“What’s a PWoP?” [ PWoP, N. pronounced pee-wop]
That’s shorthand around here for People (or Person) Without Purpose. And, it’s a mighty-fine topic to take up on a Monday morning when so much of the daily news-flow, here in the summer doldrums, is like reading an amateur’s attempt to re-write the always-entertaining Hints from Heloise. (Who’s a Texan, by the way and a really nice human being.)
PWoPs have basically taken over America – in case you hadn’t noticed. Most often, products of a liberal education curriculum that embeds the specious notion that “Everyone finishes the same in Life…” PWoPs have given-up being aggressively self-directed, self-realizing people. They’ve set aside core American Excellence objectives to accomplish in favor of the socialist “pack,” “average,” and “herd” mentality..
I’ll make a little wager with you: We can walk into almost any food-joint in America and ask the wait-staff “What’s your Big Goal in Life?” (BGiL) and only one-in-twenty (if that) would be able to articulate anything larger than “Just getting by.”
The Dream is Dead – if you give up dreaming.
And that, dear Reader, is a horrible waste of human capital.
When did we turn PWoP’s?
We can trace its roots back to the misnamed Great Society of Lyndon Johnson. This is when liberalism got its hooks into Education. It’s also when the planned destruction of minority families began on the assumption that non-working males in a household shouldn’t be supported. Say goodbye to the male-in-the-household. Neutering of a culture. Opened the door to gender indecision and more.
As time rolled on, education continued to liberalize such that today, young people (40 is young at 70, lol) figure they should get rewarded without winning.
I had a fatherly tough-talk with my son about this over the weekend. Went something like this:
“You know, G, your generation is like a football player getting the ball at the far 10-yard line. They begin running it back for what should be a 90-yard return touchdown that would land them in the Hall-of-Fame. But, something goes wrong: They give up running when they get down to their own 40-yard line. What they think – and this is the mush shoveled into their heads by liberal education – “Well, I would have made it, so give me the accolades and rewards NOW.” Son, it doesn’t work like that. To a clearer-thinking generation, the touchdown run isn’t complete until the ball is spiked in the end zone and the high-five’s that follow. YOUR generation gives up at the 40-yard line and wants praise for a half-done job.”
Are the Young To Blame?
Not entirely, of course not. They were raised with this mush-headed “Everyone finishes the same” by burgeoning political correctness disease. There are so many stupid academics and communist-lite educators in America, it boggles the mind (*and sickens the patriot).
They leave out the massive failures of socialism (including the now drone-bombing Venezuela utopia) in favor of the DELUSIONAL VISION of Utopian Life.
The other excuse for the young is that they are self-aware, but not Nation-aware. They’ve been bred not to see that the invention of the Internet has led to World War Web and their minds have been taken hostage by violence-inciting demagogues like Antifa. Which should never have been anywhere near Portland this weekend, except for the mush-head liberalista stooges – like the Mayor of Portland who seems to be – enabling. When elected by a coalition of barricades, it makes sense.
Being lied-to, and misled as today’s young are, it’s easy to see why there so many Millennial’s “sitting on the 40-yard line” of Life. They sit like lumps on the field listening to spew and cross-posts on social from the more-highly motivated pseudo-revolutionaries running their ball down-field for the touchdown. FMTT.
So, What’s Missing?
In a word? PURPOSE.
We don’t train young people to how to “Box Out of the Think.” We used to do that.
Also, we used to teach goal setting. That’s failed, as well.
And, we used to teach people “hands-on” skills. Thanks again to left-wing education, we’ve gone-along with the industrial take-down of America by agreeing with the massive offshoring of manufacturing jobs. Sure, been great for China and India…but what about America? Not so much.
Politicians share the blame, too. Ever since Carter, America has failed to articulate what it means to be a “Self-Made” person. Some who, can as Carter did so often on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, pick up a hammer, grab a saw, and create useful value from raw materials. At least George Bush cut wood at his ranch in Texas.
What was Bill Clinton? A slippery-speaking lawyer. George Bush? Oil promoter. Barack Obama? A slippery-speaking lawyer…What Liz Warren? Yep, another lawyer. Hillary? Another….Ted Cruz? Another. WTF? Must to Lawyer to “Run” anymore?
While I’m certain Donald Trump knows tools and how to build, his problem is one of accessibility. “Here kid, take this $2-million and go build a 12-plex…” Not accessible as a Purpose. We need ground-up progressive goal-setting.
Young people today are surrounded – fenced-in – by limited thinking. Life in what’s left of America (which we call ‘Merica) is stratified as:
- Street people: “Bring me your tired your poor, your humble yearning to be...” and I will give you a needle exchange and a sidewalk to crap on plus you can barricade ICE offices and we’ll declare Sanctuary City status…” Free meals and phones while we’re at it. Obviously, not where I want to be….you have the choice, too.
