So I am updating some of the content around the site — pages like, “About,” “Contact,” etc. — and I click around to a few pages to see how some of my friends have handled these.

Some are better than others, I get a few ideas, but nothing inspirational — until I click over to my friend Paul’s About page:

“Back before there were such things as credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, and subprime mortgages, we vandalism-loving greed-heads on Wall Street were forced to take down capitalism the hard way — by selling over-valued technology companies to an unsuspecting public via initial public offerings. While it eventually worked out (c.f., the tech crash of 2000), the next generation of Wall Street-ers learned from our inefficiency and took down the global money grid in half the time it took us to mess up Nasdaq. Lesson learned.”

That is destined to become an instant classic . . .

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35 Responses to “Greed Heads: “Taking Down Capitalism the Hard Way””

  1. call me ahab says:

    Infectious Greed is a good site-

    what strikes me about the description- it must assume that the buying public are colossal chumps- because they can get played ever more quickly-

    . . .maybe he has a point

  2. austincompany says:

    The “public” is beginning to wake up. Wait for the results on Tuesday night and watch this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiM6JAQZwHI&feature=player_embedded

    Perhaps all of the credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, and subprime mortgage bailouts are beginning to stir the sleeping giant that is America – since most of our politicians all seem to be clueless idiots.

  3. kevinearick says:

    Planetary evolution is the 12th player. The universe is the 13th player. You want both of those players on your side.

    An economy depends on durable, durable goods orders. That depends on durable new family formation, the self-adjusting mechanism of economics. As we have seen, durable new family formation cannot occur when credit decisions lie in the hands of a few, through electronic distribution. You cannot raise a family to meet evolutionary expectations with a gun at your head, extracting all proceeds from work.

    The ratio of pay to costs for unprotected labor must increase dramatically. In the current economic environment, pay is going down, so the cost of property and energy must go down dramatically, which the $500 Trillion in unfundable liabilities, associated with the old demographic acceleration economy, ensures.

    The outcome spectrum:

    The capitalists will come to their senses, and we will rebuild the economy to everyone’s benefit;

    The global economy will crash, many will die of disease, starvation, and war, and we will rebuild the economy for those that remain;

    The capitalists will trigger a global nuclear holocaust, most will die, and we will rebuild the economy for those who remain.

    Labor will meet any evolutionary requirements. Breeding is everything, which is why capital seeks to control it, through the employment of agency, which breeds ignorance, efficient specialization, that the laws of physics compound. Ignorance is naturally contagious.

    E / 0 = mc2 / 0 = V / 0 = CR / 0. There is always an alternative route of inductance.

    If you think about it, the current outcome was obvious as soon as capital engineered the oil embargo to put a gun to the head of labor. How long it would take for capital to discharge the middle class capacitor, developed over several thousand years, was the only variable. Labor always survives empires, because it never stops swimming against the current of evolutionary distillation.

    The cartels have been liquidating middle class assets to prop up prices. All they have left now is infinite monetary expansion. Relative tax receipts will continue to fall, demographic demand will continue to rise, and they are already printing money to issue all the checks, negative true cash flow.

    Time to take another tour of the carnage.

  4. Chief Tomahawk says:

    Does such stupidity make one of Clive Thompson’s zombie attacks more or less likely???

  5. mathman says:

    austincompany:

    Where were these videos when Bush was taking us down? Now that we got more of the same, how exactly are we going to “take our country back”? Go back to the Republicans who put us here (in other words, continue these same policies that Bush put in place and Obama continued? The supposedly liberal ideas, the progressive ideas WERE NEVER TRIED. The video is a typical Republican bullshit smear campaign.

    We should all have voted for Nader when we had the chance, since he was the only candidate talking about the corporate take-0ver, but got no air time – i wonder why?

  6. austincompany says:

    Mathman:

    One of the few remaining powers that the “people” have is to vote – and to “throw the bums out”. I really don’t care if it’s Republicans, Dems or otherwise. The point is to get the politicians attention (through a strong voter turn-out and election “surprises”) to get them to do something different than what they are doing now.

    Liberals are just as upset as Conservatives because this is not what they voted for either (bailouts, lack of real financial reform ,etc.) That was the main message of the video I think.

