It seems to me like having a source of income, when everybody else is fighting for a handful of jobs, is the essential part. You yourself noted that in Argentina there was usually food, but buying it was the hard part. I seem to remember stories about desperate people looting markets in the wake of the bank shutdown. They had no cash and no way to get cash, so they simply took what they needed.
It is good to know how to sell, but you need to have something to sell, and to have confidence in what you're selling. That's my big struggle-developing the confidence to sell my skills with confidence, and to be confident enough in myself that people know I really mean it.
For Americans, "confidence" is different from the "self-esteem" garbage peddled in USA schools that makes youth ARROGANT instead of CONFIDENT. People do know the difference. It seems that TPTB want an arrogant people, not a confident people. There's also the matter of the "empty suit"-he who can sell but has nothing worth buying. Like Obama. It takes skills AND selling. If you've got that, you'll be able to get by.
War is another matter, a large war can level a society and force everybody into desperation. I don't think that will happen in USA, I think the government and its supporters will quickly be bottled up in a handful of cities when the people rebel and will fall. I think a situation like that in Argentina is more likely. The K's even tried to "fix" the economy by printing money, which created a boom that has now crashed, so they went after the media for reporting how they failed. I can see Obama doing the same-there are rampant rumors here of an "Obama enemies list" and of official attempts to destroy populist media personalities like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
October 27, 2009 10:11 AM
You're right. It's hard but that's the way it is. The social pyramid sinks and you have to fight your way to the top or fall into "poor" status.
You don't want that.
You have to be active, resourceful, and even better, generate your own source of income as you noticed.
Selling skills are terribly important, one of the most sought after jobs after the collapse, one of the few types that made it to the papers, was salesman. A good, experienced salesman will always have a job. And if he doesn't he can make his own.
Confidence comes with knowledge of yourself, knowing your limitations and abilities and what you are capable.
Arrogance is eh product, of lack of true self esteem, fear and ignorance.
Obama is indeed a lot like the K, and apparently he's copying many of their worst defects. Hope he stops before Americans get fed up. That would not be pretty.