Imagine playing a game of basketball without knowing the rules.
You had to play before you knew how.
And the only way to learn was to learn by playing.
If you had two teams under these conditions, it might actually be pretty interesting.
Assuming you had refs and scorekeepers who DID know the rules.
Part of your strategy would be to figure out the rules BEFORE the other team did, but to keep them secret as long as possible.
After all, if your team knew the rules and the other team didn’t, you’d have a HUGE advantage.
Now imagine ONLY your team didn’t know the rules.
The other players, the other coaches, all the fans, the scorekeepers, and the refs knew the rules.
But you and your team had your memory wiped or something.
It would be horrible!
For many of us, this is EXACTLY what it feels like during our normal lives.
It’s like everybody else knows the rules, knows all the secrets, but they forgot to tell us.
We’re shuffling along, trying our best, and everybody’s just whizzing by having the time of their lives.
Sometimes it even seems like they purposely tilted the rules in their favor.
And to a certain degree, they have.
Despite our system of “laws,” the golden rule will always apply to some degree.
The golden rule being, “He who has the gold makes the rules.”
But if you can understand how the game is played, it’s not so bad.
Especially if you not only get how the game is played, but how people think.
This would be like knowing the playbook of the other team, AND knowing which plays they were about to play.
Of course, how you USE this information is up to you.
But you better believe that plenty of people who DO know these inside ideas are using them to benefit themselves, at the EXPENSE of others.
You can think of knowing these as a kind of insurance policy.
Just in case.