Sunday, March 25, 2012

Censorship, “Stump the Chump” and Ignorance

Once again some self appointed censor has worked to remove my work and maintain ignorance.

There are facts and there are opinions. Most people do not know the difference. “The boy ran fast” is an opinion since it requires a personal perspective on the issue of “fast”. “The boy ran 100 meters in 8 seconds” is a fact.

The interconnection between politics and economics is a fact. Ignoring one in the presence of the other is advocating ignorance.

One of the primary focuses of the censor advocating ignorance is that they will be closed minded. They will have a biased preconception of some kind and under no circumstances will they allow their preconceived ideas to be challenged. Racism is a closed minded pre-conception where some people make judgments about a specific individual or group of individuals based on their physical appearance.

There are two places where most people are closed minded and have developed inaccurate preconceptions that they will not allow to be challenged. These are politics and religion.

Wall Street is a perfect example. Wall street is not a shinning example of the wonders of Capitalism it is an example of the success of elitist socialism.

What is the definition of socialism?


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a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.


procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.


(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

So in socialism everything belongs to the community as a whole? What does community mean?


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noun, plural -ties.


a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.


a locality inhabited by such a group.


a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually preceded by the ): the business community; the community of scholars.


a group of associated nations sharing common interests or a common heritage: the community of Western Europe.


Ecclesiastical . a group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.

So what does “community as a whole” mean?

Boy is that open to interpretation. Taken literally it means the community of the world. Taken less literally it means an entire community or group, which can mean a lot of things. A community of stock holders for example.

In fact a publicly owned corporation may be the purest example of socialism so far created.

Anyone can belong, there is no actual elitism behind shareholding. There is some elitism behind the ownership of large blocks of stocks. The SEC can actually become involved if a person tries to buy a substantial percentage of any publicly traded corporation.

Within the arena of socialistic shareholders the best example in this group is probably the credit union. Every depositor in a credit union is actually a share holder in the corporation.

This is all basic logic. This word means this, etc. Pretty simple logic actually, BUT, that does not mean people will accept it. People have this weird concept of “truth”, but what is “truth”?


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noun, plural truths  [troothz, trooths] Show IPA.


the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.


conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement.


a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like: mathematical truths.


the state or character of being true.


actuality or actual existence.

Reading the literal definition of “truth” everything I wrote above is true. The stock market is a socialist endeavor.

But many people will not perceive it that way. They will have a closed minded preconception that they identify as “truth” and they will reject the reality or actuality that Wall Street is socialistic.

Sometimes I ask people who express this “truth” to me what socialism is. They tell me it is where everyone receives the same benefits or income or whatever. I ask, “how about people in prison?” Well, almost everybody.

So the community of socialism is not for everybody. It is for people who belong to a specific group of people from which others have been excluded, either temporarily or permanently.

Tell this to a closed minded person and they will feel their ideology challenged and they will become angry.

I have several closed minded, bigoted Internet stalkers who run around doing what they can to intimidate and hurt me because I challenge their closed minded beliefs.

I can argue against homosexuality a dozen different ways. Does that mean I am homophobic? Closed minded people focus on a single statement and it defines them. My gay friends wouldn't call me homophobic and they would not agree with me on everything I believe.

Gay friends? Yes, just because I can argue against something does not believe I am against it except in the eyes of a closed minded bigot. Anyone who has been in a debate class has had a professor give them a position to defend that they disagree with. Closed minded people typically fail miserably at this. Even if I was against homosexuality I would not expect everyone to live by beliefs and being open minded I can accept that the vast majority of people will live their own choices.

No one agrees with everything someone else believes. Some people reject people. Some people reject ideas.

In my opinion people who reject people based on their preconceptions are just closed minded bigots and losers.

My nephews wife once tried to convince me she wasn't a bigot and I was because she had dated black guys. I didn't bother to respond that I had dated women and some of those women had different cultural backgrounds than I had, like being Black or Asian or Latino or Middle Eastern. Her preconception was that I had not and wouldn't. Her mind was totally closed to the concept.

