The Cycle Of Questioning & Learning
I believe in cyclical behavior. Often times, one action tends to spur another action which tends to spur the first action even more, and so forth. When it comes to getting informed, learning, investigating, becoming educated, I believe there is a cycle of questioning & learning. It doesn’t matter which comes first, but they will reinforce eachother in a cyclical manner.
The important thing to realize is that this cycle often requires a kickstart or something to begin the cycle. This kickstart typically is from a decision or effort. Get the ball rolling and it is easier to keep the momentum. This is true in many areas. Consider exercising; very hard to start it, much easier to continue it.
I’ve really gained a fascination with economics over the last couple years. The economic crisis and my interest in the stock market has definitely contributed to this. But, I believe that this cycle I’m referring to today really applies to economics.
There is an overwhelming majority in the economic world that buys into the Keynesian economics. This majority includes almost all in government, driving the economic policy of America. If you don’t care to question this consensus, you will likely assume this direction and view is the best direction. If you don’t care to look at the assumptions and realities of this economic policy, you won’t ever know whether it is appropriate or not.
Most children are taught that Keynesian policies are a good thing. I learned growing up that FDR pulled America out of the Great Depression through his intervention. In recent years through reading and understanding economics, I realize that his policies are what made the Depression last as long as it did.
Peel Back The Layers
I’m not here to tell you what to believe. I’m here to encourage you to peel back the layers. Question the economic policies. Could there be a better way? What will these policies lead to? What are the potential negative consequences that might come with these policies.
Staying true to the cycle, the more you question, the more you will learn. The more you learn, the more questions you will probably have.
Living Outside The Matrix
Many individuals who have “escaped” the brainwashing of economic policy and now think for themselves tend to view it as escaping the matrix.
Morpheus: I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice. Tumbling down the rabbit hole?
Neo: You could say that.
Morpheus: I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he’s expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: ‘Cause I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. That there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind — driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Neo: The Matrix?
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
(Neo nods his head.)
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, or when go to church or when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. (long pause, sighs) Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.
(In his left hand, Morpheus shows a blue pill.)
Morpheus: You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. (a red pill is shown in his other hand) You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (Long pause; Neo begins to reach for the red pill) Remember — all I am offering is the truth, nothing more.
(Neo takes the red pill and swallows it with a glass of water)
-From The Matrix
It seems that more and more people are “escaping the Matrix” and questioning things. This is a great thing in my opinion. Educated, informed individuals are the foundation of a healthy democracy, a democracy that we claim to have here in America. There are a select group of individuals in power and in a position of great wealth that benefit from an uninformed public. The inflationary, bail out policies benefit one group, those already in power. Those in Wall St. and those in DC that benefit from the powerful in Wall St. Yes, they will tell you that you also benefit because we are “creating or saving jobs” but is giving AIG a hundred billion dollars really the best allocation of capital for job creation? The financial sector is important but let’s not get carried away.
From my opinion, there are some people out there that are trying to bring light to this situation and educate the public on what is really going on. Peter Schiff, Dylan Rattigan, zerohedge.com are a few places that I would point individuals to.
Kickstart your question/learning cycle with regards to the economy. I assure you that you will learn a few things and you will question even more. The biggest realization that you will probably have early on is that you really don’t know much. Don’t be discouraged. Keep digging.