The Temples of Thieves: Or The Discombobulation of their Victims.
A long, long, time ago, a bunch of thieves wanted to improve their trade: thievery. They got together and figured that if they could build large seafaring boats, they could become pirates. This way they could enrich themselves and dominate their trade – thievery. They could become the most powerful thieves!
And so, these thieves organized boat building sites. They gathered large numbers of thieves and eventually they built some large seafaring boats. More, they figured out how to build fast boats, boats with giant-fucking guns shooting out of the sides, boats with hulls so big they could carry large amounts of loot and they also figured out new technology to maneuver these boats faster than anything else on the seas.
And so while people busied themselves with the day-to-day drudgery of building boats for fishing and for travel, these thieves built pirate ships that could plunder the wealth of travelers; ships that could loot the belongings of seafarers and seize the catch of fishermen on the high seas.
These thieves and their thieving offspring eventually built all sorts of empires. None great, none wealthy, but all of them, very rich, from their loot.
And so the children of their victims grew up and marveled at the rich empires of the thieves. “If only we could build ships as fast, as big, and as maneuverable as these thieves we could also become very rich.” Or so the children of the victims of piracy imagined.
And so as time went on, and as time passed, the children of the victims of thievery discombobulated about their decrepit outcomes. They could not become rich – not as rich as the empires of thieves. They decided to speak with the Warrior Philosophers from an old clan, the Narmer Dynasty, to ascertain the deeper workings of their cognitive dissonance with reality.
And so the question arose within the Narmer Temples – the question was posed to the victims of thievery: “To what end have you built big, fast, maneuverable boats?” The victims of thieves replied: To become very rich. “And so why haven’t you become rich?” asked the warriors. The victims had no reply. The warriors reposed the question to gain a deeper understanding of the victims’ plight: “How did the empires of thieves become so rich with building such boats?”
And so the victims of thieves exposed what the offspring of thieves had told them: The empires of thieves claim in their various temples of thief-education that nations can become rich by building faster, newer, bigger, more maneuverable seafaring boats. “Is that all they claim?” asked the warriors. The victims of thieves replied with an emphatic yes.
And so the warriors of the Narmer Dynasty reached out to the victims of thieves: “To get the outcome you seek, you must first understand what you have become – a victim of thieves. You must first understand how you got here and the solution to your unequal outcomes will become clear. Go away, and never come back to this Temple until you have understood what it is you have become – a victim of thieves.”
And so the victims of thieves left the temples, and they have yet to return to the temple of the warriors.