A monkey with a loaded gun does not make him a marksman

Monkey with a  loaded gun

I wrote four drafts of this #letsblogoff and scrapped every one. I don’t think the world needs another diatribe about how we are all getting stuff for free and think we are owed full service. I’ll let others do that.

Instead, I’ll just list a few things that make me go “Hmmmm…”

Social media experts who have found fame blogging believe they are experts about other things for which they have not spent the time honing the craft.

Soccer moms with crappy cameras who stand on the touchline and say things like, “Don’t waste your money on the photos. I’ll give you mine for free.”

Speakers who speak at conferences where the attendees have paid good money to attend and expect quality advice say things like, “The best thing about this software is it’s FREE!”

People who remix songs from others and claim to have talent and skill. Same with photos, paintings and prints.

Politicians who vote to send kids to war but don’t budget Veterans’ benefits when they come back all shot up.

Overhearing this being said; “Anyone can write.”

Just because a monkey with a loaded gun hits the target, it doesn’t make him a marksman.

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And this video says everything I need to say about the argument against ever increasingly low prices. The only thing I wish were different is if I could somehow spend a few bucks for the privilege of embedding it here in my blog for you to enjoy.

This blog post is part of a blog-off series with a group of bloggers from different professions and world views, each exploring a theme from his/her world view. This was about exploring the theme, If you can’t afford the tip, you can’t afford the meal. To explore how others handled the theme, check them out below. I will add links as they publish.

9 Replies to “A monkey with a loaded gun does not make him a marksman”

  1. This was wonderful! Thank you for my morning chuckle followed by my morning cry!!!!! I’m a designer and thanks to HGTV, most people think they can do it themselves. I like to respond with “I read a book about brain surgery – doesn’t make me a surgeon!”

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Oh crap! I forgot to add a line about anyone on HGTV, especially the real estate shows where all these idiot, entitled 20-somethings want the “open floor plan, 2 car garage, 2 1/2/ bath, granite countertop, space to entertain friends….” and then have that talk before the bid about how they are going to screw the current homeowner out of their equity or that they should pay for closing costs.

    Man, and I had calmed down a bit too and you get me all riled up with your HGTV talk… 🙂

  3. I have said many times that this economy will never recover, and I firmly believe that it will not. The greed of those who run the machine that runs the rest of us into the ground has finally overloaded the ship of state. The lie told was that those jobs going to China would make no difference because we would use our superior brains to compete in the new economy. What has happened is this: the industrial jobs have gone to China, the computer jobs have gone to India, and the USA has gone in the crapper, pretty much. They have sold us out, and to add insult to injury, they have sold us to the lowest bidder.

  4. Dude, have you been following me around my entire life? While studying theater arts, I had to listen to kids with “real” majors say “Oh, how fun! I was in a play in high school.” Then, they take an “easy A” drama course, don’t do the reading and blow off the papers. Then, they go crying to the TA because they will never get into >insert grad school here< if they don't get an A. Try earning an A, idiot.

    I also spent a few years making and selling candles at craft fairs. Great money in the fall and winter. One dork picks up my candle and says, "Oh, I could do this." Put it down and walked away. Well then, why don't you? Then, another dork accused me of not crafting my own work — I looked too young. I would have loved to give him what-for, but I needed him to go away so I could do business. Oy.

    Great blog post. You got me all riled up! 😛

  5. Joe, I think we are going into a different kind of economy where the most among us will not be as affluent as we all hoped to be. When you see that Apple has bought a flash memory plant in Israel, you begin to wonder why that could not have been the United States? Israelis are by no means low-paid wage labor so the whole myth of low-cost labor goes right out the window. If you read Steve Jobs’ biography, he talks about moving to China simply because he could not find 30,000 engineers to support the development of Apple’s product line. It was never, ever about cost. He knew Apple customers would buy the product even if he had to add another $1,000 to the price tag.

    We need to get past this “low price is king” way of thinking. I’m afraid we have shot ourselves in both feet by allowing the intellectual capital of this country to be pillaged along with any investment in the last two generations in the ability and willingness to learn. We are now a country so convinced of our own smarts that we somehow forget that we still needed to tackle the books.

  6. I HAVE been following you around and thank you for the education in the more unseemly places which I would never have discovered on my own! 🙂

    I have an English degree and have heard my whole life that it will never be useful. I’m really not sure how it has been useless so far as it has enabled me to read and write circles around engineers and other equally challenged idiots with “real majors” who couldn’t rub two words together to get a sentence that would convince anyone to write them a check. But, that is my demon I wrestle with.

    The world is full of people who know how to do everything and can do nothing. That is why the database Google is amassing on all of us is so worthless. It is the modern “craft fair” where experts of no depth are minted.

    The world by clock and fist.

  7. It’s hard for me to believe that a “myth of low-paid labor” has sent all the jobs to China when I see the results every time I shop. Go to the store and buy products that are NOT made in China these days. Wal-Mart, of course, is wholly given over to the cheap, but they are certainly not the only store that has done this. I see very little these days that is not manufactured in China.

    The prevailing wage in china is currently 44 cents per hour, and although they claim to have labor standards, their factory people typically work eighty-hour weeks. Are we really to believe that people have their products made in China for anything but the cheap labor? They also have virtually nothing in the way of safety standards, environmental regulations or any of the other protections that a civilized nation erects to protect the people who do the work and those who will inherit the Earth.

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