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Imprimis/Hillsdale College article on marijuana and mental illness

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All the science these experts need can be found at 3 Mile , just outside of Spanishtown Jamaica on the way up to the Blue Mountains ...
The evidence suggests that 87.45% of the Jamaican population sufferes from mental illness....

Please pass the ganja , I am about to go nuts....
 

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All the science these experts need can be found at 3 Mile , just outside of Spanishtown Jamaica on the way up to the Blue Mountains ...
The evidence suggests that 87.45% of the Jamaican population sufferes from mental illness....

Please pass the ganja , I am about to go nuts....
The rasta's are some of the smartest people on earth! They were calling out the Lucifarian Babylonian, Vatican evil that is all throughout the Q thread for decades!
 

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As if alcohol abuse doesn't cause much worse damage to the human body.
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How about the munchies? Is it true that most porn actors/actresses are big pot heads, helping them deaden their conscience? And what about getting a deviated septum? Oops, wrong drug....
 

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For some reason Imprimis has been sending me their junk mail articles for the last 20 years. I can assure you it is propaganda and misinformation.
 

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I dont know about the mental illness thing...I have smoked for the better part of my adult life and have seen no such symptoms in either myself or anyone else that partakes.

And besides - what exactly is "mental illness"? A person who thinks differently? An outlier? Someone that is measured to be on the outer edges of the bell curve?
 

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Yes, I read most of the article, and I think it's possible, but in most cases highly unlikely enough as to be insignificant. Except perhaps to some psychotic writer trying to make some bucks.

Here's how. Cannabis is at it's best an amplifier, which is why it works so well for most homeostatic remedies, it amplifies our normal ability to heal ourselves, but in the psychotic, it can amplify the users psychosis, just like it can amplify a normal users emotions, like laughter or paranoia.

But talk about blaming the plant for a very few of it's users problems. This writer is a fucking idiot from that standpoint alone...
 
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I dont know about the mental illness thing...I have smoked for the better part of my adult life and have seen no such symptoms in either myself or anyone else that partakes.

And besides - what exactly is "mental illness"? A person who thinks differently? An outlier? Someone that is measured to be on the outer edges of the bell curve?
"Mental illness" = Ain't swallowing our bullspit anymore!

Cathy O'Brian said that these occultists do not like MJ because it opens up neural pathways in your brain. In other words it increases intelligence and spiritual awakening. Naughty, Naughty!
 

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I've only been smoking it for 42 years and have thrown away my TV, dropped out of society and live a life much more in harmony with nature. Not perfect but trying. I guess some would say I'm crazy but I could look at most of society and think they are crazy as well.
 

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I've only been smoking it for 42 years and have thrown away my TV, dropped out of society and live a life much more in harmony with nature. Not perfect but trying. I guess some would say I'm crazy but I could look at most of society and think they are crazy as well.
Tossing out the TV is the most crucial step toward true awakening of ones wisdom and forging true "self thoughts". They don't call it programming for no reason.
 

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Is it true that most porn actors/actresses are big pot heads,
I respectfully ask that if a member actually knows "most porn actors/actresses" & their personal habits, that they start their own thread.
Pics allowed.............:ponder:
 

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Here's an article that may shed some light on the subject.

ETYMOLOGY OF ASSASSIN https://www.alamut.com/subj/ideologies/alamut/etymolAss.html

NOTE: For a synopsis of this document and more information about the history of Alamut please refer to my Index to the History of Alamut.

In the 'History of Alamut' there are at least four etymologies given for the word assassin.

User of hashish
Follower of Hassan
Rowdy people
Asas
Below I've included excerpts from various sources which argue the 'correct' etymology of the term. Generally contemporary Isma'ili sources reject the 'hash' root entirely (though do not, interestingly enough, reject the Alamutis 'terrorist' reputation) as demeaning to Isma'ilis.

Myth : The word assassin is derived from the word hashish.

It is a common myth that the word assassin comes from the Arabic word haschishin for hashish user.

The story is that al-Hassan ibn-al-Sabbah used hashish to enlist the aid of young men into his private army known as assassins (aschishin - or follower of Hassan). One of the primary sources for this information comes from the writings of Marco Polo who visited the area in 1273, almost 150 years after the reign of Al-Hassan.

There are many conflicting facts and sources for this information.

