So long, Voat fam. The city sent me a letter today informing me that the house I inherited does not meet city standards. I knew this day was coming. I put everything into my business thinking a modest return would provide enough to get me up to code. It would have, but there will be no return.
Alas, I read How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams too late. (Or perhaps I read it at the right time but my big win isn’t what I wanted.) I was already doing almost everything in the book. The big mistake I made that Mr. Adams punched me in the face with too late was that charity should come after you have taken care of yourself. I thought that by doing charity and taking care of others somehow karma would reward me in a “what comes around goes around” conceit. It was an arrogant idea. If you want to be a servant, first get your three square meals a day so you have the energy for it.
I don’t know what my big win will be. Maybe it’s just to fumble through life and be forgotten – like a leaf falling into a stream without making a ripple. I suppose that sounds sad to normal folks, but as someone whose course in life seems like it was set by every bully whoever taunted him, to me it sounds perfectly wonderful and peaceful. Whatever it is, I know the system that gets me there won’t involve Voat, my business, or, sadly, my house.
Although I am not nearly as important as I think I am, I am proud to have been a part of the Alpha members. I am not going to delete my account, but I won't be active or lurking (hardly) anymore. Writing this is my ritual way of moving on, but if you are reading, please go read Scott Adams’s books. Even if you don’t get anything out of them – which would be an accomplishment in itself – he is giving back in ways more useful than the Hollywood narcissists are. However, if you really want to give something to a Hollywood narcissist, then I would suggest the Dreyfuss Civics Initiative.