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A few thousand years ago in ancient Greece was born Plato, a face that dispenses with presentations, Plato is one of the fathers of Philosophy, and Philosophy is the mother of all Sciences. There is a work by Plato called “The Republic” (I suggest you read) – it’s a classic, from the classics of the classics. “The Republic” is such a colossal and gigantic classic that millions of other books derive only from it, including this post derived from this classic.
There is a very famous passage in the book, called “The Cave Myth”. For Plato, the world was divided into two worlds: the world of sensations and the world of ideas. And this is what myth explores, the difference between these two worlds that coexist in one whole.
The world of sensations is the world that presents itself, what you feel, see, hear and smell, and this is the world that you can absorb with your primary senses. Plato created the myth to explain the world. Let’s go to the myth.
There was a cave with a few prisoners inside it, men were chained by arms and legs, they could not turn around to see what was behind them, there was a huge fire that provided heat and light inside the cave, between the bonfire And the men, had a small passage through which other men, animals, and objects passed; The light from the blaze of the bonfire projected the remnants of these people into a wall in front of the prisoners, so all they could see were the shadows of what lay behind them.
All the shadows on the wall were what they could see, they could distinguish various shapes, various animals, various objects, various sizes of men, women, and children, all in the shadows. They too could hear the sounds and talk to them. This was their world.
One prisoner could break the chains that held him after a lot of force for several years. At great cost he was able to walk out of the cave, blinded by sunlight at first and then began to discover the world around the cave, met the night, the forest, rivers, waterfalls, small animals, sighted the sky, Men and women in the distance, and I marvel at all that.
It was a splendid new world in colors, sounds, and sensations. He remembered the old friends of the cave and went there to tell what the world was like outside. His friends did not recognize him, they threatened him, they told him that it was a lie, that it was impossible, that he had gone mad, accused him of insanity, threatened him with death, mocked the fallacy he spoke, many negative reactions possible. Even so, a small group believed and trusted the friend, they were helped by this, they were freed and escaped of the cave with him, while others remained forever chained in the cave.
Now let’s talk about finance, which is why this blog exists. In the financial blogosphere in Brazil and the US, the trending topic most quoted, spoken, searched, searched and sought is the Financial Independence, including is the most accessed trend for this site.
I wanted to make it clear here a few things:
1- If I told you that you would need a few years of hard work and savings to live a relative Financial Independence would you believe?
2-If I told you that you do not need 3-5 million reais to retire, would you believe it?
3. If I told you that you can have a high standard of living without spending a buck every month would you believe it?
4- If I told you that your financial independence is a distant thing and almost impossible to fault exclusively yours because you want to live an extremely high standard retirement and that will require a huge accumulated assets to keep all that you believe?
5. If I tell you that there is a wonderful life with a lot of freedom and you can live in it doing things like reading books, visiting places, cooking, learning, trying new things, starting a business of your own, or even a new career, or Simply taking care of your life and your family, practically retired by choice and without spending much or spending well less than half of your current expenses … Would you believe it?
6- If I told you the BIGGEST PROBLEM OF YOUR LIFE is your LIFESTYLE, spending too much on furniture, clothes, ballads, car, transport, eating out and expensive fun, would you believe?
I have more questions to ask you and to make you think:
What do you think is THE CAVE of Plato?
It is the world we live in.
What are the shadows on the walls that we see?
It is the material things that we perceive through the five senses.
Who is the prisoner who is released from the cave?
It may be you, understand as you wish, the Philosopher, the investor, the person.
What is the outside world?
It’s reality. They are perfect ideas. It is the world that exists and that the prisoners could never see.
When the liberated was to speak of the outside world he suffered rejection MOST OF THE PRISONERS. Understand, THE PEOPLE ARE NOT READY to leave the cave, are accustomed to the shadows, are receiving water and food, are talking to each other and exchanging the same ideas. Some are not ready to leave the cave, many will not even try, others will only doubt and shrug, a minority will be able to break free of the shackles.
Do you really think you’re free? Or arrested? Recognize the handcuffs that trap you inside the cave? Think carefully.
