Merely existing is what many of our fellow humans do. They are not participating in any meaningful way. They wouldn’t recognize, well, anything that falls outside of their predetermined conditioning. Us improved units though are paying attention. We know that the world is a 365 degree, 5 dimensional reality, and if our head isn’t on a swivel we are going to either miss something or get blind sided. Somethings are more important to watch out for than others. Here are 5 that you should have down by now.
Danger- Anytime I watch a video of a sports riot, or an unruly crowd I’m shocked at how many people are simply mulling about. They aren’t acting in any meaningful way, they are just going about their business as if nothing can go wrong. I, myself, would have gotten as far away from the action as possible. That’s if I would’ve been there in the first place, which is unlikely. Listen, Darth Vader crowd control cops and drunk asshole don’t give a shit if you’re involved or not, and more than likely it’s the innocent schmuck who ends up on the shit end stick. Once you get a hint that things are going bad, get out. You’ll be happy you did when you’re an old asshole like me.
Value- A close friend of mine is in the estate clean-out business. He makes a decent living reselling shit that other people discarded. Some of the items were worth multiple thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars, and he was able to obtain them because most people don’t have a hint of basic curiosity. We all can’t be antique experts or used equipment brokers, but for God’s sake we can at least use Google. Here’s a news flash, your dead grandfather’s junk in the basement may be worth something! Perhaps you should take a look before you call someone to clean out the estate because your ass-hat uncle wants his portion of the house sale immediately.
Bullshit- It is building up around us and soon we will be buried in it. If you are not able to spot bullshit when it is being peddled you’ll find yourself falling for all sorts of nonsense. You’ll be joining causes that directly work against you. You’ll be repeating talking points that inflate lies. You need to be where the bullshit stops and the truth begins.
Opportunity- Opportunity is a shy little creature. It never wants a big deal made of it. That’s why you’ve got to be able to recognize the little nooks and crannies it likes to hide in. Sometimes opportunity comes in the romantic ways popular media leads us to believe, like a big wig at your work telling you he likes the cut of you jib, but often it comes in far less attractive ways. That’s why you’ve got to be willing to get down on your belly and crawl through shit to find it. Learning to run towards problems and not away will open up way more doors than waiting for them in the safety zone.
The Obvious- The establishment wing of our society is at war with the obvious. They’re working overtime to make sure as few people as possible recognize it. The good thing though is that all the obvious needs to overcome it’s shunning is for a few brave souls to state it. If you’re willing to state one obvious, unpopular fact a day you’re doing your part to stick a finger in the eye of the establishment. Learn to recognize when the obvious is being hidden or hindered and due whatever you can to allow to escape.