Am I the only one NOT running a scam?

Am I the only one NOT running a scam?

Alice vs. Wonderland, Mike Gagnon, 2020, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright M. Gagnon 2024

Alice vs. Wonderland, Mike Gagnon, 2020, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright M. Gagnon 2024

 

In today's world, where everyone seems to be on the hunt for the next big hustle or running a YouTube channel on "How to Trick People into Thinking You're a Genius," you might find yourself pondering, "Am I the only one who isn't running a scam?" Well, dear reader, you're not alone in this thought. It's like we're all extras in a never-ending episode of "Con Artists Gone Wild."

First off, let's address the elephant in the room - social media. It's like a breeding ground for scams. You can't scroll for two seconds without stumbling upon an influencer selling a miracle potion that guarantees you'll look like a Greek god in seven days. Spoiler alert: it's just water with lemon, or maybe some overpriced vitamins. But hey, who am I to judge? If someone can convince people to buy air in a fancy bottle, maybe they deserve an award... or a reality check.

Then there's the world of business. Remember when companies just sold you stuff and that was it? Now it's all about subscription models, where you unwittingly sign up for a lifetime supply of something you used once. And let's not forget the startups with their revolutionary products. How many times have we heard the phrase, "This will change the world," only to find out it's a new app for sharing photos of your pet? Groundbreaking, indeed.

But wait, there's more! The finance sector deserves a special mention. Cryptocurrency, stocks, trading... it's like everyone's suddenly an expert. You've got twelve-year-olds giving financial advice on TikTok, and oddly enough, people are listening. Who needs years of study and experience when you've got viral videos, right? And let's not even start with the whole NFT thing. Selling digital art for millions sounds less like a business plan and more like a plot from a sci-fi novel.

Now, in the midst of all this, where do you stand? Probably questioning your life choices and wondering if you should've just joined the bandwagon. But here's the thing: being the only honest person in a sea of scammers is like being the only sober person at a party. Sure, you might feel a bit out of place, but at least you'll remember everything in the morning.

Of course, not everyone out there is running a scam. There are plenty of genuine people and businesses doing amazing things. But in a world where clickbait and sensationalism rule, they often get overshadowed by the more, shall we say, 'creative' ventures.

So, to answer your question, no, you're not the only one who isn't running a scam. You're just part of a rare breed that believes in the quaint, old-fashioned concept of honesty. And while it might seem like you're losing out in the short term, remember that integrity is a long game. When all the scams have run their course, you'll still be standing, probably with fewer followers on Instagram but with your dignity intact.

In conclusion, navigating through this maze of modern-day trickery can be exhausting. But take solace in the fact that you're not alone. There are others like you, holding onto the belief that not everything needs to be a hustle or a scam. Keep your head high, your morals higher, and maybe, just maybe, the world will start to follow suit. After all, in a world full of scams, being genuine is the most rebellious thing you can do.

Thanks for reading,

Mike

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