Who trapped you there? What keeps you from leaving? Do you want to go out? What if it came out?
Dear friends, what else is there in the world are the shadows, the shadow of the limitation imposed on you by your parents, the schools, the educational system, the set of beliefs of your family and friends, shadows brought by religion, political blindness , By ignorance, by big corporations, by governments and media, by wrong social values, by addictions like drugs, internet, pornography, language barriers and more. These shadows make for you a reality in a wall that becomes your truth.
Shadow is your friend’s chariot (this dazzles your senses), funded down to the stalk (actually the car is from the bank but your friend is using), the shadows are people traveling overseas sporting social networks (in fact they are And the special check), the shadows are everyone wasting their happiness (in fact their lives are empty and they do not even notice or camouflage how they can with drinks, parties, small trips, many sexual partners, hiding in a love or a family ), The shadows are the promises of a magnificent future that will never come, that never-ending contest, the legal marriage and the partners you will never have, and the true love you will never have. Shadows are designer clothes, designer watches, handbags, shoes, glasses, electronic gadgets, iPad, iPhone, MacBook. All this is the shadow. All these shadows deceive us.
Reality itself is the world where we live in a brutal war for survival where thousands of humans and animals die every day. The reality is capitalism with assets and liabilities being traded all the time. The reality is you prepare for your retirement, accumulate assets, take care of your health, grow in your profession, protect yourself from robberies, pitfalls and people envious and envious.
The reality is your income tax return, the reality is the dividends coming into your brokerage account every month, the reality is the absence of a few useless tickets to pay, the reality is to be happy with what you have and working on it Personal, family and professional. The reality may be sleeping in peace without fear of debt, unemployment or falling standards of living.
One small truth is that the number of people who have achieved Financial Independence is very, very, very small. And even fewer are the number of them who publish their result if they “expose” in blogs even if anonymous (as in my case) and try to help others. I see them as the first fugitives of the caves, who gradually return to the caves to tell us many things.
I have the humble pretension to reach my FI within a few years and so I can always write here and try to spend some of what I learned and share and learn more with you and encourage others to do the same. It’s not about money, it’s foolish, it was never about money, it was about freedom.
For now, there are few people to follow, as many reach their FIs, others can join them and so the chain is growing, helping people, exchanging ideas and communicating. The internet is there for that. Achieving Financial Independence REQUIRE A NEW LIFESTYLE IN THOUGHT AND ACTION. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET THERE.
Most investment websites and blogs, you will realize, teach you how to “play the game”, explain the rules, explain the assets, give all the concepts and all. My intention here is not to be one more just in that way. My intention is not to say buy stock, fixed income and real estate fund 33% / 33% / 33% in each, and be happy, save and contribute. This is too simple.
Understand that most people never get rich, because they think and act the same way, their ideas contaminate each other. Everyone inside the cave living the same life is what exists in the world. You will not get rich doing what most do, this is very obvious, and the worst thing is that a lot of people think YES!
The point here is to know the same and beaten rules but play the game differently, think creatively to solve problems and discuss simple and cheap solutions (even sleeping in the car, not even eating sweet potatoes with fried chicken).
The middle class itself is the most contaminated, it is she who has a chance to get out of the cave and does not leave. The shackles are his jobs, his early marriages, his early children, his credit card bills, his dozens of tickets, his apartment financing in a good neighborhood, his 25 years of housing financing, financed vehicles, some loans, Non-existent contributions, heavy expenses …
The middle class lives on wages, everything depends on a damn against check, including their own marriage and respect for their children. Want more powerful handcuffs? The more expenses and commitments, the more handcuffed you are. The more new clothes, gifts, travel, loans, finances, birthday parties, expensive colleges, night clubs, car exchanges and etc … more chains are added to your neck.
You have to identify the shadows of the world.
You have to identify the handcuffs in the world.
You have to dream about life outside the cave, you have to try to get rid of the shackles, avoid the traps, you have to dare to see the light of the sun.
Let’s wake up guys. I do not want to live my whole life looking at the shadows on a wall.