"Vanity is the quicksand of reason."
Another bit of a bear raid in the metals took gold back down to touch the 30% retracement on the handle intraday.
Otherwise it was an uneventful day, as the true money believers placed another appendage in the dike of their illusions, and hoped for the best.
The word for the day is 'fatuous.' It means frivolous, silly and pointless.
Much of the financial market action in times of general fraudulence is fatuous, with genuine significance.
There is a faith based culture among the nation's financiers, as typified by Modern Monetary Theory, naturally efficient market theory, job creationism, free trade, and so forth. It serves to show that a lack of faith in God is easily compensated for by an equally fervent faith in something else, like yourself. Everyone believes in something.
And where the facts of the real economy are in conflict with such esoteric theories, a profane faith intensifies and rises to meet and exceed all objections. After all, it is bound by no exterior restraints, being by its very nature willfully self-referential and manipulative.
And nothing chafes vanity more than hard reality, some recent post election behaviour being a case in point.
Any person is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts and outcomes. So one may believe as they will, but will be held accountable by the numbers for their beliefs. At the end of the day, life is a school of probability.
See you Sunday evening.
Gangnam is an area of Seoul south of the Han River. It is an icon of the rapid economic development of South Korea, having benefited from skyrocketing real estate prices and planned economic development. Gangnam is where the elite live, and the well-to-do young people go to party. In the song, the rapper Psy describes the kind of guy he is and the kind of girl he wants, painting caricatures of the ostentatious culture of the people in Gangnam.This Korean rap video went 'viral' and is on its way to a billion views on Youtube. It is a 'catchy tune,' and would likely be easy to dance to in the manner of techno music which swept the Manhattan party scene during the era of the 'club kids.'
But it is also emblematic of the age and the culture: self-absorbed, frivilous, extravagant, unproductive, and vain.