  7. Scot F says:

    I agree that the town hall meetings and tea parties have been hijacked by partisans.

    You can ask the people who suddenly discovered the evils of deficit spending in 2009 where they were the prior 8 years.

  8. Robespierre says:

    @austincompany “The point is to get the politicians attention (through a strong voter turn-out and election “surprises”) ”

    Wasn’t that the case with the Dems and Obama win? Do you see them doing things differently? Do you really think that there is an honest politician that has not “own” by the bankers? I’ll give my vote to the first party that refuses to take ANY campaign contribution (directly or indirectly) from a bank or a bank affiliate or similar. Do you think I will find such party? See the problem now?

  9. What Karl Rove got wrong on the U.S. deficit

    For its Topic A feature last Sunday, The Post invited a panel of political operatives to offer their advice to the Democratic Party on strategy for 2010 [Sunday Opinion, Jan. 10]. Improbably, one of the operatives asked was Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s longtime chief strategist.

    Rove has some impressive campaign victories to his credit. But given the shape in which the last administration left this country, I’m not sure I would solicit his advice. And given the backhanded advice he offered, I’m not sure he was all that eager to help.

    Of all the claims Rove made, one in particular caught my eye for its sheer audacity and shamelessness — that congressional Democrats “will run up more debt by October than Bush did in eight years.”

    So, let’s review a little history:

    The day the Bush administration took over from President Bill Clinton in 2001, America enjoyed a $236 billion budget surplus — with a projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion. When the Bush administration left office, it handed President Obama a $1.3 trillion deficit — and projected shortfalls of $8 trillion for the next decade. During eight years in office, the Bush administration passed two major tax cuts skewed to the wealthiest Americans, enacted a costly Medicare prescription-drug benefit and waged two wars, without paying for any of it.

    To put the breathtaking scope of this irresponsibility in perspective, the Bush administration’s swing from surpluses to deficits added more debt in its eight years than all the previous administrations in the history of our republic combined. And its spending spree is the unwelcome gift that keeps on giving: Going forward, these unpaid-for policies will continue to add trillions to our deficit.

    This fiscal irresponsibility — and a laissez-faire attitude toward the excesses of the financial industry — helped create the conditions for the deepest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. Economists across the political spectrum agreed that to deal with this crisis and avoid a second Great Depression, the government had to make significant investments to keep our economy going and shore up our financial system.

    That is why President Obama and Congress crafted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Despite Rove’s assertion, it is widely accepted that the difficult but necessary steps Obama took have helped save our economy from an even deeper disaster. And while Rove conveniently ignores that it was President Bush — not Obama — who signed into law the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout for banks, the Obama administration’s rigorous stewardship added transparency and accountability that have cut the expected cost of that program by two-thirds.

    The writer is a senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

  10. Steve Barry says:

    “The day the Bush administration took over from President Bill Clinton in 2001, America enjoyed a $236 billion budget surplus — with a projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion.”

    Bush was a total disaster…but this is a quite a spin. Shortly after taking over from Clinton, the Nasdaq crashed and burned. If you are going to blame Bush for Obama’s problem, blame Clinton for Bush’s first problem. The scandals that came out in 2001-2…Enron, Worldcom, etc…were so massive they had to have been born under Clinton. Clinton’s surpluses were from a bubble that could never be sustained, courtesy of our man Greenspan. Both parties suck…they are no-nothings who defrerred critical economic policy to the Maestro.

  11. Robespierre says:

    Dear senior adviser to Barak Obama let see:

    “Economists across the political spectrum agreed that to deal with this crisis and avoid a second Great Depression, the government had to make significant investments to keep our economy going and shore up our financial system.”

    Perhaps investing in the financial system was needed. However, explain to me how allowing the bankers to make billions in bonuses is good for the financial system because I must be really ignorant no to see the connection…

    “Obama administration’s rigorous stewardship added transparency and accountability ”

    Please explain to me then why is Obama so aginst auditing the FED wouldn’t that add transparency?
    Accountability? Please the S&L crisis produce significant jail sentences to bankers who broke the law. How many has Obama investigated or prosecuted in this instance? Where is the accountability you speak off?

