There are two reasons people get involved in a shithole industry: because they don’t know it’s a shithole, or because they don’t care.
Once you find out it’s a shithole, you’re stuck with a decision to make.
Do you care?
Hardly any industry starts out a shithole. It happens as people fuck with it and try to cheat the system. Initially, the industry was honest people doing honest business.
And then along came someone less-honest.
“You know what? I could cheat.”
And they do, and it makes them money. And then someone finds out about it, and that someone says “you know, I should probably report that person to the authorities, but I could also just cheat and make money instead.”
The single biggest weapon in the cheater’s arsenal is “let’s do it to someone else.”
Greed, sloth, vanity, pride, lust, gluttony, wrath.
Marketers leverage sin, not because they’re horrible people, but because WE are horrible people. Make more money. Do less work. Look better naked. Have the life you deserve. Have more sex. Lose weight without dieting. Get those damn gurus back for all their lies. We don’t fall for these pitches because that bastard marketer made the pitch. We fall for them because deep down, we are selfish and lazy and ignorant and mean.
Nobody has to work at making us terrible people. That’s who we are by default, just like we’re all born dirt-poor without a cent to our names. People are always concerned about what makes people bad and what makes people poor, but nothing makes them that way.
That’s just who people are.
Don’t get me wrong here – I’m not saying to embrace your inner dick and just lie, cheat, and steal with impunity. I’m saying that if you do not actively try to be a good person, you’re not a good person. Just like if you don’t actively try to be successful, you probably won’t.
Life is work. In and of itself, just getting from one day to the next is work. You are working all day, every day for something. Even if it’s just living through another day. And if you don’t know what you’re working for, you’re almost certainly investing that work on something selfish, lazy, ignorant, and mean which isn’t going to make you any better off in the long run.
And here’s where we really come down to the crux of it all.
If you are hanging around with a bunch of people working toward the same thing, you will want to work toward that thing too.
Humans are naturally social. If you hang around with a lot of people who crochet, or who play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you will want to crochet or play CoD:MW3 yourself. Because every time those people go off to do the thing they do, you don’t go do it with them, which has two effects:
1. You feel left out, like you’re not really part of the group.
2. The group feels like you’re not really one of them after all.
It should go without saying that this is a vicious circle. When both you and the group agree you’re not really part of that group, guess what? You’re not. And you start not getting invited to hang out with them. At first, it’s not getting invited to the thing they do which you don’t. Then it starts being other stuff. And eventually, it starts being everything.
Human beings hate to be alone. They hate to be the odd one out. No matter how despicable a group is, people would rather be a part of it than be all by themselves. So when there’s something your group does that you don’t, you’ve a powerful drive – ingrained in your human psychology – to start doing it yourself.
So guess what happens when you hang out with lying, cheating, stealing fuckwads who will do anything for a buck?
That’s why places become shitholes. Shitholery becomes the norm, and everyone in it starts to get all shitaholic. And that’s why you need to get the fuck out of those places.