If a "Bad Thing" happens,
It will happen long after the "me" is gone.
If "the Bottom" is going to hit,
It will not hit until after I have vanished.
I only worry about the "me".
It is my religion.
How many times have you heard a fellow lemming say that?
OK, you are right.
They do not openly proclaim "ME'ism" as being their religion.
They claim they worship some other deity.
Maybe they call the other deity, "Allah".
Maybe they call the other deity, "Jesus".
Maybe they call the other deity, "Jehovah".
In truth they worship "Adam Smith".
Adam Smithism is a religion. It is "ME'ism" by another name.
The first commandment of Smithism:
1. "Ye shall worry about no one but thyself. Ye shall be greedy."
The second commandment of Smithism:
2. "Greed is Good"
Smithists believe in a holy transformation:
3. "And through thy greed there shall arise a societal good."
Smithists claim they are realists,
And yet, they believe in an "Invisible Hand"
Their Holy Prophet, Adam proclaimed:
...every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of the society as great as he can. He generally, indeed, neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. By preferring the support of domestic to that of foreign industry, he intends only his own security; and by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Nor is it always the worse for the society that it was no part of it. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.
What kind of realist believes in an "Invisible Hand"?
What kind of realist believes that ALL lemmings must be self-centered?
The Smithists among us --and their numbers are many--
believe we need to keep burrowing like mad,
we need to keep expanding our infrastructure
of interconnected tunnels
at an exponential growth rate.
Growth is Good.
Greed is Good.
There must be free flow of liquid assets
between all tunnels.
Free Flow of Funding is Good. It is Free Trade.
It says so in the Holy Prophet's book: "The Wealth of Tunnel Visions"