Good morning to all of you. I hope you had a nice week-end; did you go swimming? How was the water?
I worked a bit this Saturday and Sunday; I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say I was blown away at how complex and expensive life is nowadays when compared to when I was young. Back then, we didn’t have cable TV. Or XBox 360’s. Or Blue-Rays. Or cell phone plans. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you “and life was good, sonny!”. I used to be surprised at how much money my parents saved throughout their lives; now I know how they did it. There weren’t these many so-called “necessities” back then.
And then, as I was getting ready to pay all my debts, I thought about Snowflake and something made my blood boil and my penis shrink (or perhaps it was the other way around, I’m not sure). Regardless of everything that has happened to him in life (and I mean – everything – ), just take a freaking look at him. He won. He beat the system. He accomplished what he set out to do. I can’t freaking believe it.
Just like King Pyrrhus, of Epirus (don’t feel bad, I had to Google him, too), Casey has scored some very important victories. I do not believe them to be decisive, though. If this were tennis, I’d say we would be on the fourth half of the second inning, so there’s plenty more time for things to settle down.
Allow me to demonstrate my point.
1) He always dreamed of passive income. Yet, he has discovered that when you spend $0, you don’t need 1.a) to work, and 1.b) to generate any sort of income streams. Besides, who cares about it? Money is no object (at least according to Serin, circa June, 2010. He certainly didn’t think this way 3 years ago). Victory.
2) Work and education are for losers. He isn’t working, he isn’t studying, and yet he has a roof over his head, food on the table, clothes to wear (even if they are 4 years old and worn only by M.C. Hammer wannabes). Victory.
3) His belief in Fiat currency, the mortgage scam and the strawman has been validated by the fact that he and his family haven’t paid a single cent of their mortgage agreement ever since April, 2009. Combine this fact with the Crime Family’s non-payment of their bankruptcy agreement monthly fees, and we are looking at around $30,000. Hell, yes. Victory.
No matter how you look at it, he has demonstrated every single one of us that it is possible to cheat the system and get away with it. The whole Band of Gypsies haven’t paid a single cent of their obligations, they take Tahoe vacations every 3 or 4 months, they haven’t been evicted from their home, and it looks as if they are safe.
So, if you ever thought “what would happen if I stopped paying my taxes, my mortgage, my Victoria’s Secrets underwear, and began prancing around semi-naked on the Internet?” the answer is simple. Nothing. Uncle Sam doesn’t care. You are operating within a “gray area”, and it doesn’t really matter if you have dozens of haterz™ rallying against you.
Hopefully, you are back from throwing up. Because, the way I see it, Casey’s victory is a prime example of a Pyrrhic one. Again, allow me to post my thoughts on the subject.
1) He’s utterly unemployable. Regardless of what he believes about work, his parents are going to retire soon, and his life story will stay on the Internet for a long time – anyone who knows how to Google will stay away from him. He won’t be able to get a job. He’ll probably end up being fed and clothed by Tim or Steve.
2) He and his family have lost access to any sort of credit. By not following the terms of their bankruptcy, and because of Casey’s adventures in Real Estate, no lender is going to touch them anymore.
3) They are slowly becoming outcasts, even among their very own. This is obvious when you see that their closest relatives are slowly turning into haterz™ themsleves.
Casey may as well be delusional at this point, too. From an article I just wrote on Wikipedia, in order to prove my point:
…Although non-specific concepts of madness have been around for several thousand years, the psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers was the first to define the three main criteria for a belief to be considered delusional in his 1917 book General Psychopathology. These criteria are:
- certainty (held with absolute conviction)
- incorrigibility (not changeable by compelling counterargument or proof to the contrary)
- impossibility or falsity of content (implausible, bizarre or patently untrue)
These criteria still continue in modern psychiatric diagnosis. The most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines a delusion as:
- A false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everybody else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary. The belief is not one ordinarily accepted by other members of the person’s culture or subculture.
So, Casey & Co may have won this time. But, as Pyrrhus well said, “Another such victory, and I am undone”.
We’ll be waiting, Casey. Show us one more time how things are done.