Connive; verb: secretly allow (something considered immoral, illegal, wrong, or harmful) to occur. Oxford Languages. Modern abbreviation: the con game.

                          “The con man conning the con man conning the con.”

Or, as Mr. Carnegie once put it: “The business of business is business.”

Some people believe the world operates this way. Judging solely upon appearances, they can make a conspiratorially convincing case. Honestly though, raise your hand, your honest hand (no one’s looking right now), if you personally believe the world operates this way?

. . . smallish pause for the undecided . . .

I don’t really sense that there are many hands going up. Do you?

And, truthfully, the hands that shot straight up enthusiastically did so because they wholeheartedly believe in the con game . . . as they are the operators of the game.

That’s not a con. That’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I’m just saying.

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