Neil Young sung in his cranky style: "I don't sing for nobody, it makes me look like a joke. This note's for you".
I feel the same way.
This post's for you.
So many people want to rip you off, they only care about money, about themselves, and using other people.
These are the people I truly despise.
My goal in life is really to serve other people. I mean this in a few ways. One way to to provide products and services that businesses can use, help them get ahead, or that simply make the days easier.
Another way is to approach the world from the point of view of service. How can I help people (generally) and what, in my limited capacity, do I have to offer them. Sometimes I come up short. However, I've decided one of the ways is to write simple blogs on observations of the world and how I see it. Maybe some people, somewhere, find some enjoyment, inspiration, or challenge to my perspective. That's it.
The problem in being a 'giver' is that it leaves you exposed to every kind of 'taker' there is. This has happened a few times recently, and it simply makes me want to limit my human interaction to the bare bones.
Let's talk 'takers'. What usually happens is that they see something happening, they assume that I am living large and extravagantly (I assume) and they ingratiate themselves. They start small, making simply requests and try to blow smoke up my butt. These inevitably turn to larger (financial) requests. This is essentially the unethical 'bait and switch'. It's used by con men and women everywhere. It is a con. They are con artists. Not really being a strong negotiator, and not particularly interested in details, when it comes time to the 'switch', they go ballistic. All the fake friendly stuff goes out the window. It's all about them (as it was all along). They demand this, they demand this. I agreed to this, and I agreed to that. Well, no. Demanding something is not agreement. Not doing any work or service that is anything comparable to the value put out is not the agreement. It never ceases to amaze me that these worst kinds of these people do so very, very little and then scream the loudest about the world persecuting them. So I have no time for 'takers'. I have been burnt more times than a careless fireman. But as a I said, this note's for you. So in life, you can be a giver or a taker.The bigger challenge is distinguishing between the two.