I have a friend that lives in Japan. She works at a large, international company.
She lives in the company dorm which is pretty common.
Most company workers that aren’t married live in the company dorm.
Once they get married they move out, but until that happens, they tend to stay in the dorms, which are paid for by the company.
It’s a pretty good system, from some respects. But it does have some downsides.
Japan was one of the first countries that benefited quickly and hugely from the industrial revolution.
One of the first manufacturing systems that the British started to export were these big looms.
The looms took raw cotton and then wove them into fabric. Countries like Japan could import the raw cotton, turn them into cloth, and then export them.
This allowed countries like Japan without a lot of natural resources to create a lot of wealth, very quickly, simply by having a very productive work force.
Buy Low Sell High
The strategy is simple, and is pretty much the same for any successful business.
Buy a bunch of raw materials, turn those lower order goods into higher order goods, and then sell the higher order goods.
The more of a difference you get between the cost of the lower order goods and the sale of the higher order goods, the more your profits are.
More Efficiency = More Profits
This means that the more productive and efficient you are in turning lower order goods into higher order goods, the more money you can make.
One of the direct ways to measure productivity on these cotton weaving looms was how many looms a single person could manage.
The basic strategy was to keep the looms running. They would get stuck, and the person working them would have to quickly get them unstuck to keep the cotton flowing through the system.
Old School Productivity
Both in the U.S. and in the UK, an average worker would handle eight looms at once. In India, the average worker could only handle four looms.
But in Japan, the average worker could handle twelve looms, making them fifty percent more productive, therefore capable of making fifty percent more profit per ton of cotton, than the U.S. or the UK.
When I lived in the dorms in college I discovered an accidental hack that helped me not have to fold my clothes.
It turned out to be a very common form of manipulation.
The first time I did laundry in the dorms I forgot my clothes in the drier. I think it was because me and my roommate must have been getting high.
When I remembered to go and get them, somebody had folded them. So I tried it again. And somebody had folded them.
So long as I left them in the dryer, somebody would fold them.
Since I was always high when it happened, I thought maybe there were magic elves or something.
There was this one weird guy who lived in the dorms that first semester. He was an associate professor, and he would always teach at big universities for a semester or two.
He taught anthropology and was always going on these archeological digs around the world.
He would hang out with some of us on the weekends and tell us these stories while we all got high.
He said that he was secretly looking for a connection between all ancient rulers of all ancient societies.
Secrets of Ancient Rulers
He had this theory that there was this common thread between all secret technology.
That in every society, there is the technology that the regular people have access to, and the secret technology that the elites have access to.
He had some theory that there was some common thread among all the elites from all societies from all times.
Searching For The Connection
That there was some connection between them.
Most historians don’t believe this. Most historians believe that things were pretty much randomly discovered and lot of the same things were discovered in plenty of places by different people.
But this guy was looking for some secret texts or references in the various archeological digs he would go on.
Find The Common Thread
He was going to find the common thread to all these secrets and share this with the world.
I don’t know if he ever found it, but just sitting listening to this guy talk was fascinating.
This was before the internet, and none of us even had a TV in our dorm rooms.
Sizzling Brain Man
Just this guy and the ideas up in his brain.
It would be so easy, just to fall into a trance, and not remember how any of this started or where any of this was going.
Just to kind of let your mind wander wherever it wants to wander, and hope that you can follow this enough to keep up.
Guilt Induced Folding
What was happening was I would leave my clothes in the dryer, and then somebody would need the dryer.
Then she, it was most likely a girl, would take the clothes out of the dryer and feel guilty.
Then to compensate for her guilt, she’d fold the clothes.
Oh… Now I Get It
I didn’t realize this until one day I did laundry when I wasn’t high and asked a girl who was folding somebody else’s clothes.
You need to use the dryer, but then you feel guilty for moving somebody else’s things.
Turns out this is a very common way humans manipulate other humans.
Subconscious Guilt Generation
We create these situations where we know people will act in a certain way, and then feel guilty.
Then we use that guilt to trick them into doing what we want.
It’s kind of a subconscious, spontaneous interpersonal covert gaslighting technique.
Common Human Tactic
Once you start to look for it, you’ll find this everywhere.
The funny thing about the looms in Japan is the particular demographic that was working in the factories.
The UK showed up and built these factories, and they needed workers.
Profitable Young Women
So most families shipped off their young daughters, since that was pretty common back then. To sell your daughters to make money if you were a poor family.
And so the people who built the factories built dorms right next to them. And the demographic which made Japan become the fastest wealth creating country of the Industrial revolution was junior high school and high school aged Japanese females.
Next time your talking to somebody about the wonders of the Industrial revolution, make sure you remind them it all happened because of Japanese high school girls.
Same System So Far
The system is pretty good, so long as you can stay inside of it. High school kids wear high school uniforms and are associated with high school.
Then they take a test to get into college and become associated with college students.
Then they get a job at a big company, live in a company dorm, and become company men and women.
Self Sustaining Cycles
Then they start a family and make new people to continue feed the system.
So long as you stay within the pack, you’re in good shape.
But if you are Japanese, and you fall out at any point in your life, you’ll be out for life.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.