Everyone has closed minded preconceptions. The trick is in knowing what our own closed minded preconceptions are. This takes a careful study of our own internal motivations. It takes an ability to question the things we believe at the very core. I have found most people do not bother to question their own beliefs and typically fall into a trap of closed minded preconceptions. Typically these come from our parents or our childhood acquaintances.

When I first became saved I studied every single word in the four gospels and the first five books of the Old testament in the original language, working to understand the meaning of every single word with all the multiple possible meanings.

When I worked at a software reseller doing software demos I was an expert at “stump the chump”. This is a game customers play. They throw a bunch of stupid hypothetical cad problems at the person showing the demo and if the demonstrator successfully accomplishes all of the challenges an objection to the software is removed. I was good at this. I think fast on my feet and I could do all kinds of crazy things. What did this prove? Nothing really. It proved I could usually think really fast on my feet and I knew the software really well. Customers loved it though, they think it proves something. Then they buy the software and because it does not work as “easily” for them as it did for me sometimes they are frustrated. I used to tell them, “I'm nothing special. If I can learn it you can learn it.”

You see interviewers play “stump the chump” all the time. They keep asking questions until they think they find a weakness and the exploit the weakness. Does this mean anything? Not really, just that the person being interviewed didn't think on their feet very well. People love it though, they think it proves something.

I wonder how many people could perform well in that “stump the chump” hot seat. Not many I assume or I wouldn't have been considered really good at what I used to do. Typically 1/3 of software demos resulted in sales. About 60% of my demos resulted in sales. I think the idea that made “stump the chump” easy for me is that I knew I wasn't any better or worse than anyone else so when I screwed up at “stump the chump” I didn't take it personally. I learned from it. I also knew I didn't “close” the sale. I was just removing objections from a customers mind.

Being good at “stump the chump” was only possible because I was open minded. If I had closed my mind in some way I would have been one of the 33% guys.

When I went into manufacturing and operation of a direct manufacturing system I again used an open mind to evaluate the system and the process. There were a lot of problems and when I tried to address them with the design team their winds were closed on the issue so those issues were never corrected. I used my open mindedness to achieve things other people believed were impossible because I understood the mechanical design issues with the system. As a result I became the best at what I did in the world and eventually I was recruited by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Was I better than everyone else in the world? Yes. I was better at this specific thing than anyone else in the world.

Being best is a combination of skill, opportunity and persistence. Someone else could have easily been better at what I did than I was if they had the skill,opportunity and persistence. Opportunity is the big thing here. In my case the skills were understanding of the mechanics of the system and an understanding of the multiple variables involved so that I could maximize the probability of success. Someone else with similar skills, open mindedness to actually see what the real problems were, the opportunity and the persistence would have achieved the same things.

In my opinion the real losers in life make the same closed minded mistakes over and over again do everything they can to tear other people down, censor and maintain a level of ignorance that does not challenge their own closed minded bigotries.

I took an intensive three week class in management. I was one of two people who graduated with scores above a particular level. When I was asked to give a few words to the class I said that I wasn't special, anyone could do what I had done. All they had to do was be careful and persistent. I still believe that although I have to add open mindedness.

If you lose are you a loser? No. In fact in many championships with many contestants the winner does not have to win a single time to be champion. The championship is based on points and sometimes consistently coming in second or third will give a contestant the championship. You don't always have to win to be a winner.

Too many people believe when others tell them that they are losers. People have to be open minded enough to realize that they can be winners when they choose to. Typically people just get angry and call others losers, closing their own minds.

Losers are going to censor you. Losers are going to tear you down every chance they get. You are going to lose at “stump the chump”. Losers are going to do everything they can to spread and maintain ignorance.

Be open minded enough to know you can succeed in spite of these challenges. Educate yourself. Challenge what every word means and learn from them.

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