in galaxy that is not very far away, there was an aspiring scientist who studied hard and went to the school of hard knocks. He always wanted to build the next generation airplane and he kicked ass in school, 4.0 GPA and PhD program what not.
In 199x, to his dismay, he realized the world was about to betray him. People of indecent talents were rewarded, for no skills whatsoever but be in the right time at the right place. The society was blinded by greed and lack of education. It placed emphasis in non-good producing sectors and allocated TREMENDOUS percentage of its population in the pursuit of incredibly wasteful projects. Money was printed out of a hole in the wall and was given to all the no-talent in the world.
The man later admitted he is to some extent guilty in joining this folly, yet he said "he would rather betray the world first than the world betrays him". So off he went first writing useless softwares and next, learned to "shuffle papers".
In the years that followed, fully aware of what he did, he earned and saved what he could, which was accumulated at nearly 90x the rate of his comparable peers, while keeping an eye on when the unstable system would collapse so he can bail from the proverbial "exit", where he sat close by at all times.
Today, he says, this is the incredible IMBALANCE that all the leaders were talking about. It's just that there is no easy way to explain it to the commonfolks. That in the past 10-15 years they were engaging in (inadvertent) fraud and wasted their mortal life ruining themselves. There simply is no easy solution, if at all. Now jobs are getting destroyed, and the mirage will evaporate. Economic jargons were coined around this phenomenon, and yet the mirror is always there for those who want to look, and avoid holding the proverbial bags.
The scientist is alive and well, conducting his daily experimentation in the stock market today, while hiding the bulk of his wealth elsewhere out of reach in case an exhorbitant tax is put in place to take back the notes that are not supposed to be out there. And he sends his regards to you all. He also says he might just work on something useful, good-producing, when he's done experimenting.
The right enemy
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