They say don’t drink the tap water in mexico, the economics of water for two adults and an infant in Mexico

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The thing that I will miss most about living in Mexico is a 20 L Bottle of water and a bomba sifon (hand pump). I know that sounds silly, but there is something very restorative about looking into how much water you are drinking on a daily basis and seeing the financial cost of consuming water.

In America, we are spoiled for water. I can turn on the tap and drink freely to my heart’s content, it costs me next to nothing, and it has been that way my whole life. Even when I was living on a farm as a young man, I never had to worry about the contents of the water.

But here in Mexico, I have been told time and time again not to drink the water from the tap. Doesn’t matter what state you are in, don’t do it. Do I know, or have hard facts that the water is unsafe? No. But do I disregard what I have been told/read about the water? No. So I buy refills of a 20 L Bottle.

In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, Oaxaca and in Cancun, I have been buying water for my family to drink clean, water. Some days I catch a water salesman shouting from the street, “AGUA!” Other days I am seduced by the soft voice coming from a loud speaker mounted to a truck, “La agua…” And days like today I have to carry my deposit bottle to either a convenience store or a grocery store, and carry 20 L of water home.

The cost of the water really isn’t all that much. In most places they sell a refill of 20 L for around 30 MXN (~1.50 USD). Strangely, in Oaxaca it was almost half that when purhcased from a salesman. And my household of two adults and an infant go through 20 L every three-four days. And so on this trip of nearly 33 days, we have gone through roughly 200 L of water, which will mean we spent a little under 300 MXN (~15 USD) just for water. In a year, that is 2.4 Kilo Liters, or 3600 MXN (~180 USD).

So why am doing all this math? Because I have never had to living in America. I have never visably watched my family go through water, I have never had to consider the economics of it, I have never had to be sold water by salesmen, or had to lug a huge bottle of water home. Now that I have, I understand what a beautiful and expensive gift it is to having clean water that comes straight from the tap.

This new found appreciation for water, and so many other gifts, would have never come my way had I just stayed home and continued working for work’s sake. Don’t make the mistake of working for work’s sake. The world, and all her gifts, are waiting for you.

What The Sovereign Individual Is About, or Why Should I Buy Cryptocurrency

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You are not alone if you have found your self asking, “Why should I buy cryptocurrency?”

While I was searching for why I should, I discovered a book that eloquently, and correctly, hypothesized what the world would look like after the year 2000 from the perspective of 1998. I imagine it was much like looking over a chasm’s edge.

The Sovereign Individual was written by James Dale Davidson & Lord William Rees-Mogg. I imagine writing with a partner is difficult, but these two pulled it off nicely.

How I came by the book

It is difficult to pinpoint in memory where I found this book suggestion. I don’t use goodreads or other review/recommendation websites. Most times it seems that books are looking for me.

As for The Sovereign Individual, I came across the book while digging through some cryptocurrency forum. The subtitle, “Mastering the Transition to the Information Age” seemed interesting enough.

I’ve written about this kind of stuff before.

I grabbed a copy from Lib Gen on my personal phone and had Librera Pro read the text to me (TextToSpeech, TTS). That’s right, I did not read the book. I listened to it, which just lends to the validity of this book in my eyes… or ears.

What the book is about

The Sovereign Individual is about how impactful technology is on the mega-political structures of humankind.

They, Davidson & Rees-Mogg, examine three major historical turning points:

  • The End of the Roman Empire
  • The End of the Roman Catholic Church
  • The End of the Iron Curtain

With each of these historical turning points, they look at:

  • The context for why these technologies were revolutionary
  • How each new technology fueled changes in human quality of life (for better and for worse)
  • How currency has changed with each era of mankind on account of these technologies

They elucidate that with the invention of the micro-processor humankind has transcended the need or use of the nation-state.

What does their argument look like?

Computational encryption and communication empowers man to write messages that the nation-state can’t stop. And thusly, be able to exercise sovereignty over their liberty.

Need a couple examples?

Unstoppable Messages

I can lock a message with OneKeyChain on my phone that only you can unlock. Or a group of people can unlock. In that encrypted message could be anything. And the desirous-to-be-all-seeing nation-state doesn’t like that.

If you wanted to lock a message that only I can open, here is the pgp public key I generated as an example:

You can lock messages with it and I will be the only person who can open it.

Let’s look at another example.

Uninterruptible & Untraceable Money

Let’s say that you sent me an encrypted message (thank you by the way).

In that encrypted message is an order for something that the nation-state doesn’t want you to buy, but I want to sell you.

As with any transaction, there needs to be an exchange. To fulfill your encrypted order I want to be paid in a way that follows these rules:

  • No outside party can interfere with the funds in your wallet, my wallet, or in transmission
  • The funds can be programmed to dispense once your order is filled
  • The funds cannot be traced by any outside party
  • And the communication of that money must be encrypted as well

As you’d imagine, that sounds like a tall order for you to fill. As a suggestion, a good example of money we could use is DERO.