In the early 11th century, al-Hassan became the head of the Persian sect of the Ismailians, a rather obscure party of fanatics which gained local power under his guidance. In 1090, al-Hassan and his followers seized the castle of Alamut, in the province of Rudbar, which lies in the mountainous region south of the Caspian Sea. It was from this mountain home that he obtained evil celebrity among the Crusaders as "the old man of the mountains", and spread terror through the Mohammedan world.

In the account given by Marco Polo in "The Adventures [or Travels] of Marco Polo" it is told that "The Old Man kept at his court such boys of twelve years old as seemed to him destined to become courageous men. When the Old Man sent them into the garden in groups of four, ten or twenty, he gave them hashish to drink. They slept for three days, then they were carried sleeping into the garden where he had them awakened.

"When these young men woke, and found themselves in the garden with all these marvelous things, they truly believed themselves to be in paradise. And these damsels were always with them in songs and great entertainments; they; received everything they asked for, so that they would never have left that garden of their own will."

When the Old Man wished to kill someone, he would take a young man and tell him they could return to Paradise if they entered his service and followed his instructions or died in his service.

From this account it is farily clear that hashish was not the substance used. First, hashish is seldom prepared in a liquid form Hassan would drug young men with a substance which "cast them into a deep sleep" from which they could not be awakened. They were then carried to a beautiful secret garden which was impenetrable and unseen by any but those intended to be his haschishin. When they awoke in the garden, surrounded by beautiful naked women and boys, they were told that they were in Paradise. After a few hours of bliss, they were again made unconscious with the unknown substance. Awakening back in the presence of "The Old Man of the Mountain" they were told that he had given them this glimpse of Paradise and that they would go to Paradise if they entered his service and followed his instructions or died in his service. Thus, he recruited an army of assassins who were the first terrorist gang.

It is from this story that the connection between the words assassin and hashish is drawn. It is said that the word assassin comes from the Arabic word haschishin for hashish user. But Hassan and his followers didn't speak Arabic; they were Persians. Assassin comes from Hassassin -- a follower of Hassan.

Hassan, in fact, was a hashish prohibitionist. He argued that the Koran's ban on alcohol was a ban on all intoxicants, so his assassins were drug free terrorists. Except in the false Paradise where they were served wine as one of the joys of heaven. So, it is desire for alcohol not hashish that helped motivate the Assassins.

At the same time, within the crusading-culture of a pre- and early-modern Europe, the Syrian and Persian Nizaris took shape as Muslim mercenaries-cum-fanatics who murdered their victims while high on opium or hashish. If this propagandist concoction of a 'stoned' assassin fails to fit the complex reality of the discipline and training required for committing what was always an explicitly political act, the popular notion of Nizaris as a community of killers also denies their rich, multivalent culture.

- Farhad Daftary, The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Isma'ilis

"The Old Man kept at his court such boys of twelve years old as seemed to him destined to become courageous men. When the Old Man sent them into the garden in groups of four, ten or twenty, he game them hashish to drink [sic]. They slept for three days, then they were carried sleeping into the garden where he had them awakened.

"When these young men woke, and found themselves in the garden with all these marvelous things, they truly believed themselves to be in paradise. And these damsels were always with them in songs and great entertainments; they; received everything they asked for, so that they would never have left that garden of their own will."

And when the Old Man wished to kill someone, he would take him and say: 'Go and do this thing. I do this because I want to make you return to paradise'. And the assassins go and perform the deed willingly."

- Marco Polo - on his visit to Alamut in 1273

"Many scholars have argued, and demonstrated convincingly, that the attribution of the epithet 'hashish eaters' or 'hashish takers' is a misnomer derived from enemies the Isma'ilis and was never used by Moslem chroniclers or sources. It was therefore used in a pejorative sense of 'enemies' or 'disreputable people'. This sense of the term survived into modern times with the common Egyptian usage of the term Hashasheen in the 1930s to mean simply 'noisy or riotous'. It is unlikely that the austere Hasan-i Sabbah indulged personally in drug taking."

"There is no mention of that drug [hashish] in connection with the Persian Assassins - especially in the library of Alamut ('the secret archives')."