    “This fiscal irresponsibility — and a laissez-faire attitude toward the excesses of the financial industry — helped create the conditions for the deepest”

    Funny you must think that we all suffer from Alzaimers or some other kind of dementia. Didn’t those policies started during the Clinton administration (Sumers?, Runin? etc?) and yet this is Obama’s strike team…

    Am I saying that the republicans are better? No Sir from where I stand none of you really represent the people or the country. Obama is a bigger disappointment because he lied well enough during the campaign to create hope.

  12. call me ahab says:

    “If you are going to blame Bush for Obama’s problem, blame Clinton for Bush’s first problem. ”

    no doubt-

    so Axelrod-

    hitting all the blogs to push Obama’s excuses? Dude has ZERO follow through on his rhetoric- but it’s fun playing POTUS I guess.

  13. Transor Z says:

    Rigorous stewardship? Last I checked, Elizabeth Warren was a congressional appointee (i.e, not part of the Administration), Larry Summers fucked up Harvard’s finances, Tim Geithner should be indicted for all manner of securities fraud b/c of AIG, and the Big O has “crafted” no reform package to address Wall Street excesses and its incestuous involvement in government.

    Bush was not exactly a tough act to follow. But everyone always knew that Bushie was not to be taken seriously. A nice guy but a bit dim.

    Watch as human nature responds to a sense of being taken and used by Obama and the people he works for — which sure as hell is not America.

    So take a hike for wasting everyone’s time spamming your canned and “crafted” partisan message. I’m ALL DONE with you and your ilk, and I think the number of people who feel the same way is now in the millions.

    But you just keep churning out the same ol’ same ol’ and good luck with that.

  14. TakBak04 says:

    Bill Moyers has a great interview with the effervescent Thomas Frank and it’s about Obama and what it is:

    It’s a good watch for some of you who might be interesting. At least, I found it so…and maybe Barry would find it worth something, and there’s a Transcript for those who can’t get the rest for one reason or the other:

    http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/01152010/watch.html

  15. TakBak04 says:

    @David Axelrod Says:
    January 16th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    What Karl Rove got wrong on the U.S. deficit

    For its Topic A feature last Sunday, The Post invited a panel of political operatives to offer their advice to the Democratic Party on strategy for 2010 [Sunday Opinion, Jan. 10]. Improbably, one of the operatives asked was Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s longtime chief strategist.

    Rove has some impressive campaign victories to his credit. But given the shape in which the last administration left this country, I’m not sure I would solicit his advice. And given the backhanded advice he offered, I’m not sure he was all that eager to help.

    Of all the claims Rove made, one in particular caught my eye for its sheer audacity and shamelessness — that congressional Democrats “will run up more debt by October than Bush did in eight years.”

    ———–

    It’s not about Karl Rove or Bush anymore…..it’s about fulfilling the promise of “CHANGE” that voters elected the Obama Folks to do. Obviously Obama’s Justice Department is “DOA” and won’t deal with what caused us to fight two or three wars and instead want’s to put Deficit Spending on the backs of citizens when it’s Failed Regulators, Bankers, Fed, SEC and Govt. that are killing off a Middle Class in America while failing to raise TAXES on the CLASS THAT CAUSED TWO and maybe THREE WARS that “Ordinary Americans” (under the 1% Wealth Class) will have to FUND on the backs of Losing Jobs…HCR Bill that only shoves money into Big Pharma and Insurance Industry Pockets…..and GOVERNMENT WANTS MORE?

    You think there’s no BACKLASH from the LEFT DEMS and the RIGHT REPUBLICANS?

    Aren’t you all most worried that the Right and Left in Politics might just GET TOGETHER and form a VOTING BLOCK? (It’s getting so there’s more the Left and Right can agree on than the Middle with Anything? At least the ACTION is on the Left and Right…the Middle always goes along…doesn’t it…if you feed them enough. Lately you haven’t been feeding that “Middle” much …..have you TPTB.

    I don’t believe this post was from David Axelrod …anymore than I believe anything in Politics these days. But, “nice try” from some Dem Operative trying to Suck Up out there.

    Disgusting.

