Why I can't sell crack or be a banker


The two fastest ways to make money must definitely be selling crack or being a banker. Neither of these professions requires much effort or even education. All you need is some cash to start-off with and you are good to go. You can always find some fool to take a loan from you with thirty percent interest or to find some fiend to give you a hundred dollars for a gram of crack several times a day – that’s the nature of the business.

Either way if you are dealing with a crack-dealer or a banker you are most likely getting ripped-off and being suckered into a long-term relationship where by the end you can easily lose your car, house, life etc. The crack-dealer like the banker, wants you as their loyal customer: for life (until they throw you on the street because they have taken everything you own and they are done with you or you overdose)!

I must agree that chopping rocks is a more dangerous profession than selling derivatives because your competition carries guns and isn’t afraid to shoot. Bankers on the other hand do not often murder each other. That is a main difference I suppose: bankers stop just short of taking your life. That has no monetary value for them so they let you live. The crack-dealer though, doesn’t care much and if needed will take your life.

In terms of actual work: neither of them does much. Actually if you are cooking the crack you are probably putting in more effort than a banker because you do require doing something before the actual sale. The banker doesn’t make the money he sells; it is already made for him/her.

In both professions all one cares is about making profit with the least amount of risk. Generally the banker will have less risk involved because he/she is not seen as an outlaw. Ultimately his risk is with the customer who might not pay him/her back the profit he/she wants or the money that was lent-out.

The crack-dealer experiences the same problem and more though. Not only is he/she worried about being paid back the tabs they create for customers but there are many other things that have to be taken in consideration. The job is an illegal job thus, the possibility of getting arrested is very real. A price-war with competitors or a fight over customers can easily end in a gun-fight and that is nothing a banker would ever have to experience.

The mismanagement of money is a problem for the both. The crack-dealer spends most of his/her money on jewellery, cars, parties and lawyers that are supposed to keep him/her out of jail. In the end, dead or in jail the money accumulated will not help you if you’re selling rocks. The same goes for the banker who spends his/her money on lobbyists, planes and extravagant functions: none of the money accumulated will help them. In the end you hear stories such as the one about the entrepreneur from Yarm, near Stockton, who jumped from the top of the Coq d’Argent restaurant at no. 1 Poultry in London after hearing that he was going to lose his job.

I live in a fairly large city, I see both of these types of people around and from the outside they look very much alike. Both wear designer cloths. They hold fat cigars and drive flashy cars. They all look like they’re flying on Aladdin’s carpet and I am almost inspired to follow in their footsteps. Yet behind that façade is a nasty world of crippling lives, poverty, addiction and often suicide. I would have been either of them if I was fine with breaking people down and stepping on their heads to get higher.


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Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

The analogy you made, Mr. Happy is great since both of those “respected professionals” are relaying on people with severe addictions.

The instant gratification of the ones who live their life according to O’Hara’s psychology of “I will think about this tomorrow” is not much better than that of a drug addict.

You are right, being a banker is by no means that risky at all; look at the ones who did well for themselves while loosing billions for the rest of us. Did anyone of them suffer any consequences for their irresponsible acts motivated by greed? Nope! Just the opposite is true; they got rescued by the government, they paid themselves big bonuses and once again they are doing business as usual.

Given a chance I could have bankrupt any financial institution for a lot less remuneration.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I fully agree. You can be a failed banker and the taxpayers will pay your bills, a pretty good deal!


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Better yet -- can I buy crack on my credit card?


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

"Anything is possible, it just costs more." - Not sure where I heard that.

Thank you for the comments!!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

The bankers actually provide the crack too.

Ultimately - the poor - the crack heads -they don't have planes that fly to Colombia.


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

Love it! Why did you leave lawyers and politicians out. It would make a good country song..


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mister bytchy 5 years ago from Sheffield UK

Of course you are right on the button! The (W)bankers in Britain are even worse than those you have in T.O. The British ones don't take any risk at all and when they still fail, because of their complete inadequacy, the government all but buys them (80% in the case of a particularly ugly one, RBS). Then the government still allows them to practice their stupidity. I had a business fail this year (leaving 14 people unemployed) because of these A holes. I heard an interesting comment on a british TV show, "we should inject poisonous gas into all public buildings(and banks), then start from scratch".