- Edward Burman, The Assassins - Holy Killers of Islam

"He goes on to state, that years passed by, and both his old school-friends found him out, and came and claimed a share in his good fortune, according to the school-day vow. The Vizier was generous and kept his word. Hasan demanded a place in the government, which the Sultan granted at the Vizier's request; but discontented with a gradual rise, he plunged into the maze of intrigue of an oriental court, and, failing in a base attempt to supplant his benefactor, he was disgraced and fell. After many mishaps and wanderings, Hasan became the head of the Persian sect of the Ismailians,--a party of fanatics who had long murmured in obscurity, but rose to an evil eminence under the guidance of his strong and evil will. In A.D. 1090, he seized the castle of Alamut, in the province of Rudbar, which lies in the mountainous tract south of the Caspian Sea; and it was from this mountain home he obtained that evil celebrity among the Crusaders as the old man of the mountains, and spread terror through the Mohammedan world; and it is yet disputed where the word Assassin, which they have left in the language of modern Europe as their dark memorial, is derived from the hashish, or opiate of hemp-leaves (the Indian bhang), with which they maddened themselves to the sullen pitch of oriental desperation, or from the name of the founder of the dynasty, whom we have seen in his quiet collegiate days, at Naishapur. One of the countless victims of the Assassin's dagger was Nizam ul Mulk himself, the old school-boy friend.

excerpt from Mirkhond's History of the Assassins
(published in an article about Omar Khayyam in the Calcutta Review, No. 59.)
 

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I respectfully ask that if a member actually knows "most porn actors/actresses" & their personal habits, that they start their own thread.
Pics allowed.............:ponder:
It's good to start the day with laughter. Thanks GnG
 

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When working at a manufacturing facility near the airport in Dallas/Ft Worth, a coworker shared a story with me. He was a giant hulk of a man that used to wear a giant chain around his neck. The kind you would chain a forklift up with.
He found out his wife was getting knocked up by somebody so he drove over to the guys house with a loaded 38 and 2 joints.

As he sat there ready to kill the man, he smoked one joint....then drove home.

MJ tempers anger and hostility. That's one of the reasons I say that POT saved my life. As a youngster I had a lot of anger and aggression. Smoking pot always enabled me to rise above and find tranquility and step out from the overwhelming emotions. It's a wonder drug.
 
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I love you guys but I know having an open discussion on this subject is futile.

I know this. When in high school I wouldn't have referred to myself as a pothead but some of my friends got into it quite a bit., smoking before school. Every party ended up with them in the other room getting high, sometimes I joined them, sometimes not. I will say no one became violent or unpredictable like with alcohol.
Fast forward to a few years ago. I was invited to one on their birthday parties, turning 50. In the middle of the party they disappeared, just like in high school. Found them all in the back room getting high.
Now, this surprised me quite a bit as I thought they surely must have grown up and got tired of all that, evidently not. What struck me was how their live were not what I would call stellar. They seem to have menial jobs or non-advance types. One got pretty heavy into drugs and had a stroke (since then) and has to struggle to communicate (but still does drugs). Another I can see is going down hill and is rumored to be using meth.

I know this doesn't represent the population of pot smokers well but its pretty jarring in my little sub group. These guys just never developed into strong, sturdy people. I don't see where their neural pathways were enhanced or they did amazing feats, or are really physical healthy people. I wouldn't call any of them mentally ill but I would say they could have chosen a much better life for themselves.

I always read online from posters (on this board and others) that they live perfectly successful lives but thats not what I see around me.

Can you at least see that for a lot of people pot is a crutch that substitutes for the real pleasures of life and a hindrance to realizing their capabilities? Isn't it just easier to become innebriated rather than to face problems straight up?
 

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MJ tempers anger and hostility. That's one of the reasons I say that POT saved my life. As a youngster I had a lot of anger and aggression. Smoking pot always enabled me to rise above and find tranquility and step out from the overwhelming emotions. It's a wonder drug.
^^^ Because you were really looking for, wanting relief from that emotion. True for 99.99% of folks. But if you have ever smoked with a newbie, and noted that that newbie was a little anxious about smoking, further noted that that newbie became more anxious after smoking. Cannabis amplifies your current emotions while smoking. Think of the possibliity of amplifying a unreasonably angry psychotic emotion in an unreason. In most cannabis will ameliorate that, except in the most psychotic driven. It's possible, albeit highly unlikely, and entirely in the person consuming, not the drug.
 

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I love you guys but I know having an open discussion on this subject is futile.

