or: How every person is the hero of his or her story
I’m an argumentative d-bag sometimes, I am going to start by admitting it. I get into that “I must prove I am right”-eous rage, and the redness consumes me. But the truth of the matter is, everyone has valid reasons to believe what they believe. Today we have a guest post with Molly Moana Stout. We went to school together, and I always found her a level headed person to have an argument/discussion with. I’ll let her introduce herself:
Molly gets bloody noses a lot. This is probably her body’s way of telling her she needs to live in a tropical paradise. Because that is not possible right now, she mostly keeps cooped up at home with her charismatic husband and annoying pet duck (and a roll of tissues close by her side).
Molly is currently a site admin for a photo studio. She has a bachelors in Music General Studies with Piano emphasis. Spanish minor. Internet addict. Hello Kitty.
This article is from cracked, and I’ll have Molly introduce “23 Shocking comparisons that change how you think of money”
Molly Moana Stout: I’m not sure that any of these are really shocking, or just interesting. I have a huge issue with economic inequality. Perhaps I am a bitter have not. Perhaps I am merely a dumb millennial. Perhaps it was of my own making from being lazy and entitled and making poor life choices. Judge me how you wish, I’ll have my opinion regardless.
Michael Bacera: Also it’s a cracked article, a lot of it is misrepresentation, and I love looking at factual misrepresentations. I’ve also alternated the order we respond in so we both get the last word.
DISCLAIMER: None of these opinions represent the views of Cracked.com, and honestly, probably not of Molly and I either.
MB: Misleading statement. They don’t specify net or gross, and you know what, a lot of countries net negative “money” because they spend more than they “earn” from taxes. Also, countries are not business, and “have more money” is pretty much a useless quantifier.
MS: I really don’t mind people having money or being rich when they earn it. I do not approve of money hoarders. I do not approve of wealth buying power. I don’t think anyone’s rainy day is going to require billions of dollars to get out of. Survival… even thriving is not that expensive.
Watch this. Just for thought (not serious consideration, its pretty hippie dippie/ conspiracy driven) http://educateinspirechange.org/alternative-news/5-powerful-families-control-world/
MS: All I have to say about this is Legalize:
MB: I’ve visited the Marshall Islands. 1) it’s smaller then Mexico city. 2) some places don’t even have running water or electricity. The GDP of the Marshall Islands is 3,627 per capita, so if the DEA raided me, I would beat the Marshall Islands.
MS: As much money as they make on these products, I actually wish that unhealthy food items would be more expensive to deter people from buying them. (Luckily or unluckily for me $2 for sugar water already is too much ^__^)MB: I wonder how much it would cost me to make a drink manufacturing plant…. Nope. Too thirsty. BRB, going to buy a cheap drink.
MS: It would take me longer. I’m glad that he is such a philanthropist. A lesser hated rich person in my book. Maybe I don’t hate him. Maybe I hate that he could have IBS and use $100s for toilet paper and not think for a second about if perhaps he should have put that towards having a decent meal. I also hate that as dismal as I might feel my situation is, I am not one of the beneficiaries of his donations which means I HAVE IT GOOD. Sad times.
MS: I probably had one of the most affordable and worthwhile educations I could dream of regardless of the drama and hardship I faced. That whole bourgeoisie lifestyle and attitude is how the president of my school (a Harvard grad) had the audacity to juice some of the poorest international students to line his administrative pockets. That money would have been better spent on the amazing teaching faculty who were MORE than deserving and probably in need (Hawaii is damn expensive and most of my professors lived very modest lives). Wonder what the life of a Harvard professor looks like…
MB: Two points here:
1. The reason that the endowment is so large is because the school is prestigious. Part of the prestige is the difficulty of getting accepted and the cost of the education. So making the education free would cost most than 400 million (see, it’s bigger when you don’t use deceptive units), it would cost the school it’s legacy.
2. It’s not like Harvard grads don’t also donate to a scholarship fund… oh wait.
MB: Opportunity cost vs being in the right place in the right time. Also, proof that Apple products are grossly overpriced.
MS: Sometimes I regret splurging on my macbook pro (dinosaur status computer these days, 2008 with LEOPARD)… But at least I didn’t “invest” in one of their earlier models HAHAHAHAHA. But seriously, still grossly overpriced. Ive been to China. http://shenzhenshopper.com/18-huaqiangbei-electronics-gadgets-fashion-and-more.html
MS: Ef Wal Mart.
