..and not say or do anything intelligent unless paid for? These people would just perform to average standard in everything, and they would be like an average person for practically every purpose.
Nobody would participate in the strike by witholding those skills that they are already paid to use. If someone is underpaid, they would underperform while in strike.
When hearing that someone is starting their business in a pyramid scheme, they would withold their criticism, and let the soon-to-be-entrepeneur fail miserably.
When their boss would announce a business plan with fundamental flaw in it, the intelligent person would sell their information to the company, instead of of announcing it in the meeting.
When some of our acquintances would not know how to install their latest software, we would refuse to give advice for free.
Intelligent persons would not use their free time to arrange information in the internet for anyone to use freely.
When a national leader is being voted for, and there's a choise between a popularizing numbnut and a sensible person, they would vote for the numbnut.
In short, intelligent people would stop satisfying their needs for expression (which is why they give their intelligence away) and they would start thinking about the bottom line.
What on earth keeps them from doing that? Why do intelligent people flood the world with their economically valuable "products" that they give for free or for reduced price? WHat could justify such economically idiotic behaviour? It's not all just charity. Is it lack of knowledge? Is it the desire for self-expression? Is it because of the lack of selling skills?
One practical example: I was applying for a job as a computer specialist. I came to know that in that company,(during the last boom 'bout 7-8 years ago) people worked for 12 hours a day, for their 8 hour salary. Oh my oh my why they do so? They were so interested of their job, in an impractical way, that they give huge amounts of their work effort for free!!! What on earth could make a person behave in such impractical way? It was detrimental for my career development, because I did not enter the IT sector at the time. I thought that everyone giving their work for free was fucking nuts. By doing that, they diluted the value of their work. I was surely going to be paid less from my efforts, because the value of unit of work had declined. The said persons would have been employed anyway, even though they all had done just 8 hour work day.
So, bottom line, why don't intelligent people unite and stop giving their intelligence away for free?
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