I know this. When in high school I wouldn't have referred to myself as a pothead but some of my friends got into it quite a bit., smoking before school. Every party ended up with them in the other room getting high, sometimes I joined them, sometimes not. I will say no one became violent or unpredictable like with alcohol.
Fast forward to a few years ago. I was invited to one on their birthday parties, turning 50. In the middle of the party they disappeared, just like in high school. Found them all in the back room getting high.
Now, this surprised me quite a bit as I thought they surely must have grown up and got tired of all that, evidently not. What struck me was how their live were not what I would call stellar. They seem to have menial jobs or non-advance types. One got pretty heavy into drugs and had a stroke (since then) and has to struggle to communicate (but still does drugs). Another I can see is going down hill and is rumored to be using meth.

I know this doesn't represent the population of pot smokers well but its pretty jarring in my little sub group. These guys just never developed into strong, sturdy people. I don't see where their neural pathways were enhanced or they did amazing feats, or are really physical healthy people. I wouldn't call any of them mentally ill but I would say they could have chosen a much better life for themselves.

I always read online from posters (on this board and others) that they live perfectly successful lives but thats not what I see around me.

Can you at least see that for a lot of people pot is a crutch that substitutes for the real pleasures of life and a hindrance to realizing their capabilities? Isn't it just easier to become innebriated rather than to face problems straight up?
Can't you recognize it's the person and not the substance? Plenty of people can drink without trouble, why do so many others have a problem? Because they are already troubled and using/abusing for the wrong reasons. Someone can use pot medicinally or with strict self control just as they can with coffee, cigaretts, alcohol, gambling etc.
 

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^^^ Because you were really looking for, wanting relief from that emotion. True for 99.99% of folks. But if you have ever smoked with a newbie, and noted that that newbie was a little anxious about smoking, further noted that that newbie became more anxious after smoking. Cannabis amplifies your current emotions while smoking. Think of the possibliity of amplifying a unreasonably angry psychotic emotion in an unreason. In most cannabis will ameliorate that, except in the most psychotic driven. It's possible, albeit highly unlikely, and entirely in the person consuming, not the drug.
It's a magnifying glass for sure.
 

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I like double IPA beers, no real negative effect long term, good buzz takes the edge off of life. I noticed that the Southern tier 2X IPA was having a bad effect when I had a few bottles a day, a little bit of paranoia; so I switched to a different brand with less side effects. Even with the same brand there is a lot of variability.
 

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I love you guys but I know having an open discussion on this subject is futile.

I know this. When in high school I wouldn't have referred to myself as a pothead but some of my friends got into it quite a bit., smoking before school. Every party ended up with them in the other room getting high, sometimes I joined them, sometimes not. I will say no one became violent or unpredictable like with alcohol.
Fast forward to a few years ago. I was invited to one on their birthday parties, turning 50. In the middle of the party they disappeared, just like in high school. Found them all in the back room getting high.
Now, this surprised me quite a bit as I thought they surely must have grown up and got tired of all that, evidently not. What struck me was how their live were not what I would call stellar. They seem to have menial jobs or non-advance types. One got pretty heavy into drugs and had a stroke (since then) and has to struggle to communicate (but still does drugs). Another I can see is going down hill and is rumored to be using meth.

I know this doesn't represent the population of pot smokers well but its pretty jarring in my little sub group. These guys just never developed into strong, sturdy people. I don't see where their neural pathways were enhanced or they did amazing feats, or are really physical healthy people. I wouldn't call any of them mentally ill but I would say they could have chosen a much better life for themselves.

I always read online from posters (on this board and others) that they live perfectly successful lives but thats not what I see around me.

Can you at least see that for a lot of people pot is a crutch that substitutes for the real pleasures of life and a hindrance to realizing their capabilities? Isn't it just easier to become innebriated rather than to face problems straight up?
I wont discount what your saying but I do think it's more of an individual thing and other factors such as where one lives and who they associate with probably have a contribution.

I know students who were in law school and graduated and passed the bar 1st shot. Doing very well in their new careers and 3 of them are in NYC where they really are taking the best they can get.
Some of the best cabinet makers I have ever know were regular pot smokers and many of us have done projects for the very wealthy as well as some fairly impressive corporate clients. We got to that level because of our love for the craft. More than likely went into that profession in the first place for our desire and need to create. (Yes I am including myself in this group).
Lots of very successful musicians smoke regularly.. Then again some move onto heroine but again, it's an individual thing.

