I saw this interesting documentary about lions and how they hunt.
Lions, like all other animals, have instincts that are calibrated for their environment.
And like all other animals, they need to energy to survive, and they have to expend energy to survive.
This is essentially the difference between any species.
Spend and Get Energy
The kind of energy they get through food, the environment in which they live, and the predators or other environmental factors that represent any kinds of danger.
They were showing this one lion that would hide out and wait for a rhinoceros to walk by.
They the male lion would just kind of jump on his back and hang out for a while.
Low Risk – Low Probability
They said it was a low risk, low probability way of getting food.
Netflix is one of the most recognized brand names in the world.
Their business model is very common, at least in modern times, but it’s also not sustainable.
They borrow a bunch of money by selling corporate bonds.
They use that borrowed money to create content.
Money In Money Out
They get money from customers by monthly subscription fees.
But the money they get is never as much as the money they borrow.
This business model only works if they can keep borrowing money.
An more ideal and much more sustainable business model would be to spend money to make products and services.
And the money you get from selling those products and services are more than it cost to make them.
Profits and Losses
This would represent a profit.
A loss would be when you spent money to make stuff, but you couldn’t sell it for as much money as it costs to make.
This is easy to understand from a simplified model of two kids selling things, like sandwiches.
The profit-model would force kid A to only sell what he or she KNEW that people wanted.
Profit Driven Altruism
So long as his business wasn’t supported by debt, he would only spend time and money making things that people really wanted.
He’d put his own desires aside, and only make sandwiches he would be sure people would buy.
He would put other people’s desires ahead of his.
Debt Driven Selfishness
If Kid B, on the other hand, was using his parents credit cards, he wouldn’t really care if he sold stuff or not.
So when he would decide which sandwiches to make, he wouldn’t be focused on making the sandwiches people wanted, since he didn’t really care if they bought them or not.
He’d always have his mom’s credit card to fall back on.
Clearly the profit-loss based business would be more concerned with satisfying the needs of other people.
Debt Doesn’t Care About People
The debt based business would be less concerned with satisfying the needs of other people.
99% of all species that have ever lived are now extinct.
All a species has to do to not go extinct is get enough food, and stay alive long enough to reproduce in sufficient numbers.
Staying Alive Isn’t Easy
But for animals, this isn’t so easy.
It’s seems virtually guaranteed that all life forms will go extinct, including humans.
A species going extinct is kind of like a company going out of business.
With animals, they need to expend energy to consume energy.
So long as the energy they consume is greater than the energy they expend, they maintain a positive ROI.
Positive ROI Doesn’t Last Forever
But if their ROI goes negative for too long, everybody dies.
Many large companies today simply cannot exist without continuous use of debt.
This means most large companies today are like Kid B, that must rely on his mom’s credit card to stay in business.
When a company borrows money, they have to sell a bond, which is essentially an IOU.
Corporate Bond Collapse
These are called corporate bonds, and they are sold on the corporate bond market.
When the market nearly collapsed back during the panic of 2008, that was because the mortgage bond market collapsed.
Most economists believe the next major collapse will happen in the corporate bond market.
When the mortgage bond market collapsed, millions of people lost their homes.
We’re All Going To Die
When the corporate bond market collapses, lots of companies will go out of business.
This will be much, much worse for the economy than the collapse of the mortgage bond market.
It’s generally agreed that most movies on Netflix suck.
That’s because they are like Kid B.
Debt Is Short Game
They survive very much on debt, so they aren’t really concerned with making things people want.
So long as they can keep borrowing money, they can keep making movies that the people at Netflix like, rather than what their customers like.
Every once in a while, the lion will get lucky.
If he hangs on long enough, which doesn’t cost him nearly any calories, since he’s just hanging on his claws, the Rhinoceros will eventually get too tired.
Rhinos and Lions
The more tired the poor Rhino gets, the easier the lion can kill him.
But this is a low probability event.
What’s more likely is the Rhino will go find his friends.
And if the lions doesn’t get off before this happens, it will be a bunch of Rhino vs. one lion.
A lion vs. a non tired Rhino is not very good for the lion.
A lion vs. many Rhinos is a almost guaranteed loss for the lion.
Lions Are No Match
These are pretty cool to watch.
The powerful lion, king of the jungle, getting tossed around like a rag doll by a bunch of pissed of Rhinos.
This is what happens when you hang on to losing positions much longer than you should.
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