Living rationally is important.
It is a shame that most people these days can not do a cost/reward calculation in their lives.
For example, the cost/reward ratio of having an unplanned child or whether or not to vaccinate. The cost and reward of pursuing higher education. The cost and reward of letting debt pile. The cost and reward of living life scientifically or through the dogmas of religion or New Age living.
I cause a lot of grief when I ask questions regarding people’s actions, but these questions are really asked out of concern and love. It seems reason can not penetrate ignorance and over-reaction.
It is forgotten that most people are more like the rest of the Animal Kingdom. Quick to react and less likely to rationalize or process concepts or ideas. Emotions dictating judgment.
I find the best revenge is to live the best I can. I have much to be thankful for.
I do not have creditors calling me or people I know looking for me. I never started using a credit card. I did not need the instant gratification of buying things with deferred responsibilities. I have started preparing for the future by going into index funds. I have no children because I know it is very expensive and energy consuming to raise them properly, and especially here in the United States.
I have traveled the world and made friends. I have had experiences only an un-tethered life could provide.
For many, I notice their lives are getting harder while my very own is opening up to vast opportunities. I will have the ability to roam the earth again. My mental state will not be unhinged by having to take care of children or pay back a car loan. I am not a fool.
Still, to this day I am doing new things and having new experiences. Meanwhile, I see that others are becoming dejected and burdened by the everyday trivialities like having children, working low paying jobs that demand too much from the individual, dealing with the consequences of their ill-chosen significant others.
People who were once relatively happy and youthful have grown old and have become former shells of themselves. It is one of the biggest tragedies I have seen happen yet I am powerless to stop it.
I swim in the blue oceans of Hawaii and laugh. In the months ahead I will be on a plane headed to the next exotic location. I look forward to new cuisines, women, friends I will make, experiences unfathomed that I will partake in. For others, maybe they struggle to take care of their children. Maybe they get evicted or their house foreclosed. Maybe their children lead a lesser life than they were given. At worst, maybe they get killed in this violent America. Chewed up and spit out in this machine cycle that I keep seeing enveloping loved ones.
This is revenge. It is truly sweet. Most importantly, it is passive because I am not living my best to spite them but to make myself happier. When I’m floating on my back in the Andaman Sea. Or letting monkeys run loose crawling on my body at a sacred temple. Or when I cash out Bitcoin to start a retirement fund. I think to myself, “This is truly something.”
While other stars have burned out and faded away, mine continues to rise. It rises still.