Is this the end of the "Age of Entitlement"?

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  1. mmm....shiney!

    mmm....shiney! Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    I know it's not your original post, nor are you alone in believing the fallacy that self-sufficiency is a positive thing, but the more people that have to cook, clean and do domestic duties for themselves, the less wealthy we will be.

    It's good economics and good for prosperity to specialise. It's not good economics nor is it good for prosperity to generalise.

    This goes for growing your own food, servicing your own car, dispensing your own medical advice and engaging in armed conflict with foreign mercenaries on your own soil. It generally dumbs down the population and reduces the quality of life we can expect. Specialisation is the key to evolutionary progress.
     
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    hmmm....i'd rather be a MacGyver.

    jack of all trades, master of one.
     
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    mmm....shiney! Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    You’re not though, you’re a farmer. And whilst farming is a less specialised position than many others, you still rely on specialisation to meet your needs.
     
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    i'm not a farmer, i'm a tradesman. you know how easy it is to get a job when you can do anything? after a few years your reputation begins to proceed you and employers seek you.

    then there are brain surgeons who can't change a flat tyre. they can operate on your brain though and that's all they are good at.
     
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    and I think what he is saying is that you will have less brain surgeons, I for one don’t think that’s a good thing or a representation of progress. Happy for people who are ‘handy’ though.
     
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    yeah i get that.
    however i'm often surprised how many seemingly well educated people can't do or figure out how to do some things.
     
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    Especially if you have permanent water.
    You can grow soil if you have water.
     
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    Their talent lay elsewhere?

    Adam Smith on specialisation:



    https://fee.org/articles/specialization-and-wealth/

    African swine flu became a pandemic in China because families wanted, or needed to be self-sufficient. Courtyard farming led to the spread of the disease, something factory farming has much greater success at dealing with because of its biosecurity measures.
     
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    Dunno why everything is struck through.
     
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    I thought you were a farmer? :oops:
     
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    i'm a man of mystery
     
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    This poor lady is at a right angle!

    Make sure you get enough vitamin D and calcium or this could be you!
     
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    Age of Entitlement is still going strong.
    Just head over to propertychat.com
     
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    Lol 50 shades of gold
     
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    No, no , no. Taking calcium supplements will make you hunch more and make your ticker plaques worse.
    You need something that will put calcium in the bones and teeth but not into the soft tissue.
    I'd put that lady on a leafy vegetable diet and add foods that are high in Vitamin K2 menaquinone. :)
    H
     
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    I like to do my own car work, house work,welding and everything. I'd never claim to specialize in it but it's nice to save money when I can and expand my skills.
    I've worked in building trades and car shops for years and can do most anything myself.
    I usually choose whether I want to tackle a project or not haha.
     
  20. mmm....shiney!

    mmm....shiney! Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    It's choice. :)

    Value is subjective. The freedom to choose how we go about enhancing value is critical.

    For some, that involves cooking for themselves because they derive pleasure from it and maximise utility. For others they choose to forgo the money saved on cooking at home and eat out instead because they derive greater pleasure from that whilst also maximising their utility.

    There is nothing virtuous about having to be forced to cook for oneself or service your own vehicle due to a a depression or recession, in the same way way there is nothing nothing virtuous about freely choosing to do those tasks yourself. Yes it makes good economic sense to reduce spending when times are tough, but learning to grow spuds in your own back yard or skinning a possum to eat because you're forced to because of economic circumstances it's not a cause for celebration.
     
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