  16. TakBak04 says:

    kevinearick Says:
    January 16th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Planetary evolution is the 12th player. The universe is the 13th player. You want both of those players on your side.

    An economy depends on durable, durable goods orders. That depends on durable new family formation, the self-adjusting mechanism of economics. As we have seen, durable new family formation cannot occur when credit decisions lie in the hands of a few, through electronic distribution. You cannot raise a family to meet evolutionary expectations with a gun at your head, extracting all proceeds from work.

    ———–

    “Cassandra.”

    It doesn’t hurt to keep warning….but one must always know the “labels” will stick.

    Agree with much you say…see further of “Big Picture” …..but why are folks always “Labeled?”

  17. TakBak04 says:

    mathman Says:
    January 16th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    austincompany:

    Where were these videos when Bush was taking us down? Now that we got more of the same, how exactly are we going to “take our country back”? Go back to the Republicans who put us here (in other words, continue these same policies that Bush put in place and Obama continued? The supposedly liberal ideas, the progressive ideas WERE NEVER TRIED. The video is a typical Republican bullshit smear campaign.
    ————-

    It’s amazing isn’t it? Blows one’s mind… Makes one go off to find some “grounding” in literature, psychology, sociology….to find an answer.

    Maybe those of us who search miss that it’s just PLAIN and SIMPLE: “It’s GREED…and Philosophy of Milton “Friedmanomics?” (Chicago School) ……THINK….”Freed Man” OMICS/COMICS. That should allow some “rolling eyes” ….if one thinks about it. (I read Ayn Rand first year of College….(way back 60′s)I can’t believe how she GREW and MORPHED into a TOOL!!)

  18. hue says:

    i doubt that that was Axelrod, but wow, what a reception in the comments. we’re just a natural disaster from being Haiti …

    Infectious Greed is the bomb, only Paul could think of the best f**king book about the financial crisis.

  19. “Mathman:

    One of the few remaining powers that the “people” have is to vote – and to “throw the bums out”. I really don’t care if it’s Republicans, Dems or otherwise. The point is to get the politicians attention (through a strong voter turn-out and election “surprises”) to get them to do something different than what they are doing now. ”

    no offence, but that is the kind of play-nice B******t that’ll land you another set of Manacles, and an extra Ball-and-Chain.

    hasn’t anyone learned anything about our non-verifiable Electronic Voting machines?
    let alone what ’006, and ’008 brought us for our efforts?

    get real, “Defund to Defend” is what’ll take to make any, substantive, change in this, current, schema.

    in case you missed this: “…If you think about it, the current outcome was obvious as soon as capital engineered the oil embargo to put a gun to the head of labor. How long it would take for capital to discharge the middle class capacitor, developed over several thousand years, was the only variable…”
    from above, kevinearick Says: January 16th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    The AMC (American Middle Class) has been thoroughly Strip-Mined, the vast bulk of their, perceived “Assets” are, merely, IOUs that are, largely, as worthless as the Scrip We’re forced to use as Currency..

    you might want to take a(nother) course in Intro to Petro$..

  20. holulu says:

    I am speechless.

    This is HR 4173, The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. (Italic is my hi-light)

    http://financialservices.house.gov/Key_Issues/Financial_Regulatory_Reform/FinancialRegulatoryReform/111_hr_finsrv_4173_full.pdf

    Section 1701 (ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR FINANCIAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT.) starts on page 436 and on subsection C (FINANCIAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT) say:
    “(1) IN GENERAL.—In unusual and exigent circumstances, the Board of Governors of the FederalReserve System, upon the written determination, pursuant to section 1109 of the Financial Stability
    Improvement Act of 2009, of the Financial Stability with BILLS Oversight Council, that a liquidity event exists that could destabilize the financial system (which determination shall be made upon a vote of not less than two-thirds of the members of such Council then serving), and with the written consent of the Secretary of the Treasury (after certification by the President that an emergency exists), may authorize any Federal reserve bank, during such periods as the Board may determine and at rates established in accordance with the provision designated as (d) of section 14, to discount for an individual, partnership, or
    corporation, notes, drafts, and bills of exchange when such notes, drafts, and bills of exchange are indorsed or otherwise secured to the satisfaction of the Federal reserve bank and in conformance with regulations or guidelines issued by the Board of Governors regarding the quality of notes, drafts, and bills of exchange available for discount and of the security for those notes, drafts and bills of exchange, unless a joint resolution (as defined in paragraph (5)) is adopted. Upon making any determination under this paragraph, with the consent of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Financial Stability Oversight Council shall promptly submit a notice of such determination to the Congress. The amounts made available under this subsection shall not exceed $4,000,000,000,000.”

