GOOD TO BE KING?
I’ve always advocated minimum wage jobs for a number of reasons. You can replace it almost anywhere, whereas any high faluten job is much harder to duplicate as there aren’t many of them. And since everyone will eventually get laid off, probably after a damn Chinese commie company buys off the business with otherwise worthless Obammy Bonds ( you are gone, the new managers non English speaking nephew is in. Or, you are out and the plant is moved overseas to the home country ), you need to plan on a job replacement no matter where you are now. For another thing, crap jobs can never pay you less. You always have a wage foundation as some kind of security ( purchasing power of course is a different matter ). It forces you to live below your means, save for a rainy day and etc. Generally, minimum wage means little to no credit, so you are usually forced to be frugal and prudent with cash ( usually- sometimes you simply can’t make a mule drink from the water you led him to ). Most importantly, your sanity is preserved, your stress levels are reduced and your health is improved as you are engaged in physical labor rather than morphing into a potato in front of a cubicaled computer. I think the same thinking can be applied to the position of the post Apocalypse king. Monty Python aside ( I believe it was them ), sometimes It Ain’t Good To Be The King.
Life is indeed like a crap sandwich. The more bread you have the less crap you have to eat. But that doesn’t mean the king doesn’t have to eat ANY crap, just a lot less. Think of it as a light spread rather than applied with a five gallon bucket. And besides, that might not be the best analogy. I prefer the Crap Pyramid instead. In accordance with the laws of physics, crap rolls downhill. The bottom tier does all the work and suffering and the top tier vomits abuse and idiocy downwards. In this world, you want to be in one of two places. At the very top, since no crap will touch you. Or at the very bottom where most of the crap has been deflected by middle management and supervisors. That was the main reason I got out of the Army. I could have perhaps worked with the backstabbing office politics and officer gross incompetence but I had no desire to be an NCO. Policy was to kick you out after several years unless you gained rank but I had no wish to be in the middle of lower enlisted discontent and higher ranking retards. Who could win in that situation? There are all kinds of “incentives” to get you in the middle, from whopping five percent pay raises to fancy titles, but it is a suckers game. Twice the work, all the blame and no reward other than a fuzzy moving target of promotion.
So, we know how relatively benign it is at the bottom of the pyramid. How is it at the top? I can’t speak for modern positions, but the thing you must keep in mind about a lower level energy leadership is that while they might hold absolute power, it is still conditional on consent. If the masses have the means of revolt, they can. And if that isn’t bad enough, without the consent of your middle management you could be replaced in a bloody manner. Because you are the king, you must perform to certain expectations. The serfs don’t give two craps about your problems as they have enough of their own such as starvation. If you the king can’t stop natural disasters or the activities of your enemies, you yourself will be blamed. All these things outside of your control, and yet you are still held accountable. Not enough rain? Too much rain? Not enough storage food to outlast a spell of bad weather? Enemy occupation of your industrial supply base? A hundred different things outside your decision making and you are still expected to provide for the populace. Think of it as a husband whose wife controls him, yet is held accountable for outside occurrences. He wants to save money, pay off the mortgage rather than go on vacation and would like to store preps. She won’t let him. When he is laid off and they are living under a bridge starving, she blames him 100%. That is how being a king is. And instead of listening to a harpy bitch at you, the masses guillotine you.
And that says nothing about other royalty wanting to assassinate you. You could be doing everything right, and still you get overthrown and are tortured for days and then drawn and quartered. Being king blows donkey member. Best to stay quiet and hidden on the bottom. Hell, if being a serf sucks, go join a brigand unit. You are still low man on the totem pole but you now have a chance at some riches. Or if you don’t get enough to eat at least you can go out with some dignity. We all want to be king, assuming once at the top we can “do things the right way”. No, you can only do things within the parameters of the tools on hand. If you don’t have the proper tools you simply can’t do the job regardless of your intelligence. The same banker cabal ruled during the 80’s as do today. The difference between that success and today’s quagmire was oil availability. It was the tools, not the ideology or the will. That is one reason I hate asshats like Glen and Rush. They confuse the issue by pretending staying with the system but with another figurehead actually matters. It is just selling feel good crap sandwiches ( same old crap sandwich, improved artificial sweetener! ).
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