rules for evaluating the political significance of behavior

  1. Anything good that happens to me happens because of my hard work.
  2. Anything bad that happens to me happens because of unforeseeable circumstances and general bad luck.
  3. Anything good that happens to you happens because you are the undeserving beneficiary of positive circumstances.
  4. Anything bad that happens to you happens because you are lazy and/or thoughtless.