Despite the opportunities I had to enter into the government sector and the world of multinational corporations, I instead opted to take a path towards a life which is oriented towards academics and journalism, for a number of reasons. For one, the federal government is treading thin ice from both a financial and logistical perspective, and this reality is obscured to a large extent by smoke and mirrors. The wise thing to do would be to disentangle oneself from such a precarious situation. Moreover, the toxicity involved in the government sector has become unbearable for many people, and as a result many people are either opting to not go into the government sector, or to leave it altogether. Adding to things is the rise of what is known as the “Havana Syndrome,” which is another reason for deterring intelligent individuals from pursuing a career in the U.S. foreign service and the intelligence field.
Also, in the long run, psychic income has a greater value than monetary income. Leisure and pleasure as the ends and goals of monetary income are in essence hollow and superficial goals. And if a life oriented towards academics and journalism is the goal, then the pursuit of money is a diversion from the actual goal and objective. There is also a Gypsy proverb which puts things into perspective: “Money and the Devil are two things which are never at peace.” To become extravagantly rich, it requires a certain level of corruption and exploitation that people with a conscience cannot accept.
One should also take into account the level of hypocrisy involved in the government sector. For example, Donald Trump was castigated by mainstream media entities such as CNN for catering to a “base.” But on the flipside, Joe Biden is doing exactly the same thing with the legislation that he has passed over the course of the past year, which in turn have added inflation to the overall economy. As Henry Hazlitt said, when government and policy cater to one specific group, it amounts to a net loss for everyone else.
Thus, when the mania of government and corporatism subsides, one is left with emptiness and devastation. As stated in Proverbs 16:18-21: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.”
It has also been said that if you enjoy and love what you are doing, then you do not have to work a single day, in addition to the fact that when you enjoy and love what you are doing, money will automatically follow. It has also been said by Napoleon Hill that if you do more than what you are asked for, you will eventually be paid for more than what you do. As a result, I opted to forgo the government sector and the corporate world for a “spin of the wheel” per se by doing what I love to do without much of a focus on monetizing, which is to run a blog with both academic and journalistic dimensions and write. I share these lessons particularly for young people who are curious and if they are navigating life as I was when I was much younger.