Bytchy.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yes, both carry inherent risks to their buyers. As you say, bankers do not carry guns...but, dealing with them carry great risk to the buyer in that when the banker is done with you, you may well want to take your own life. I enjoyed the connection you made with both forms of lowlife.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Micky, you are right indeed about drugs being brought in North America. It is not the corner drug dealer who goes to Latin America to bring the cocaine. It is the CIA (the case of Oliver North and how he funded the Contras with cocaine money, is commonly known), the military and the like who load the planes. Thanks for stopping by.

Mr. GNelson, I did not include politicians and lawyers indeed. Perhaps somebody else can take a shot at them lol. Cheers!

Mr. Mister (lol) The reason the bankers got us to pay fo their mismanagement of money is because the politicians are bought-off. This is the main problem and it worries me because I see no easy way of solving it. Thanks for the comment.

Mrs. Amy I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Thank you.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks for taking time to respond to my rant. Is Anyone Praying for President Obama!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I like this hub because it compares both world in a most intelligent fashion. It is interesting to read the comparison but meaning for each way of life still remains with the perceiver.

"The Banker" is a symbol. He is not real but exists in the mind of someone who needs the symbol in order to justify something else. "The drug Dealer" is also a symbol and does not in reality exist because it is like using the symbol "book" which can mean any number of books and each telling its own story. Once again the meaning lies in the mind of the perceiver who needs it for some reason.

A baby is not born into a job that happens as a result of many choices along the way and these choices all add up to create a way of life. Choice is made in the now but as long as we continue to live by the choices we made yesterday we will stay in the same job. This is fine as long as we feel fulfilled doing what we do. I am sure even a banker or a drug dealer must get some job satisfaction. "Money comes and goes, morality comes and grows." Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Thank you Wolfman for an amazing hub. I mean it.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

"Money comes and goes, morality comes and grows." - Now, that is an awesome quote! I love it.

Thanks for dropping by Mr. Spirit Whisperer. Cheers!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Very cool hub. Voted up. In the end, you make do with what you got. In the end, the crack dealer gets better benefits.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks for the read Thelyricwriter! I had fun with this blog, I am happy you enjoyed it. Cheers!


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

I spent seven years working in the call centers of a major bank and a major insurance company, During that time, they lied to us (the workers), lied to the customers, lied to the news, lied, lied, lied. I live in a part of the US where getting someone to pay you to do anything is very hard, so I stuck with this because they kept promising me I could get off the phones after 'one more year'. I never got off the phones. I had a heart attack at my desk in 2008. I will never do this work again. I don't care if I have to eat out of a dumpster, and I am not joking. You nailed this, Mr. Happy. If you don't have your own self-respect, you have nothing. I think people used to call it 'honor' but nobody seems to know what that is anymore. Voted up. Thank you. :)


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings CR Rookwood,

thank You for taking the time to read and comment. I suppose You can tell how much I agree with people making profit and getting wealthier while stepping on other's heads. It is a great problem in my opinion when we only think "profit" and "money", as those are the "end" things in Life.

Thank You for not working for the banks anymore, the bubble is going to burst soon anyway so in my opinion, working for banks nowadays does no longer provide one with financial security.

All the best!


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kallini2010 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I probably should just laugh it off - I don't see you either as a crack dealer or a banker, so I guess it was not something you would have regretted had you reached your 100th birthday.

The difference between the two categories as I see it - Crack-dealers are most likely Oranges at least closer to the bottom rings of the Cocaine Distribution Business Pyramid whereas bankers (from low to higher) are most likely Golds.

The difference - when you "Colour Your World" and see people through the prism of four colours

Oranges are people of action, they are more likely to be welcoming the adrenaline rush (so the criminals and police officers would be both Oranges, just on the different sides of the fence)

and

Golds are managers, the least risk takers, they like security, so the bank s are just the perfect place for them.

And you, I would say are a Blue-Orange person, a Che Guevara of sorts, you don't shoot people for justice, but given the opportunity I can picture you as a Soldier for Justice.

