Author Topic: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus  (Read 10401 times)

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Re: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
« Reply #50 on: May 29, 2020, 05:49:33 PM »
Pete is Pete, we all know what we're getting when we read the blog. It's always going to come across as him lacking sympathy for employees. His entire trope is getting you to a position where you are not one of those people. That you can approach something like COVID-19 from a "position of strength". The message has always been harsh, that's his way of getting his point across. Honestly? Stands to reason there wouldn't be so much suffering from unemployment if more people were FIRED...

I don't expect him to be an expert on absolutely everything. So I don't take all my life advice from him. I read it, research some more if I find something interesting/unusual/odd and move on with my life.

This is not over folks, people that don't seem ill are spreading this thing - don't be that person!  This virus can be beaten, as New Zealand and Australia show, and many places are showing infections are on the decline or are stamping out quickly-identified and contact-traced embers...  but it takes the effort of all, discipline and being well-informed, and not giving in to blind hubris and optimism.  Being healthy might keep you alive (no guarantees), but certainly won't prevent an infection and spreading the virus further.

It can be beaten. It just takes a few weeks of seemingly harsh restrictions. We implemented it. Got it over and done with (despite the complaints from loud voices, including people in this forum who thought it unnecessary, and still think it unnecessary), now life is slowly getting back to normal.

In some respects this is similar to the GFC. The response from our governments (of both political flavours) was so good, and quick, a large proportion of the public seems to think the cause of the crisis wasn't that big a deal.


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Re: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
« Reply #51 on: June 13, 2020, 12:11:09 AM »
One last thing that has surprised me about MMM since this post that was so off kilter - I would have assumed he'd be posting more often now.  If he were willing to post this, then surely the changes that have come after have been very compelling.  Consumerism is hitting a new low, bike ridership at a new high.  I would've thought this site would be rockin' and rollin' with enthusiasm about the new normal.  So why the radio silence? 

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Re: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
« Reply #52 on: June 13, 2020, 06:22:47 AM »
Yeah, it's shocking that he's only written a miniscule five posts so far this year. By this time last year he had written a massively higher six posts.

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Re: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
« Reply #53 on: June 13, 2020, 10:41:29 AM »
Yeah, it's shocking that he's only written a miniscule five posts so far this year. By this time last year he had written a massively higher six posts.

Interesting point.  I hadn't thought to compare, so these were the 2019 posts:

May 2019 -Our Shared Ongoing Battle To Not Buy A Tesla
April 2019 -
The Real Benefit of Being Rich
How I Sold This Website for $9 Million
February 2019 -
How to Create Reality
Four Ways We Can Hang Out
January 2019 - How To Slow Down Time and Live Longer

And these are the 2020 posts:
May 2020 - Introducing Coverage Critic: Time to Kill the $80 Mobile Phone Bill Forever
April 2020 -
The Medicine of Mustachianism (a guest post from Marla)
No, You Didnít Just Lose Half Of Your Retirement Savings
March 2020 - Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
January 2020 - Exposed! Mr. Money Mustacheís 2019 Bachelor Spending!

2020 has basically been his usual annual spend post, the post that we are criticizing on this thread, and two guest posts (I count the 'coverage critic' as a guest post).  So yeah, he actually has slowed down on spreading 'the message' quite substantially.
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Re: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
« Reply #54 on: June 13, 2020, 02:13:51 PM »
He slowed down quite substantially years ago. He decided to be an actual retired person instead of a Ramit Sethi/Tim Ferriss full time lifestyle guru.

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Re: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
« Reply #55 on: June 13, 2020, 08:28:47 PM »
Yeah, I imagine thatís hard to care about writing the same blog for years and years. Iím usually sick of doing the same thing after 2-3 years. Everything that needs to be said has been said, and itís not like money is a motivator.

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Re: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
« Reply #56 on: June 13, 2020, 08:36:52 PM »
If you write more you could dilute your message. We should really be grateful that he has created this community.

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Re: Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
« Reply #57 on: July 06, 2020, 02:21:03 AM »
So he has updated his thoughts on Covid on his twitter and seems to be suggesting that soon America will have heard immunity... For someone who claims to be completely rational and science based it is quite disappointing to see his logic.  Also, in my opinion his message is almost dangerous as it would suggest no safety measures in New York would be necessary any longer!! I honestly like most of his advice and standpoints but on healthcare I would wish he would go back to his old ways of doing some more research on facts and science before posting some Trump like nonsense