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Don’t trust the bitch pr.2

Learning the hard way

June needs this education so badly because she makes plans & trusts people she shouldn’t, so that they fit in her plan. That’s madness, simply put. Her parents are just like her: They’ve bet the house on her MBA. This is not a good economy for this sort of risks, but who knew?

The girl arrives to work at the big financial operator who offered to transfer her to NYC & pay for a great apartment. Her first day of work, she learns the company is being shut down because the CEO was essentially running a criminal organization & the government found it troubling. This we can call the knowledge problem: How do you know that the organization for which you work is not criminal? To the employees, it might not seem criminal – after all, someone makes the rules, they obey the rules. Jobs have to be done…

She meets a young man there, Marc. He suggests, she should adopt a selfish attitude: The employees are promptly looting the wreck. They are not less insistent on their own good than their bosses. They are just less able to commit crimes to get good things. Marc epitomizes these workers: Young, black, smart, dedicated to work. He promptly fires someone for no reason, he points out, to give June a job. He gets a job as a manager in a donuts-for-hipsters place within hours of being fired. Life is about doing, doing is making really, & self-made men cannot allow holes in their resumes. One wonders again about what a job is…

June is, however, no weakling. Faced with her money stolen by Chloe, she retaliates by selling her furniture. She feels justice is being done, she is looking out for herself. She is shocked to see Chloe approve of her newfound toughness. She is not used to seeing respect for strength. June, like all decent people, cannot respect her enemies, & so cannot face necessity…

But June teaches a fundamental lesson to Chloe. In the pursuit of Chloe’s sold possessions, they have to persuade some Asian immigrants to sell back an ottoman. June proves that an appeal to morality backed by the threat of destruction is incredibly effective. Naked immorality may be deficient. Chloe had rather tried seduction.

James van der Beek attempts a justification: Chloe may have the morals of a pirate, but she is loyal to her friends. Then he recounts how she threw him a surprise birthday party in Vietnam that ended up with him thrown in jail for debts. So the real lesson is again: Take care of yourself. Are James & Chloe friends? They trust each other with their immoral stories about their immoral pleasures.