Palantir’s Black Swan event?

Palantir, a company known for IT-security globally recently bought $50 million in physical gold. To further heighten concerns about this position, the yet-to-turn-a-profit company paid off all its debt.

In response to public scrutiny, Palantir said it had made these moves in preparation for a Black Swan event.

If we missed the subtle signs that heralded the Coronavirus pandemic, Palantir’s signature move shouldn’t leave us guessing. I am not presuming to know exactly what the Black Swan event might be but imagine that the internet was shutdown globally for a week or month or a year…and prepare.

Own nothing and you’ll be happy

There’s a lot of sense in the statement, “Own nothing and you’ll be happy.”

But it’s a short term way of looking at the burden of ownership tailored to mislead lots of people, who in the grand scheme of things, are understandably short-term thinkers.

The real idea behind misleading people to own nothing is that its an ingenious way to make and keep people dependent on corporations and governments.

If Karl Marx was ever right about communism succeeding capitalism, the World Economic Forum, which has been attributed with the campaign for zero private ownership by 2030, seems to be readying us for this new world order.

The ‘victim’

Never underestimate the power of people who play your ‘victim.’ They mean to ruin your reputation.

If they can’t have their way with you by hook, they’ll try to get it by crook. They’ll play dead, injured or hurt, and hope to God that the world can see how unfairly you have treated them.

It’s an old Jedi mind trick meant to help the ‘victim’ get his or her way in the end.

Meet their needs and they’ll meet yours

Meeting the needs of people is the smartest way to influence them to support your cause whether that cause is a company or nonprofit.

What identifiable things might that developer or finance person, you desperately want to hire, need? Find out.

One way to find out is to ask questions when having conversations with or about people you would like to work with. Remember, if you meet their needs, they’ll meet yours.

The business of power

In ancient times, power in societies might be understood to mean the determination of who lived from who died as exercised by a sovereign. Wars and executions were the tools of power.

Today, power is still the same but more subtle. States have replaced sovereigns in society and rather than war or executions, power is exercised through six major institutions.

Government, Big Pharma, Banks, the Media, Schools and the Military are the normalizing agents of power in modern society. If you think critically about it, life and death is still the business of power.

Red lights

A red light symbolizes caution. You see a red light in traffic, and you stop, not necessarily for your safety but for the safety of others, oncoming vehicles and pedestrians.

In another instance, a red light in 17th century Amsterdam allegedly both camouflaged patched skin and signaled the availability of a sex worker to offer pleasure. Here, a red light symbolized an invitation.

Very often, as with other concepts like money, etiquette, specific words and so on, it’s not the concept about which, we should concern ourselves but the social conventions that surround these concepts.

Excess economicus

If you think of it critically, there is no scarcity in the world. What many experience as scarcity or disadvantage is, to a large extent, the human system’s way of getting rid of extras that it produces.

I know it may sound disorienting but if you look at the world as an organism and not an organization, you’ll understand how we only live and work to produce surpluses.

And so, wars, pandemics, shareholder value, world poverty, corporate profits and almost every other concept in the world are tied to the human nature of excess, and how we either expend or dispose of this excess. And because these concepts are always on the rise, scarcity should not be the basis of economic thought, excess is.

Jekyll and Hyde

The semblance of normalcy in any locale is always a pointer to the existence of some masked absurdity.

Human systems are often binary, having both beauty and ugliness within them. So the notion that space is void of any type of good or evil is, in essence, naive.

The Jekyll-and-Hyde aspects of human nature and existence must never be left unaccounted, particularly, when all you’ve heard about a person, place or thing are good or bad, and not the good and bad.

White, black and red

As Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, ‘Hate labels’. ‘Whiteness,’ ‘blackness,’ and ‘redness’ aren’t exactly about skin colour as much as they are about metaphors that each represents.

‘Whiteness’ is a metaphor for power; the ability to name, label, control and enslave for profit.

‘Blackness’ is code for subjugation. It’s not that the skin colour of black people is actually black but that their bodies represent something ominous in the frames of Eurocentric thought, something to exploit, rape and dominate.

‘Redness,’ less popular and even more sinister, is about the disappearing Aboriginal bodies in North America from off their land. Whether they are physically removed from land spaces where they roamed, and or sedated with alcohol on faraway reserves, ‘red’ is about dispossession through elimination.

White, black and red aren’t about skin colour, they are just metaphors for Eurocentric resource allocation.

Get out

If you strip everything down to the essentials, you’d realize that everything around you is a social construct. Time, place, date, race and even your name were mostly defined by someone else apart from you.

Think about it. Where are you reading this post from? Who told you where you are is where you are? I mean, someone created longitudes and latitudes, right? How do you know the date, given that different civilizations use different calendars to calibrate time? And how is your race even important or unimportant in terms of actual human function? If your parents named you based on their mood at the time of your birth, how is your identity so attached to your name?

It appears many of us have been in a bubble for quite a while, sleeping, living based on the dictates of an unquestioned frame, no matter our place in society. I mean, how do you get to be you outside the social constructs of other people who may or may not be smarter than you?