There are people who are just escaping reality. Maybe not happy with the hand they were dealt in life and didn't have the knowledge or connections to better their situation. Plenty of people who never smoke pot are deplorable.

In a similar context I guess we should also try to define success. I'll use myself as an example. I had a daughter, did the responsible thing and raised her well. She's graduating from Harvard with her masters in May. Already finished her thesis and it was accepted. I think I did a good job as a dad.
I barely finished HS. I was bored to death in school and hated it. Saw no value in it once they taught me to read, write and count. went on to serve my country for 4 years and came out and had no direction. Went into construction and after a couple years had an opportunity to learn cabinet making.. Owners of the shot saw that I was a natural and within 4 months I was running the shop..
Started smoking pot when I was 12. Placed with LSD a bit over the years but really liked smoking weed and mushrooms.
3 years later started my own company and 2 years later just as things were taking off I ended up in divorce. Worked as a production manager for a few companies. The last one was a 9 mil a year architectural millwork firm.. Got a job offer after 1 interview, didn't know shit about the business or the systems they used. there were 5 other project managers there as well.. Every project I did I brought in under budget and with a profit margin that exceeded their expectations.. After 6 months I was realizing they were going out of business.. Every Fri we had a production meeting and my estimates for my job completions were always accurate and always my numbers were better than expected. Every other project manager was losing money on just about every job.. At first they would be optimistic and then 1/2 way through the job they would be losing about 10% and by the end usually exceeded far more than that. Very seldom did I see one make any money. For me it was easy to deduce the end was near..
Now instead of the owner pulling me aside and saying, hey whats your secret for success, he would dog me in the meetings and say that there is no way my estimates are correct or some shit.. The number 2 guy would always stand by me and confirm my numbers though and in the end my numbers were always good. By the time I left there were lists of vendors I could no longer order materials from because we owed so much money. 6 months after i left they closed the doors.

I went on to start my own architectural millwork company but had a very difficult time finding experienced help, even offering well above the industry standard for wages. Got tired of the deadlines and 100 plus hr weeks so just sold it and moved on.
Retired early. Not because I had money but because I adjusted my lifestyle and figured out a better way to live. Paid cash for my place and kept expenses very low. Live off the land as much as possible and have no regrets.. Others in the family think I should be working a job and getting benefits, paying the state a portion of my wage and the feds a portion and the locals a portion and making sure I contribute to a system destined for collapse and rife with fraud and welfare cases.
If the system does ever go down, the family will be here living off of me.. ill they then look at me and say I wasn't successful? If the dollar collapses and they lose everything, are they successful?

Steve jobs couldn't take his Billions with him when he died. Did he do what he loved? No idea but if he did he was successful but at the end of the day, he is dead and he couldn't take it with him.
My regrets a re few and overall I am pretty happy.. Still smoking pot and eating shrooms.
At the end of it all, I will have great experiences in life. I'll still die anyway and I cant take anything I own with me. So along the way I figured out how to adjust my lifestyle and enjoy what limited number of days I have on this rock.. I don't care what people think when I drive my 25 year old truck down the road or my 12 year old car.. I'm sure the family cringes a little when I pull into the driveway with my old shit and they have to wonder what the neighbors will think. LOL. I just smile and wave at the neighbors and sometimes even strike up a conversation with em.. Just keeping it real.. Their neighbors don't seem to mind and the worst thing they can say about me is I'm not rich like them.. For me, I'd rather be debt feee and have little than have it all and be stressed out with debt and payments I have to make every month. No greater stress than being a debt slave.

Just my opinion of course and maybe my example is exactly what you were talking about. I could have a better life with more stuff. Even after not working for 12 years I could probably apply for any production management job in the woodworking industry and land it pretty easy. I'm happy and I'm content.. Need to lose a few lbs but other than that I'm good with the way my life is.
 

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Ben Garrison is a pot head....look at the plant in the lower right corner. Ignore the red circles.
 

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I wont discount what your saying but I do think it's more of an individual thing and other factors such as where one lives and who they associate with probably have a contribution.