Here is a wallet address you could send funds to:

dERoiy11j2QBJ8Uc7MRcSUNw8ywPdWezHXKBNjb1kWLTc1q9unFRPCiiRcHt1FrLCmJkLTSumDL8dAFnqW8jCEJJ6dnci9BB6T

What I think of the book

The most fascinating part of this book is the survival list they give for how to survive the death of the nation-state.

I re-wrote the list in my own words:

  • Become a customer of government, and go where you are best served
  • Cease and desist being an American Citizen, they are going to tax and regulate you into poverty
  • Live as a luxurious refugee, traveling the globe
  • Do not leave money in any country that seeks to conscript you or your family
  • Reside in a country other than where you have a passport
  • Travel widely to countries that want you and your business
  • Reside in physically secured places, safe from violence (guards, walls, security systems)
  • Hire protection, physical and legal
  • Avoid jurisdictions that were once industrial era giants
  • Keep your focus on the southern hemisphere
  • Get your business on the internet
  • Use encryption
  • Domicile your business in a tax haven/off-shore trust
  • Focus on countries with high income inequalities
  • Earn income as an “agent”, or as a gig worker; think: piece work
  • Study how and where tech is going to replace your skills
  • Generate an income by adding knowledge to products and services
  • Work for the rich, the brilliant, and the skillful – not the State
  • Divest time, money and energy from high consumption countries; trends will change
  • Clearly anticipate the concept of debt deflation
  • Invest in cybermoney (Crypto)
  • Avoid debt
  • Look at the P&L and Balance Sheet of the countries you want to do business in or live in
  • Bring innovations to countries that don’t have, or ever used, those products/services
  • Improve your thinking, communicate your ideas on the internet
  • Stop thinking conventional thoughts or using conventional sources of information
  • Make the very wealthy your customers by bringing them products and services
  • Develop and practice a code of honor from a core set of deeply held values (honor, honesty, etc…)

What I think you will get out of this book

Ultimately, I think that you will enjoy the history stuff. Really captivating how logical the history of it all fits together.

I also think it will give you a reason to think deeply about where you live, and the direction your nation-state is going.

Possibly rethink how you use the internet to your advantage and not your detriment.

But if for nothing else, I would hope that you would consider what having a peer-to-peer (P2P) form of money means for humankind.

In All Thy Getting, Get Thee Profit First

Profit from these words

I am tremendously surprised that I haven’t reported on this book before. I have been using the method for over a year now, strike that, two years nearly, and Profit First has been the single most important financial book I’ve read as a serial small business owner.

Profit First Book Review / Summary - Mike Michalowicz ...
Quick Read, and Blammo! Changed Business.

When I was young, I learned the concept of tithing. While I wasn’t very fond of the idea of paying a portion of my income to the local church I attended as a young man, looking back I am exceptionally grateful that my parents and church leaders encouraged me to do so. Those small contributions, widow’s mites by sum, helped my community keep the local church doors open and afloat. More importantly, however, I learned a principle about money that could only be described in the useful idiom made famous by Benjamin Franklin, “A place for everything, everything in its place.

Applying the principle of tithing to my own life, which I have for many years now, even after having left the church, I have grown a considerable foundation of wealth the likes of which would have never been possible without the idea of setting up to “the lord” the best you have. That allocation I have so dutifully sown with all my personal income has grown to a healthy spring of wealth.

But when it came to business, this principle seemed to have been missed by me. Everything that was going out of the business was everything that was going into the business. My business seemed to call for that as though it were the only way to stay afloat. And yet, each day I felt as though me and my business were headed for the hard rocks of financial ruin.

That’s just about the time I discovered Profit First on the front desk at the office late one night as I was pacing up and down the halls, stressed about how I was going to make all the bills work. I’d made more money than I had to date, that wasn’t the problem, and yet there was seemingly no more money for me at the end of the day. That’s when I saw those words, “Transform your business from a cash-eating monster to a money-making machine.” Those words shone like a light house in the thick fog of financial affairs I had made for myself. I picked up that book and read the whole thing in less than an hour.

The idea was so simple, the process so easy, and the implementation so quick that the effects were felt immediately (read: that night). In that single night, I corrected my financial future in a way I hadn’t thought possible at the time. A year later I had achieved a sense of financial security in my business that is hard to describe to my fellow associates who don’t implement these cash-flow ideas.

Now two years later, the fact that the Profit First Method worked on my business was no fluke. Later I applied these ideas to other businesses I took part in, and Mike’s ideas changed those businesses too (read: my friends and family’s lives). It took some time to help others understand that this palliative would fix what was ailing our businesses. Often it took them completely throwing in the towel before they’d let me steer. And to the surprise of friends and family, the idea that there is a “place for everything,” resulted in them achieving a level of wealth that they never had before.

In the end, all that it took to have greater security in our lives was a little faith towards an age old practice, setting up the best before the lord: a tithe.

What are your thoughts on cash-flow management? Comment below.