OK ‘fraud’ is quite a strong word, not to mention broad. So let’s break it down into some kind of pyramid ∆*.
First off, we have Bernard Madoff. He is at the top of the pyramid*. He was the guy who defrauded investors out of 65 Billion Dollars (US), and has since been sent to a prison in the middle of nowhere, for 150 years. Just below him you have the kind of people who defraud voters, divide nations, cultures and races for their own benefit, and their name usually rhymes with Monald Fump. After that you have some other executive fraudsters and Government officials. Quite quickly though, you end up at the phone scammers. These are the ones who call old people and convince them they’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, and will transfer them 65 Billion Dollars if they help*. Then you’ve got door to door scammers, funeral fraudsters, con men, all the way down to stealing a shake-a-tin charity box.
So where do I feature in this pyramid? Or better still, why?
See, today was fine. It was ok, uneventful. I worked, and I ate, and I breathed. But I didn’t think a lot. I was in neutral. There wasn’t a lot of brain activity at all, in fact if it wasn’t for this blog; today would be filed away into the ‘Absolutely Nothing of Interest – delete after 7 days‘ folder. I suspect I tapped into that brain wave small children can access with ease. The one where they seem to have zero recollection of ever eating food, or what they did at school… that day.
These are the days I have a hard time calling myself a person who suffers from depression or anxiety. Am I a fraud? I see blogs everywhere. Pain, lots of pain, suffering and despair. I look at me and saw none of that today.
Certainly, I think Madoffs position at the top is secure, but I do genuinely wonder if my depression is real – in between being depressed. And therein lies the point. When I am good, fine, neutral, ok – do I cease to be a sufferer of depression? I don’t know, but I really need to stop writing, there is a guy here telling me about this great investment opportunity. Its only available right now though, so I have to act fast!
*If you ever wondered why the band Alt-J ‘s symbol is a triangle, it is because if you press it on your keyboard it makes a triangle. Isn’t the world wonderful.
*Good joke #1; because he ran the largest ponzi scheme in history. Well done, Mindfump.
*Good joke #2; because it implies Bernard Madoff is calling old people. Double well done.