Notes from the Publisher

I Find It Interesting

JB

I find it interesting that often times prosperity actually breeds anti-prosperous attitudes.

For instance, when you get to be prosperous, you often help people so that they don't have the same obstacles you faced.  The problem is that when you do that, the person never understands the attitudes required for success in adversity.  They take the fruit of prosperity, which is a gift, and transform it into a right.  Then, any deficiency from this new ideal becomes not just a problem to be dealt with, but a moral problem with those who are supposed to be providing the prosperity.  They have lost sight that prosperity is not a given in the first place, and, in order to be kept, must itself be vigorously defended, sometimes at the expense of some of the gifts of prosperity which they have grown accustomed to.

This is not just true in politics, but also in business.  I think this is one of the reasons which led to the Internet bubble collapse.  The Internet was built off of good business and hard work.  This created a bubble in which a bunch of companies could get by without hard work, live in plush offices, and goof off half of the day.  There's nothing wrong with that.  However, when the economy had issues, rather than cutting all of that, buckling down, and getting back to the basics, they continued the playtime atmosphere until it was too late to turn back.  They had taken their prosperity for granted, and it had itself become a moral right, instead of the fruit of success.