I feel bad. I feel like a sucker. One by one I fell for every lie. I talk about “don’t do this,” “don’t do that,” and yet I fell for all of them.
I’ve been in everything from a cult to the cult of homeownership, the cult of college, the cult of sex, the cult of drugs, every cult imaginable, the cult of corporate safety, the cult of money. Why couldn’t I just be smart from the beginning? Why does it take stupidity to become smart? Or maybe I’m still stupid. Who knows?
Let’s do one of those psychology tests where I ask you something and you say the first word that comes to mind. Here’s the usual responses I get after years of doing this:
Me: Home ownership. Other: “Roots”
Me: College: Other: “Good job”
Me: Good war. Other: “World War II”
Me: Success. Other: “Fame and money”
Me: Iran. Other: “They want to kill all the jews.”
Me: Voting. Other: “Doing something for your country.”
Home ownership — think about why you want to own a home. Just really take a step back and forget about all your biases. You think “renting is flushing money down the toilet.” You might think “home ownership is ‘roots’ for your family.” Why do you think these things? Isn’t it suspicious to you that everyone else says the same slogans? That I just wrote down the exact things that are you in your head when you try to justify buying a home?
Does it make sense at all that there is…