Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to the discussion thread for another blog entry at this site:
You seem a bit “touchy” today, Rob. Things not going well?
I’ve been equally touchy since the first day, Anonynous. And about the same thing.
I don’t like Goon talk. It hurts everybody. It’s all negative and no positive.
Things are not going well in one respect — we are still hearing Goon talk. We are all worse off than we would be if there had never been any Goon talk or if we as a society had dealt effectively with it at some earlier time.
But things are going in an amazingly wonderful way in all other respects. For the last 35 years, we have had available to us all the major pieces we need to solve the stock investing puzzle. No earlier people have had access to all the good stuff that follows from that reality. We have it. We should be dancing in the streets rather than quarreling over nonsense or trying to gain the upper hand re things that don’t matter much in an ultimate sense.
We are working through a process that takes us from the rotten place where we are today to the wonderful place where we all deep our hearts long to be tomorrow. The good news here is 50 times more good than the bad news here is bad.
Would I change our situation to one where you Goons did not feel threatened because we had not gained access to the last big piece of the stock investing puzzle 35 years ago? I would not. Not in 10 billion years. Not for 10 billion dollars.
Does it drag me down that you Goons continue to live in negativity? Sure.
But whachagonna do, you know?
I don’t control the world, Anonymous. I control me to some extent and that’s about it. I have to live with what the rest of the world does, both the stuff I like and the stuff I don’t like. Like everybody else does.
I try to focus on the positive. There’s some negative that has been added to the mix. I don’t deny that. But I make an effort not to focus on it too much. I try not to let it stop me or hold me back. It has slowed me down a bit. That much is certainly fair to say. But it hasn’t stopped me for 15 years running now. I am proud and happy to be able to say that much.
I hope that helps a bit.
I naturally wish you all the best that this life has to offer a person, my good friend.