I, like many people receive free local magazines, funded by copious amounts of advertisement. These magazines and their advertisements are designed for the middle and upper middle class. Filled with new-ageism, primitive authenticity, champaign socialist-moralism, and most importantly, the prerequisite high income to afford all these status totems. They are deeply and paradoxically bourgeoisie-bohemian to borrow the term, aka bobos or SWPL‘s for Americans. Further analysis of these creatures can be made by a brutal book , review and post .
However, what caught my eye was the advice column by a local psychic. Here are two particularly interesting divinations of advice:
Q. We are thinking of buying a house overseas, are we doing the right thing? We are getting it at a very reasonable price. Geraldine, Bardon
A. While the house is a great price you should be aware of the difficulty in managing it from such a long distance. I raise this point as I feel you need to doublecheck the plumbing and roofing on the home. I feel it has the potential to flood from bad plumbing and bad roofing. Be careful and check this out a little bit more or I feel this will cost a lot more than you are expecting.
Q. Recently I took voluntary redundancy from a job I had held for about five years. I was unhappy in the job so the redundancy was a great positive in my life as the payout enabled me to take an overseas holiday and not stress too much about getting back into the workforce. However, now I am back from holiday I am happily relaxing and cannot find the motivation to find a new job. Will I find that motivation and will I be happy in my career going forward?Hayleigh, Springwood
A. I feel your lack of motivation is influenced by the fact that you have never thought seriously about what you want to do. I see study coming into your realm next year as I feel that you will want to add another tool to your skills box. I believe a degree in management specialising in HR will be next in line for you. I also feel that you will go into a strong customer training focus within a state government position by May of 2011.[Emphasis added]
Why is the public, the targeted wealthy section that is, inquiring for career and financial advice from a psychic? Isn’t this just dangerous, a dereliction of duty? Also, keep in mind that she is the only advice columnist in this magazine, giving the most specific financial advice, i.e. water damage insurance.
Note the continuous reliance of feeling, emphasised above, providing validation to the decisions. This is all very subjective, the entire point of finance and economics is objective empirical analysis and decision making. I can understand relationship dilemmas falling back on psychic mysticism, though in my opinion established religions with an actual metaphysical framework of ethics and morality to relate to would be better, however this for finance and career orientation, strange but not new. It can’t be argued that career orientation has nothing to do with money, that should be self-evident.
It is possible that some people regard financial arrangements with the sort of mysticism of a superstitious gambler. Money is not made, it’s simply fatefully awarded by the fickle gods. Apart from inheritance and corruption, most entrepeneurs, rich men, moguls, whatever, have created their money through cunning, clever industry knowledge and knowing better the economic conditions than the rest of us, obviously, or we all would be rich.
Perhaps the world of economics, finance, career paths have all become understandably too difficult and complex for the populus at large to understand. If knowledge is power, then not understanding finance is an admission of powerlessness, and so people throw financial decisions to the winds of chance and spirit forces out of an inability to influence their own surrounding economic condition. One could call it Financial Fatalism. As Reuven Brenner noted that all financial decisions are games of chance, the difference here is between shrewd probabilistic calculations and superstition. With the global financial crisis metastasizing into a hyper-inflationary collapse it appears people are choosing feeling and hope over strategy and resourcefulness.