And I am Blue-Green, where Green stands for analysis and "Why-asking" and I had plenty of ethical/non-ethical choices and when I see how society in general chooses money over ethics and then wonders "WHY?" I want to start an underground movement, too

"Stop the greed! Stop the insanity!" Something like that.

I don't like crack-dealers.

I don't like bankers either.

You know there is a joke

"A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it".

Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

"Stop the greed! Stop the insanity!" - I like that Kallini! Great slogan. : )

Money over ethics is what landed us where we are with all the bank meltdown and all ... yet, many people are still sleeping. Ohh well, they will wake-up when they find themselves on the street ...

All the best and thank You for stopping-by! : )


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Man of Honour 3 years ago from Isle of Man

Brilliant hub highlighting the real problems in our society where perceptions are unequal. A crack dealer is looked upon as scum of the earth for for what they do, however bankers do as much damage where they can legally rip people off and destroy their lives methodically and be celebrated and held in high esteem by society. The difference is that bankers deliver their service with a smile which allows people to remain comfortable and unaware of their own raping.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You very much for this comment as well, Man of Honour. That is indeed the main problem: banksters and politicians have managed over the years to change laws around in such a way that their actions are no longer criminal. Like lobbying for example - I call it legal bribery. And that is what it is lobbyists bribe politicians but they do not call it bribery, they call it lobbying.

All this will end though. Enough is enough.

All the best!


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Billie Kelpin 2 years ago from Newport Beach

Charming piece.

"Yes, as through this world I've wandered, I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen." Woody Guthrie.

I especially like your sentence "Neither of these professions requires much effort or even education." I've tutored and interpreted for college students in all fields of endeavor. The easiest tutoring I've done is preparing a student for a Business exam, the hardest interpreting I've ever done is in a Meteorology class trying to explain quarks, quasars, and the universe. (That being said, however, I hope the guy who approved our new credit account this month isn't reading this. It helped us end paying on our OTHER account at 29%! )

The secret is to somehow figure out how to save enough money to not be dependent on the banker, and to "find yourself " enough to not be dependent on crack.


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Haha!!

I love that first quote!

And I love your comment as well, Mr. Kelpin - balanced and to the point. I certainly do wish every person on this planet can at one point be free of the financial enslavement which banksters have created.

Well, as a Romanian Poet, Mircea Dinescu once said: "We'll die and see."

All the very best and thank You for stopping by!


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steve8miller 17 months ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

Hello, Mr. Happy great per usual keeping up the age old fight. When the people wake up they will realize that our history in school is a lie. Evil men by nature will control good people. Good people do not believe in evil tactics, the fact good exist is a miracle.

It would appear being a man of science that Jesus was the game changer. As the holy spirit lives in us and the power of truth will bring light onto the demons of this world. In order to be so evil, these men have to hold an evil doctrine which is applied to all their bloodlines. Thus, we have the Illuminati.

They control the heads of all major secret societies, meaning they control the media and everything else. It is the media that is their illumination the ability to brainwash the masses. The internet is changing the game the great web of truth.

We need to stop the personal greed and their power will fade. To do this, we need to go back to the spirit that tells us how to overcome earthly desires. I have many writings as you know on such topics. Creating positive alternative media is a must. When we replace fear with love we will be able to easily overcome anything they throw at us. The test will be soon as we all know something is coming.

Anyone hearing something like a bank virus on a Friday that will be fixed on Monday have no fear. They will give us the power to get away from their wicked system. Fear makes their tricks work keep in mind it is all just a media trick. If you hear something of an invasion just know higher beings have no reason to invade earth, just another media trick. If the grid goes down by a solar flare again media trick. Have no fear and they cannot win. Thanks again Mr. Happy.


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Mr. Happy 17 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for your comment Mr. Steve8miller, I appreciate it.

"Creating positive alternative media is a must." - I certainly agree with You here because the main stream media is just too stale, too narrow0minded and controlled by corporations and/or oligarchs.

We're making progress, in my opinion. People are starting to see more and more through the facade of politics and propaganda. Keep the Spirit up.

Cheers!

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