- Wage Slaves: These are the people who keep bankruptcy attorneys in business. Starting from min-wage, they worth themselves into a school or training and discover the Big Dream is a Big Lie. Here comes healthcare bills. He comes the student loan collection mob. Unwilling to unwind their debt (lazy?) and get debt-free, they sit on that 40-yard line and bankruptcies follow. As we note this morning, this is increasingly happening to old people, too. Pension fund heists and mismanagement.
- The Digital Elites: Just got that newly-minted degree in computer science, linguistics, or knowledge engineering? Here’s $250,000 a year and we know a South Bay real estate fellow who will find you excellent digs. Our fear? This is American Tech Bubble II and it’s HQ is either Seattle or the South Bay.
Back on PURPOSE: The Street People mostly have none. The second group – wage slaves – maybe catches sight of a worthy Purpose in Life – only to have it blow up on them. And the last? The D.E’s? Well, enjoy the hell out of it, while you can. Remember, though, if your “brilliant code” isn’t in your name, you’re working yourself out of a job; such is the nature of code libraries. A.I. can kill coding…in case you hadn’t got that far extensible, yet.
Feel better, now? It’s Monday so we now return you to your regularly-scheduled Reality View of Life…
What’s “Trending” vs. “Important”
OMG, here we go, again. Wading back into the mindless horde – or is that herd….
Here’s what we find under Trending as of “snapshot time this AM:”
On Fox, “Body found miles from where Mollie Tibbetts was last seen not missing college student, police say.” You follow police stories? Seriously?
Global News (Canada) offers “Kelowna’s new ‘rage room’ lets visitors smash away frustration.” Who needs a rage room when there’s Twitter, am I right?
Next, CBS MoneyWatch explains how :” Google reportedly plans censored return to China.” This verges on being useful: Since the Great Firewall of China does keep their populace from being a dim sum like ours…
On the ever-bash-full CNN, 2/3’rds of their above-the-fold was Trump-bashing. Including “How LeBron James and Melania Trump laid bare the contradictions in the Trump White House.” and they follow-up with “Bikers salute leader of their pack: Donald Trump.” Heat-map madness on the left, anyone?
And most shocking of all? BBC Global which offers “Cat stolen from Russian museum found after social outcry.”
DBSG! (*digital bullshit galore!)
Pardon my directness, but this looks100% useless – purpose-built to entertain the losers on the 40-yard line while they wait for their just rewards and the clouds of bankruptcy flies to descend.
Now, What’s Important?
Not as attention-getting as another plunging Kardashian neckline, perhaps, but it occurs to us, reading “Mineral never seen on Earth found inside Russian meteorite.” that maybe the new mineral can lead to a new technology.
You know, like copper lead to wire?
Long-time readers will remember our high priase of the late Matthew Simmons’ book “Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy.” What Simmons laid out was the steady increase in Saudi water-cut. In other words, as water is used in drilling, over time, you end up pumping more water and less oil. And the curve is slow yet unforgiving. As Oilman2 says, “Depletion Never Sleeps.”
PWoP’s (those people without purpose) won’t care. Not when there’s filler like Kim and Khloe Kardashian fight with Kourtney over months-long feud in live Twitter fight to distract ’em.
But for the grown-ups and a handful of thinking young, word that “Oil gains after monthly Saudi output shows surprise drop” has us wondering “Is the fall off the back-side of Peak Oil 2 getting ready?”
Asian Economics will bear watching in coming weeks and months, too as “BOJ’s architect of ‘shock and awe’ plots retreat from stimulus.” Overnight, Japan was down a bit, but China was up.
Here in the US, futures markets were showing the Dow opening up 31.
Eyeing the Week Ahead
Our Peoplenomics.com deep-think this week is about electrical influences on markets. Suggested reading to keep ahead of the class is the late Dr. Robert O,. Becker’s “The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life.”
On the data front, The Fed’s misnamed “Consumer Credit” (they are creditors, but the truth is this is the Consumer Debt report) comes out tomorrow and it should provide insight into how confident the herd is in being in hock.
Wednesday’s a nothing. Producer Prices come Thursday, and works us to to a crescendo Friday when Consumer Prices are released.
The Zoom-Out-View is that we’re still holding to our projection that there’s a 70% or better chance of new all-time market highs before the end of August. As always, this is NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE, but if you’re playing the short side, we figure that’s as risky as playing with matches and gasoline in a room with a natural gas leak.
The National Weather is still summer…though we’re due to get 2-inches next weekend here, so maybe the monsoons are here.
Now, off to Purpose with you. If you don’t have a Big Purpose in Life – something that floats your boat and makes you jump out of bed in the morning bursting with energy and anxious to sink your teeth into the day to move you along the path to your goal, our condolences.
People are God-like when motivated and rock-like when not.
And that, sadly, is what liberal education, socialist media, political correctness,, and snoozing on the 40-yard line have done to America.
The really grand silver lining? Sure makes it a helluva lot easier for the rest of us…
(Moron the ‘morrow!)