MA: I love basketball. I hate Kobe. Go trailblazers. (Sorry, not that related, not that exciting. Hey Squires, don’t feel bad. I didn’t make any money from the NBA either).
MB: The (smarter) cast of Star Wars also get a 1/4 percent of the movie profits until today. That’s just smart business, and opportunity cost again.
MB: Talking about iPhones, sometimes you just want to over pay a lot of money for something. Where there is a demand, there will be a supply.
MS: Just add this one to the list
MA: Eff you Pablo.
MA: Art is cool. This is BS. Do yo thang… (I guess?)
MB: While I dislike abstract art myself, you aren’t paying for (just) the materials. That’s trying to make the supposition that art should be charged the cost of it’s materials. How about the cost of the artists time? Planning? Experience? Art school, training, and expertise ? I can’t believe I am defending Jackson Pollock however… at the end of the day, for everyone who says “140 Mil? I could have done this in my spare time with my eyes closed!” the question that must be asked is, “Why didn’t you?”
MB: This should be true for any band that has merchandise. Since the recording industry is so broken, almost every band makes more money selling items than making music . Sad but true. Support your favorite bands! Buy a shirt. It also leads the question, who is the Recording Studios really trying to protect when they try to cut down on music piracy?
MS: I love Aerosmith and guitar hero. I have spent money on neither of those things. I’ll probably get the game used now that its old. That’s how us scavengers do!
MB: I think this is trying to mention the economic disparity issue, the same as 23. But to be honest, this is not some diabolic scheme by the financial institutions, the “We are the 99%”. It’s a law of Nature. Pareto’s Principle. This happens for any measured variable. 20% of your customers will account for 80% of your income. Also 20% of your customers will account for 80% of your trouble (hopefully not the same group). 20% or less of the creatures on this planet account for 80% or more of the biomass, food eaten, waste created, and genetic material, population, etc. The top 20% of bugs cause 80% of the technical incidents.
MS: I’ve seen different numbers on this all over. To be honest, even if I had $200 to my name, if that was enough to get by in a world where everyone had that, I could give two shits! In skills and trade would finally be worth more than money! (If I am understanding this correctly)
MB: Also anti-matter might be the key to viable manned extra solar flight and solving energy production. Worth.
MS: HOLY. But science tho… I would vote for research over war every day!!!
MB: See 11. Opportunity cost in reverse.
MS: Star wars was awesome, but to me, it is getting dangerously close to being taken too far. The more movies and new shows and stuff continue to be made, the more I feel like it is less about making something awesome for fans and more about milking the pockets of fans.
MB: Trying to translate currency exchanges rates for the Roman Empire? That is risky business.
MS: Every time period has its Kobe…
MS: Social games are the WORST. It was a pretty good idea, and then they exploited the fact that they KNEW people would get sick of getting game notifications. Oh you want to keep playing this game even though your friends don’t want to help you in your addiction? Just buy the next level! Poor addicted souls! There are so many better games to be playing!!!
MB: So for all you kids out there trying to make the next big thing, it’s not really about making a good game, it’s about making an okay game in the right place and the right time.
The Writing Process
While writing about misleading Cracked.com articles is mildly entertaining, why mention it in a writing blog in the first place? Some authors have their world inhabited by one or types of characters. Reasonable, nice, and sensible characters, and then characters that don’t agree with their worldviews. This makes for a very 2 dimensional world, where most of the characters seem to have the same opinion about the world. This is even worse for certain hyper-intelligent and over opinionated writers who use their characters as sounding boards for their political agendas, and then use strawmen as sounding boards for opinions they disagree with. Even if I agree with said author, it makes the reading experience very distasteful.
But the reality of the matter is, if you are writing you are going to have to populate your world with many characters with a multitude of political views and social opinions, and they need to be done as honestly as possible. “Every character is the hero of his or her own story,” and you should write each character as if that was true, A better quote was taken from Dan Wells in a recent episode of Writing Excuses: “You want every character’s reasonings for their belief to be as convincing as if someone who actually held that belief (you or another) was actually giving it.”
I’d like to thank Molly for taking the time to be a guest of Quantified Opinions.
Molly can be found on:Molly (Alofipo) Stout
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