I was once asked a question about the Game and the “Art of Deception”. The individual asking the question seemed to be under the impression that the Game was nothing but psychological tricks and methods of deception.
Now I couldn’t get upset about their interpretation because normally when you hear anything about the Game it’s usually spoken about in relation to the underworld – street Hustling, street Macking and Pimping. These are all considered immoral and manipulative “professions” to some degree.
What’s interesting about the Game is that it’s just a vault full of knowledge and information that can be used however a person chooses to use it.
If you ever watched the television series, Breaking Bad, you know that the main character, Walter White, was a master chemist. He could have used that knowledge for anything he wanted, but he chose to use it to build a meth drug empire. The knowledge of chemistry isn’t good or bad within itself. But how that knowledge is used can make it good or bad.
Same thing with the knowledge of the Game.
The underworld is a world that exists just below yours. It’s a world where people play by different rules. And the people who operate in this world both live and are judged by these rules.
In the “normal” world, you go to work, take care of your family, try to abide by the law, etc. In the underworld, they do the same thing but their mentality of how and why it’s done is much different.
In the "normal" world it’s generally accepted that you should go to school, get a good job and spend a large portion of your life climbing up the company ladder. This allows you to make more money and eventually you’re supposed to retire and live the rest of your life fairly comfortable. As many of you are aware, this dream died out many decades ago but it’s still taught to the American masses.
We’re taught to sacrifice a large part of our early years to eventually be able to live the life we want in our later years.
In the underworld the general consensus is, why wait until you’re too old to really enjoy life to the fullest? I can’t think of a better quote that one of Jay-Z’s old lyrics from the song, Can I live?, where he says, “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”
Do you see the difference in the mentality? In the “normal” world you wait and play by the rules; in the underworld you create and play by a different set of rules. Rules that many of you have never been taught.
The reality is, a lot of these rules are still used today. They are disguised as legitimate businesses to “fleece” (pull the wool over the eyes) the general public. In other words, these underworld “rackets” were made illegal, but because the business model behind them is solid, they were dressed-up in nicer outfits and made legal. The names changed, but the Games remain the same.
I’ll give you two simple examples that you should already be familiar with. For students of the Game, I urge you to take your time and do some research on these for yourself so you can peep the Game in them:
These are hustles, plain and simple. They promise possible immediate gains, but the price you pay is often much bigger than you’re led to initially believe. I’m quite sure you can think of other so-called legitimate businesses that actually trap the consumer. The people running these types of businesses win more often than they lose. If you're playing a game you want to win, right?
Why do these businesses work? Because they’re playing a game based on rules that many people have no knowledge of. This would be the art of deception in play. When you know something that someone else doesn’t, that gives you a degree of power in that area.
I will never make the claim that deception doesn’t work. But I will make the claim that with the Game itself, deception isn’t necessary. But like I said earlier, it all depends on how the knowledge is used.
So what’s the point behind all of this? Simply, much of what you’ve been taught about the underworld is false. It’s not a place of heartless thugs, and violent criminals. Many of the rules and methods that have been in play for hundreds of years are still used today. They’re right in your face, but because you haven’t been taught about the Game, you’re at risk to becoming a victim of it.
I’ve always told you that at the highest levels of the Game you don’t see “street thugs”, you see Gentleman and Ladies. They're intelligent, dress well; they’re articulate and will greet you with a smile. You can’t peep their Game because by the time you discover it, it’s too late. You usually never see them coming unless you have Game. Which leads to the old adage, "Game recognize Game."
The underworld runs parallel to your normal world at all times. You just can’t see it because you have been taught to look for a world full of petty ignorant criminals. An old stage magician's trick called, misdirection.
Once again, a lot of this is there in your face almost every single day. That’s why it’s called the underworld, because it operates directly under your "normal" world – not hidden away someplace else where nobody can find it.
While you work and wait for a better tomorrow, the Players work and create for a better today.
So back to the question I mentioned at the beginning. Is the Game a bunch of psychological tricks and carefully plotted deceptions? It can be and it’s still used that way today. But it can also be used to shut down all these deceptions and tricks because that is what it was originally designed to do.
For those that know, you’ve just been laced on why you should be constantly stepping your Game up. Until next time…
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