I know students who were in law school and graduated and passed the bar 1st shot. Doing very well in their new careers and 3 of them are in NYC where they really are taking the best they can get.
Some of the best cabinet makers I have ever know were regular pot smokers and many of us have done projects for the very wealthy as well as some fairly impressive corporate clients. We got to that level because of our love for the craft. More than likely went into that profession in the first place for our desire and need to create. (Yes I am including myself in this group).
Lots of very successful musicians smoke regularly.. Then again some move onto heroine but again, it's an individual thing.

There are people who are just escaping reality. Maybe not happy with the hand they were dealt in life and didn't have the knowledge or connections to better their situation. Plenty of people who never smoke pot are deplorable.

In a similar context I guess we should also try to define success. I'll use myself as an example. I had a daughter, did the responsible thing and raised her well. She's graduating from Harvard with her masters in May. Already finished her thesis and it was accepted. I think I did a good job as a dad.
I barely finished HS. I was bored to death in school and hated it. Saw no value in it once they taught me to read, write and count. went on to serve my country for 4 years and came out and had no direction. Went into construction and after a couple years had an opportunity to learn cabinet making.. Owners of the shot saw that I was a natural and within 4 months I was running the shop..
Started smoking pot when I was 12. Placed with LSD a bit over the years but really liked smoking weed and mushrooms.
3 years later started my own company and 2 years later just as things were taking off I ended up in divorce. Worked as a production manager for a few companies. The last one was a 9 mil a year architectural millwork firm.. Got a job offer after 1 interview, didn't know shit about the business or the systems they used. there were 5 other project managers there as well.. Every project I did I brought in under budget and with a profit margin that exceeded their expectations.. After 6 months I was realizing they were going out of business.. Every Fri we had a production meeting and my estimates for my job completions were always accurate and always my numbers were better than expected. Every other project manager was losing money on just about every job.. At first they would be optimistic and then 1/2 way through the job they would be losing about 10% and by the end usually exceeded far more than that. Very seldom did I see one make any money. For me it was easy to deduce the end was near..
Now instead of the owner pulling me aside and saying, hey whats your secret for success, he would dog me in the meetings and say that there is no way my estimates are correct or some shit.. The number 2 guy would always stand by me and confirm my numbers though and in the end my numbers were always good. By the time I left there were lists of vendors I could no longer order materials from because we owed so much money. 6 months after i left they closed the doors.

I went on to start my own architectural millwork company but had a very difficult time finding experienced help, even offering well above the industry standard for wages. Got tired of the deadlines and 100 plus hr weeks so just sold it and moved on.
Retired early. Not because I had money but because I adjusted my lifestyle and figured out a better way to live. Paid cash for my place and kept expenses very low. Live off the land as much as possible and have no regrets.. Others in the family think I should be working a job and getting benefits, paying the state a portion of my wage and the feds a portion and the locals a portion and making sure I contribute to a system destined for collapse and rife with fraud and welfare cases.
If the system does ever go down, the family will be here living off of me.. ill they then look at me and say I wasn't successful? If the dollar collapses and they lose everything, are they successful?

Steve jobs couldn't take his Billions with him when he died. Did he do what he loved? No idea but if he did he was successful but at the end of the day, he is dead and he couldn't take it with him.
My regrets a re few and overall I am pretty happy.. Still smoking pot and eating shrooms.
At the end of it all, I will have great experiences in life. I'll still die anyway and I cant take anything I own with me. So along the way I figured out how to adjust my lifestyle and enjoy what limited number of days I have on this rock.. I don't care what people think when I drive my 25 year old truck down the road or my 12 year old car.. I'm sure the family cringes a little when I pull into the driveway with my old shit and they have to wonder what the neighbors will think. LOL. I just smile and wave at the neighbors and sometimes even strike up a conversation with em.. Just keeping it real.. Their neighbors don't seem to mind and the worst thing they can say about me is I'm not rich like them.. For me, I'd rather be debt feee and have little than have it all and be stressed out with debt and payments I have to make every month. No greater stress than being a debt slave.

Just my opinion of course and maybe my example is exactly what you were talking about. I could have a better life with more stuff. Even after not working for 12 years I could probably apply for any production management job in the woodworking industry and land it pretty easy. I'm happy and I'm content.. Need to lose a few lbs but other than that I'm good with the way my life is.
Good for you my friend!!!

The rat trap is just that...a trap. Life is too short to chase stupid things like fiat currency, living up to other peoples standards, trying to impress the neighbors, etc... all stupid shit.

This world would be a much better place if more people had your presence of mind...

Good for you!!!