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Posted by Tim Bryce on August 1, 2012


– Where everything is the opposite of what you are used to.

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As a kid, I had an impressive collection of comic books, but as you grow older mothers have a tendency to clean out closets and dispose of such debris. Although I was able to save my baseball cards, my comic book collection was sacrificed to the garbage man. It was a pity too as my collection would probably be worth a small fortune today, but such is life. As a youngster, I was more of a fan of DC Comics as opposed to Marvel, but they were all enjoyable in their own way. I tended to gravitate to Superman along with the various manifestations, e.g., Action Comics, Superboy, Jimmy Olsen, Justice League of America, etc.

I was a big fan probably because I knew “The Man of Steel” was the toughest hombre on the block to defeat, plus I was addicted to the “Adventures of Superman” TV show starring George Reeves. The one story line I found amusing was the “Bizarro” character which represented a grotesque mirror-image opposite of Superman, thereby becoming his antagonist. Everything “Bizarro” did was the opposite of what we had come to expect from our hero. For example, “bad” meant “good” and the value system was predictably the opposite of Superman’s.

More and more frequently, I suspect we have all entered the Bizarro World where everything is the opposite of what we were taught. For example, we glorify celebrities and pay them an obnoxious amount of money for frivolous entertainment as opposed to doing anything of substance. Somehow this seems backwards to me, where a fool earns more money and adulation as opposed to a king. There are plenty of other examples:

* People are more concerned with being politically correct as opposed to getting a job done. Heck, we can even be reprimanded and sued for an improper word, look, or our general deportment.

* Workers no longer feel they are leading worthy and meaningful lives. Consequently they do not maintain loyalties and drift from one meaningless job to another. Loyalty is no longer earned, it is purchased.

* People are applauded and congratulated for cheating the system, not adhering to it. We no longer consider such things as unemployment as a safety net, but as an addictive entitlement instead.

* People seem to prefer dependence on entitlements as opposed to independence by earning their way through life. Under this scenario, those who work hard are chided as chumps, while others wallow in self-pity providing no value to society other than being a burden.

* Instead of government being a servant of the people, people are willfully enslaved to their government.

* Instead of thinking for ourselves and challenging facts, people prefer to act like sheep and let others do the thinking for them, particularly the government and media.

* Duty, honor, patriotism, citizenship, compassion, respect, and dignity are considered antiquated concepts from a bygone era.

* Common sense is no longer common. People are no longer interested in doing what is right, only that which is expeditious.

Some people will undoubtedly thrive in Bizarro World, but the other half will certainly perish. I’m not sure when we entered the Bizarro World, nor do I remember how Superman handled the situation. Maybe the only way to substantiate it is to view Earth from space; if it has cubed as opposed to remaining round, then you know we’re in trouble. Either that or if Mister Mxyzptlk is reelected to the White House in November, than you know our fate is sealed.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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I’M JUST NORMAL…REALLY – You can save a lot of paper if you just take my word for it.



  1. And here we are with a shock report from our Reporter on the ground in Bizarro world.” The world’s gone mad you say Tim?”
    “Yes David, everything is suddenly the opposite of what we grew up knowing. Respect is out the window and the lunatics have taken over the asylum.”
    “Thanks Tim, Is it time to batten down the hatches with us on the inside looking out at the stupidity?”
    “No, it’s time to get out there and stand up for the old values and make sure the Politicians ensure they’re included in education and that Politicians start to regulate firm policies which don’t conform to Political Correctness and which don’t allow people to develop a state benefits mentality, always expecting something for nothing.”
    “Thanks Tim. I’m sure you’ll keep us abreast of any changes in Bizarro world but I admit I won’t be holding my breath.”


  2. Tim Bryce said

    A W.A. of the Dominican Republic wrote…



  3. Tim Bryce said

    An S.B. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “I like your note – you are going to offend some people with this you know….”


  4. Tim Bryce said

    A J.C. of Baltimore, Maryland wrote…

    “A friend of mine lost his job when the recession hit. I live in Maryland, a state doing fairly well, yet even so, jobs were lost. All he wanted to do was work to support his family – instead, he received unemployment and food stamps. He had/has no car, and almost every day would set out on foot to see if anyone was hiring for day labor jobs. Sometimes he got lucky and found something that would last a couple of days. He was paid “under the table” because otherwise, he would have lost the meager benefits rationed out to his family. Finally, four months ago, he found a full time job in construction. His family no longer needs or receives food stamps. There are even benefits with the job. He is much happier now. On the other hand, I know others in the city who are quite complacent and happy to let the government take care of them. These are often next generation welfare recipients. I think for those who grew up in homes where at least one, if not both, parents worked, there’s a different view of work.”


  5. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “”Somehow this seems backwards to me, where a fool earns more money and adulation as opposed to a king. ” Agreed. The problem is with the fools who pay these huge amounts and the public, who continues to idolize celebrities, actors and athletes. Our priorities have been badly skewed.


  6. Tim Bryce said

    A J.L. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “The Bizarro class is comprised mostly of politicals. They are easy to get rid of but require a small amount of effort. That effort has a name, it’s called VOTING!”


  7. Tim Bryce said

    A P.M. of Palm Harbor, Florida wrote…

    “The action heros that you refer to, Tim, did one thing for me; they taught me to never give up on your goals!! We need to keep this in mind as we deal with the polling coming out of various news media and work harder than ever to get our man elected!! Hey, couldn’t Superman leap tall buildings at a single bound?”


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