Taking the Contrarian View
I'm sure at one time or another in recent years you've heard the term contrarian used by others or in the media at large, particularly in the investments realm. In this series of posts I'll be discussing what it means to be a contrarian and applying that principle to your gold prospecting and mining endeavors.
"Our Way or the Highway"
The essential definition of a contrarian is someone who takes a contrary or opposite view or stand to the views/stands held by the majority. In other words, contrarians go against the grain.
In a political or social sense being a contrarian can prove to be risky business, especially when the unwashed masses out there (and their "controllers") get all fired up when someone steps out of line and expresses views that aren't popular or in synch with their own. Then it's "our way or the highway" time.
Not Much of a Contrarian Voice
Marching to the beat of that same old insistent drummer is perfectly fine for most people and holds no inherent risk when taken at face value. However, the dangers of marching lockstep to someone else's directions without question or opposition are well documented in modern history and are easily expressed through names like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il Sung, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, and others of similar ilk today. In these instances, contrarians need not apply (at the risk of life, limb, or liberty). I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that the "status quo" has its merits but when there's no contrarian voice to be heard or opposing stands to be made, you'd better duck and cover 'cause the shit's about to hit the proverbial fan.
Me? Since my young adult days I've been a contrarian thinker to a greater or lesser degree. I'm even more so now as an aging gentleman of questionable pedigree. I've never had much in the way of tolerance for any sort of totalitarian thinking from the left, center, or the right...this should explain why I dislike much of what I see around me today in the United States in terms of society, the media, and politics. There doesn't seem to be much of a contrarian voice out there except in isolated instances and I find that pointedly disheartening. On the plus side, an acquaintance recently told me that I held a "contrarian viewpoint" regarding just about everything. Far from being upset, I accepted his astute evaluation with great pride.
If You're Open
That's my generic world view and it has little in common with gold prospecting or mining except the contrarian point of view thing. As in life in general, being a follower who toes the "party" line is not necessarily the best way to get at the gold...placer or otherwise. Sometimes, by taking the opposing view and distancing ourselves from the "standardized" or accepted ways of doing things we can actually reduce or minimize our risk (and investment) and increase our potential gold recovery values. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but there's truth in what I say if you're open to hearing it.
Now that I've gotten your attention I want you to think long and hard on what I've said in this post...vagueness notwithstanding. Because being a contrarian thinker and, most importantly, a contrarian "do'er" can help you reap golden rewards well beyond those attained by the unimaginative or the uninspired who dully follow the rules without ever veering an inch in either direction.
Trust me on this...
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2014
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