    Basically this bill allows future $4 Trillion backstop to WallStreet casino.

  21. Darkness says:

    Transor Z,
    I love it. Bush was a flaming disaster, but he was too freaking stupid to know any better. So he totally gets a bye for it. Partisanship doesn’t cover that. Cultism might.

  22. Hence, why I prefer to avoid politics — members of two tribes talking past each other.

    This post was about an amusing tongue in cheeck admission form an analyst, and it immediately degrades to political sniping.

    Why would I want to join either of your teams? None of you have any objectivity or ability to honestly appraise the situation — suicide when it comes to investing.

  23. Greg0658 says:

    I opened this box only to get here and see our BR has summed it up .. I posted over at the youtube on that link (probably gets deleted by channel owner) .. same same outta me .. welcome to the blog kevinearick and DavidA .. I ditto the Haiti here if we don’t get unified .. because its nature and nature always gets its way .. duty is to maneuver nature so life is easier for us humans .. but $s and “you do it” do get in the way

  24. Steve Barry says:

    “None of you have any objectivity or ability to honestly appraise the situation — suicide when it comes to investing.”

    Please don’t paint every post above with the same brush. I realize you probably don’t have time to read every single comment that closely. Mine and others above were apolitical in that they nailed both parties. The Obama adviser made such a hubris infested post, we had to call bullshit on him. I wouldn’t join either team either, but I can’t totally ignore the issues because of it.

  25. Transor Z says:

    @darkness:
    You don’t actually think my comment was an apology for Bush do you? I’m just sick to death of the partisan rhetorical bullshit. The Axelrod piece is a perfect example. The point I was trying to make is that people feel betrayed by Obama; whereas they just felt embarrassed that Bush was our president.

    Barry, I think most of us were reacting to the 4:46 pm Axelrod comment, which reproduced the entire WaPo opinion by David Axelrod. I want to go on the record as saying I think they’re all a bunch of assholes.

  26. call me ahab says:

    BR-

    dude- please- you are as political as the rest of this on this site- which isn’t overly political- but there are a few folks who post here who see everything through the partisan lens – and I am sure you know who they are- BUT- when a “supposed” David Axelroad posts here (why?)- one of Obama’s “senior” advisors-

    well . . . what the hell are we to talk about then- the weather?

  27. Steve Barry says:

    I see Transor and Ahab had the same reaction I did to BR’s post, almost simultaneously.

    One concept just hit me that I haven’t seen elsewhere. The banks who almost brought the system down and now are paying all those bonuses again were acting pretty rationally, given the free money and lack of regulation handed them. The Fed gave a teenager an empty house, cash, keys to the car, access to liquor and let them have a big party. The house was trashed and the public outrage (outside the blogosphere) is almost all on the teenager – the “fat cat” banker. If I were the Fed and Obama, I would play that up as much as possible to deflect all the blame. We have the banks we deserve now…direct outrage at the Fed or it will happen over and over.

  28. flipspiceland says:

    That interview with Moyers was about as lame as they come.

    Trying to make TheBamster look good, while Jamie Dimon is Numero Uno on The Bamsters speed dial.

    This kind of rabid partisanship, made to look like objectivity—–I don’t how Moyers gets away with it other than he’s on PBS and few watch him. Here’s one you can’t blame on Bush, as much as I despise that goofball:

    Re: the financial committee hearings last week, a distinctly Democrat dominated knitting bee:

    WHERE ARE THE GODDAMNED SUBPOENAS a la the Pecroa hearings?

