like setup, all parties can have full confidence in a shareholding scheme