Question by < I >: What is the most profitable means of selling THE FUTURE in THE PRESENT [and/or THE PAST]?
[Note: We're talking "mostly/technically legal" stuff here, of course]
1- Selling Psychic abilities (Though I’m still not sure why they cannot hit the winning lottery numbers, or at least come close dangit! lol)
2- Dabbling in Fundamental and/or Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets
3- Becoming a market speculator by dealing in Market Trends, Futures, Options, Forex, etc. (Quants, Economic Forecasters, etc., all included here)
4- Becoming a History Professor (LMAO!)
5- Predicting the Weather (All the weather-forecasting-related vocations)
6- Working for Oprah (preferably becoming her! LMAO!)
7- Working as a CIA (etc.) Analyst (<--- 007 wow that was a pure coincidence, BTW. Yeah Right! lol)
8- Running for Political Office (promise the world, but never deliver $ h!t)
9- Becoming a Futurist in one of those GOOFY Washington-based "Think Tanks" that cannot predict the annual blooming of the flowers, if their lives depended on it
10- Becoming a Corporate Visionary [strong Filth-immunity required!]
11- Inventing a WORKING Time-Machine
12- Writing a Software for predicting / "re"defining the Future
13- Selling Dream Instruments in person, on paper, in DVD, etc. (e.g. Inspirational Speaking, Investment Banking, Mortgage Underwriting, etc.)
14- Becoming a professional Gambler (or is that the same as investing in a 401K and/or the stock market?)
15- Creating/Inventing your own Future-Present through Marketing/Advertising campaigns (usually requires substantial out-of-pocket investments)
16- Selling tickets out of an eventual Black Hole doomsday fate (hey don't mock it; didn't Pope Julius II sell passports to future/eternal life in Heaven to the highest bidders?)
17- Becoming a clergy/evangelical preacher of a sort
18- Using your military might to dictate the Future [i.e. promoting a Proactive, NOT a Reactive attitude towards the Future]
19- I have my own suggestion(s) [Please elaborate!]
Answer by titou
Well, I almost went for #1, but then ran into the irrefutable #6. After all, if there is a power in the Universe that can make of Dr. Phil a respected point of reference, what could possibly top that?
If I could ally myself with that, there is not only hope but the assurance of absolute success — but also and as you suggest, someday taking over the reigns [should the idea ever cross my mind].
Only Oppenheimer (“I am become Shiva, the destroyer of worlds.”) and a few others have ever observed the power of their quest manifested at such a level.
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