  29. Tarkus says:

    Isn’t it interesting that we had the S&L Crisis in the ’80′s (commercial real estate), then Long-Term Cap Mgmt (overleveraged on derivatives), and then the combination of (all) real estate and overleveraging in derivatives. It’s like pieces were tried before the whole thing was merged to make it worse. It can’t be that financial companies were oblivious to history, not “the best and brightest”, can it?
    Banks are more directly responsible for the mess because not only did they create the destruction, they lobbied for the lack of regulation that permitted it. (Brooksley Born got pushed aside – why she wasn’t made a major player now speaks volumes about how things are run).
    The banks will continue to play the casino, using cheap Fed money and backstopped by taxpayers (through the invisible tax of decreased purchasing power of their savings) as long as they are allowed to. They will allocate their privileged resources to the roulette wheel rather than make the loans, diverting capital from businesses that actually need it to make riskless profits. That is the opportunity cost that the repeal of Glass-Steagall allows and why those in favor of the game continuing as-is fight to keep the hedge-funds in the walls of “banks”.

  30. austincompany says:

    BR:

    “Hence, why I prefer to avoid politics — members of two tribes talking past each other.

    This post was about an amusing tongue in cheeck admission form an analyst, and it immediately degrades to political sniping.”

    No offense BR – you have a great blog, yadda, yadda, but isn’t this the Chinese way? When I was in China, all the people (I was around at least) spoke about was business (production, inventory, etc.) – a businessman’s dream. But nary a word about politics. I was told that this is the Chinese way – make all of the money you can but leave the politics to the guys in Beijing.

    Though perhaps you are on to something, maybe political debate, voting and which party is in power doesn’t matter anymore in regards to investing, taxes or accumulating wealth – but I personally think it does. If not, then we are closer to the Chinese way of governance than most of us would like to admit.

  31. Greg0658 says:

    SteveB – fyi this bar blog is my favorite 2D site (can focus) .. my fav 3D bar blog is playing football now (and the weatherchannel) .. back here for a spell to food-up (low & high) …

    oh – Go MN and whinney Bret who doesn’t know what else to do with himself but throw that oddly shaped ball

  32. common-sense says:

    kevinearick: Brilliant synopsis…and you must be an EE. The S/N ratio of your post was high (for the electronically challenged, that’s a good thing)

    I’ll quote Einstein: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

    …and Billy Preston: “Will it go ’round in circles”

  33. ToNYC says:

    kevinearick:
    With all due respect, less is more. Ignorance is NOT naturally contagious. You are talking Madness, indeed. Solipsism is OK, for you.

  34. bman says:

    Whether he’s the real axlerod or just a crankshaft, the Nasdaq crashed because Bush didn’t cleanly lose the election.

  35. DiggidyDan says:

    To return to the original post, there is no need to “take down capitalism” (neither in the hard way, nor the easy way). Capitalism “takes itself down” because this is inherent in the system.

    You see, capitalism is, in theory, an economic complex adaptive system modeled upon the broader laws of the universe that balance chaos and order in an unstable continuum of equilibrium states. The principles of free markets and natural price discovery in an imaginary exchange of needs and resources are just mirrors of the broader Macrocosm. This system imposes feedback mechanisms that will create extremes over varying time periods and conditions to “reset” the system of economic exchange. This can be done via bubble and crashes, as we have seen in our recent myopic view of the system. (i.e. the original posts examples of the tech bubble and the debt crash). It can be done with instances of more amplitude in the depressions and internal collapse of sovereign states and nations economic systems (i.e. iceland, russia, etc) or political revolution when the imbalance manifests in revolt (American and French Revolutions, previous Russian Revolutions, Roman Empire, etc.) in which instances the stock market and currency do not matter(as they are merely conveniences of human exchange developed to simplify the broader exchange of resources).

    And finally, in more ultimate terms the collapse of economics in the broadest sense can occur when resources are destroyed in massive wars, natural disaster, and external events beyond our control. To the point of the balance of the real universe being the great equalizer. Think of nuclear holocaust, species extinction, or astrological events like a giant meteor blasting earth out of the sky or a star exploding.

    You see, this is all relative and scalar, and to think some source of power as miniscule as human influence is controlling the natural order of everything is absurd. It is all just matter and energy, maelstroming in between existence and nothingness.